EC to check footage of Modi nomination filing
Poll officials in
check the video footage to determine whether Narendra Modi
entered Vadodara District Collector's office, where he filed
his nomination today, with more supporters than stipulated
though prima facie there appears to be no violation of norms.
The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of
the Vadodara Collector to provide the footage of BJP's Prime
Ministerial candidate's entry into his office.
"After watching the visuals on TV channels, we have
asked the District Collector to submit the video on Modi's
entry with his supporters. As per rules, only five people can
go with a candidate while filing papers.
"As they were two candidates (Modi &
who filed his papers as dummy BJP candidate), ten people can
go with them. Prime facie, there seems to be no violation but
we will check the footage," CEO Anita Karwal told reporters.
"I got oral instructions over telephone from the Election
Commission to look into the issue," Vadodara Collector Vinod
The Collector denied any prima facie breach of poll code.
Five people can enter with one candidate, as there was another
candidate (Shukla), ten people can be allowed inside, the
The Election Commission will check the video footage
provided by the Collector before deciding on any action.
Earlier, Modi filed his nomination from Vadodara Lok
Sabha seat after conducting a road-show in the city where he
was greeted by thousands of BJP supporters.
The saffron stalwart was accompanied by a local
tea-vendor, Kiran Mahida, and a member of Vadodara's royal
family Shubhanginidevi Raje-Gaekwad apart from two BJP leaders
at the time of submitting his papers.
Modi is also contesting election from
he is facing AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal and local Congress
MLA Ajay Rai.