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NEW DELHI, May 10 � Under attack over handling the high-profile Varanasi constituency, the Election Commission today rejected any differences at the top as sought to be suggested by EC H S Brahma and dismissed the BJP charge that it was timid and weak in taking decisions, reports PTI.

The Commission also rejected any bias in allowing roadshows by Rahul Gandhi and UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav but denying permission for Narendra Modi to address a public meeting in his constituency from a venue of the BJP�s choice on Wednesday in a communally sensitive area.

In an interview to PTI, Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath pointed out that Brahma is also party to all the decisions and any attack on the Commission applied to all of them.

He strongly defended the decision of the Returning Officer of Varanasi and ruled out his removal from the constituency, which will witness polling on Monday.

He dismissed allegations of a partisan approach in quickly ordering filing a complaint against Modi in Gandhinagar while seeking a report in case of Rahul Gandhi for alleged violation of voting secrecy in Amethi.

�The top leadership comprising all three Commissioners functions, acts as a team and it is discharging its constitutional responsibilities with firmness and with the required promptitude.

�We also strongly deny that there are any differences among ourselves. All decisions, including in this issue relating to Varanasi meeting venue, all decisions have been taken only unanimously.

�We have no difference whatsoever. In fact, the decisions we have taken about Varanasi, the full Commission held a press conference on May 8 in which all these decisions were explained to the entire media.

The BJP, including its Prime Ministerial candidate Modi, had launched an all-out attack on the EC over denial of permission to hold a public meeting in Beniyabagh in Varanasi, which was refused citing security concerns.

Asked about Brahma�s statement in media interactions yesterday about delays in conveying the decision on denial of permission to Modi and whether there was need for him to go public about it, Sampath said, �this is a question which you should ask him only.�

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EC denies differences

NEW DELHI, May 10 � Under attack over handling the high-profile Varanasi constituency, the Election Commission today rejected any differences at the top as sought to be suggested by EC H S Brahma and dismissed the BJP charge that it was timid and weak in taking decisions, reports PTI.

The Commission also rejected any bias in allowing roadshows by Rahul Gandhi and UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav but denying permission for Narendra Modi to address a public meeting in his constituency from a venue of the BJP�s choice on Wednesday in a communally sensitive area.

In an interview to PTI, Chief Election Commissioner VS Sampath pointed out that Brahma is also party to all the decisions and any attack on the Commission applied to all of them.

He strongly defended the decision of the Returning Officer of Varanasi and ruled out his removal from the constituency, which will witness polling on Monday.

He dismissed allegations of a partisan approach in quickly ordering filing a complaint against Modi in Gandhinagar while seeking a report in case of Rahul Gandhi for alleged violation of voting secrecy in Amethi.

�The top leadership comprising all three Commissioners functions, acts as a team and it is discharging its constitutional responsibilities with firmness and with the required promptitude.

�We also strongly deny that there are any differences among ourselves. All decisions, including in this issue relating to Varanasi meeting venue, all decisions have been taken only unanimously.

�We have no difference whatsoever. In fact, the decisions we have taken about Varanasi, the full Commission held a press conference on May 8 in which all these decisions were explained to the entire media.

The BJP, including its Prime Ministerial candidate Modi, had launched an all-out attack on the EC over denial of permission to hold a public meeting in Beniyabagh in Varanasi, which was refused citing security concerns.

Asked about Brahma�s statement in media interactions yesterday about delays in conveying the decision on denial of permission to Modi and whether there was need for him to go public about it, Sampath said, �this is a question which you should ask him only.�

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