Modi violated poll code: Cong

The Gujarat Congress filed a complaint against Chief Minister Narendra Modi for violating the model code of conduct by campaigning on election day on Monday.

"After coming out from the polling booth, the chief minister addressed the crowd outside and by showing the V sign he appealed the voters to make victorious the BJP candidate," alleged Vijay Kanara, a member of the Congress' legal cell who filed the complaint with the EC.

The Congress also alleged that Modi had come to the polling station at Nishan High School in Ranip, Ahmedabad, in a large convoy and with scores of BJP workers, whom he addressed after casting his vote. "He is not a candidate from the area where he cast his ballot and appealing for victory of BJP candidate is a clear violation of model code of conduct and EC should immediately take action against him," Kanara said.

In Ranip, Modi said he was confident of winning the elections and forming the next government. "I thank all the voters. In this election, people of Gujarat will make a hat-trick by giving a third term to us. The people will once again vote BJP to power. The sentiments of people here is giving you a clear indication of that," he said.

Three fake EVMs seized

In a unusual incident, three fake Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were seized by Election Commission officials from Anjar constituency in Kutch district during the second phase of polling on Monday, sources said.

The fake machines were found abandoned near three booths — Chitrakutnagar, Vagwadi and Gayatrinagar - in Anjar, which was one of the six Assembly constituencies in Kutch district that went to polls today. EC officials were acting following a complaint made by Congress.

According to officials, the EVM replicas were made from plastic lunch boxes and carried the name and symbol of only the BJP candidate from Anjar, Vasan Ahir. He is the minister of state for transport in the present government.

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