New Delhi: BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi alleged Thursday that the security reasons raised to cancel one of his two planned rallies in Varanasi were fake.
Addressing an election rally at Rohaniya, 12 km from here, Modi also hinted that the Congress was influencing the Election Commission to place curbs on him in Varanasi where he is the BJP's Lok Sabha candidate.
Addressing tens of thousands of cheering supporters, Modi said that supposed security threats were being used to prevent him from meeting the people of Varanasi and perform an aarti at the Ganges.
"I have addressed more than 400 rallies across the country in the last seven months... in terror-hit areas, in Maoist areas... but there has been no security threat.
"Why has suddenly this threat come up in Varanasi?" he asked, while citing comments by Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and Finance Minister P. Chidambaram. "I am ready to die. So why are you afraid?"
The BJP has declared virtual war on the Election Commission after it initially put curbs on Modi's two rallies but later, on the recommendation of local authorities, allowed one rally on Varanasi's outskirts.