The Election Commission has cancelled the nomination of former Border Security Force trooper Tej Bahadur Yadav, who was set to contest from the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Tej Bahadur Yadav had been served a notice on Tuesday because he had given different reasons for leaving his job in the two sets of nomination papers filed — one as an Independent and the second as a Samajwadi Party candidate.

The former security personnel told reporters that his nomination papers were cancelled at the behest of the Centre even though he had replied to the notice explaining the difference in reasons.

As soon as the news of the cancellation spread, Samajwadi Party workers gathered at the Collectorate.

Later, talking to reporters, District Magistrate Surendra Singh said that Tej Bahadur Yadav had failed to give a satisfactory response to the notice served and hence his nomination was cancelled.

Tej Bahadur Yadav said on Wednesday that he will take up the matter with the Supreme Court.