Hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mega roadshow in Varanasi, Congress’s former MLA Ajay Rai of the candidacy of the announcement of the contest when he contested. The past two weeks had witnessed a growing suspense on the possible candidature of the Congress general secretary
to take on Modi head-on in Varanasi With
having announced Shalini Yadav, daughter-in-law of former Union minister
, the road from Varanasi to Delhi has become even easier for Modi
The caste equation in Varanasi is broadly divided in between Vaishyas (3 lakh), Kurmis (2.5 lakh), Brahmins (2.5 lakh), Bhumihars (1.3 lakh) and Rajputs (1 lakh) followed by Muslim (3 lakh), Yadavs (1.5 lakhs) and Dalits (1 lakh). The 2014 elections had witnessed AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal jump into the fray against Modi, in which he won 2 lakh votes ahead of Ajay Rai (75,614 votes) but Modi lost 3,71,784 votes. 2004 in the elections of Congress’ Rajesh Mishra defeated three-time BJP MP Shankar Prasad Jaiswal.
If Priyanka had thrown her hat in the ring from Varanasi, Congress would be banking heavily on SP-BSP combine to withdraw her candidate. Modi and Priyanka The 2014 total tally for SP, BSP, INC and AAP was 3,90,722 votes which will still be way behind Narendra Modi’s 581022 votes. The opposition was hoping to make some inroads in the upper caste votes by raising issues like poor implementation of GST, note-ban and the amendment to the SC / ST Act
Modi’s record as an MP is outstanding. As per reports, he has announced projects worth over Rs 40,000 crore including monorail, flyovers, satellite towns, waste management systems, rejuvenating the River Ganga and starting luxury cruises. But the idea of fielding Priyanka was more embarrassed by Modi By bringing down his victory margin rather than that of winning Fielding an outsider with a well-known face was also ensured there is no confrontation among different city units of opposition parties. But with Ajay Rai and Shalini Yadav in the fray, opposition parties appear to be completing the formalities in Varanasi.