Modi to contest from Varanasi
BJP’s Prime Ministerial nominee Narendra Modi will be contesting upcoming Lok Sabha elections from Varanasi
New Delhi: BJP’s Prime Ministerial nominee Narendra Modi will be contesting upcoming Lok Sabha elections from Varanasi. He will replace sitting MP and senior party leader Murli Manohar Joshi, who had been resisting the move to shift him to another constituency. Joshi will now contest from Kanpur.
Modi‘s nomination from Varanasi is a tactical move by the party to impact majority seats in the state, especially those in the Purvanchal region and in neighboring Bihar as well.
Sources said that in 1998, when BJP came to power after managing its highest-ever Lok Sabha tally in Uttar Pradesh, the majority of the seats in the state had come from Purvanchal, which contains the Varanasi segment.
Speculation about Modi contesting from Varanasi had been rife over the past few weeks, which had seen an unhappy Joshi even raising the issue recently at a meeting of the party’s Central Election Committee.
However, the BJP leadership was keen to see Modi contest from Varanasi on the hope that it would boost the party’s electoral prospects in all of Uttar Pradesh, where 80 Lok Sabha seats are at stake.
Once a bastion of BJP, the party’s tally in the state has been dwindling and hit a low of 10 in the 2009 polls.