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All eyes set on hot seat of Varanasi

By on May 8, 2014

Elections to 39 constituencies will be held on March 12 in the ninth phase of the polls. All eyes are set on the hot seat of Varanasi as the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) wants to regain its image, while the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) wants to maintain its winning spree.

Varanasi has literally turned into a fortress as around 25,000 paramilitary forces and state armed personnel deployed for sixteen lakh voters to ensure a free and fair election. The national and international media have descended on the sacred city of Varanasi to cover the most high-profile seat contest between Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal.

A large number of volunteers and followers of main political parties Aam Aadmi Party, Congress, and BJP have started moving towards Varanasi from across the country to campaign for their candidates.

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Varanasi will see a triangular contest among Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal, BJP PM’s candidate Narendra Modi, and Congress candidate Ajay Rai for the first time in the Lok Sabha Elections. Quami Ekta Dal leader Mukhtar Ansari has withdrawn from the electoral race of Varanasi to avoid division of secular votes.

The earlier contest looked to be a triangular fight but has largely come down to being a straight fight between BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal, while Congress candidate Ajay Rai seems to have suddenly fallen out of the race.

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The total voters in Varanasi are 1609460 out of which 902969 are male and 706410 are female. Varanasi is comprised of 45 percent upper castes, 20 per cent Muslims, 18 per cent Dalits and 17 percent OBCs.

In Varanasi, 45 percent upper-caste voters including Brahmins, Rajputs, Thakurs and Baniyas will remain loyal to Narendra Modi. Muslim community has a solid 3-4 lakh voters. Muslims will vote for the man who will come out as the strongest contender against Narendra Modi,and it is likely to be Arvind Kejriwal. Some section of Dalits and OBC voters are with Narendra Modi, and others with Arvind Kejriwal. It seems that the 35 percent voters of OBC and Dalits will be a game changer in Varanasi.

Varanasi is now the center of attraction of the biggest election battle in the country. Varanasi will go to the polls on May 12 and the result will be declared on May 16.

 

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