The sacred city of Varanasi was adorn in saffron colour because a son of Ganga was coming back to conduct his third roadshow in the town where people gave an overwhelming affection to Narendra Modi back in 2014. The streets of Varanasi filled up with the loud roar of Modi chants as Narendra Modi kick started his roadshow from his election seat on Thursday before filing his nomination. The roadshow initiated with Modi festooning a statute of Madan Mohan Malviya at Banaras Hindu University. Narendra Modi passed by in his convoy, waving from his car as promoters poured him with flowers and expecting their votes.
The anticipation about the Congress candidate from Varanasi collapsed as Ajay Rai was fielded against Narendra Modi who got only 75,614 votes in 2014 Lok Sabha Elections. Before finally revealing the candidate for Varanasi, there were major speculations that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will contest against Narendra Modi. Political analyst Vinod Kapoor thinks that Priyanka is a “secret weapon of the congress” which the party won’t use too soon. They have brought her into politics at a time when local parties of Uttar Pradesh like BSP and SP are not giving priority to the Congress. By giving her the control of Uttar Pradesh east, a pivotal region, Congress party has surely switched on it cadre.
Kapoor further stated that fighting elections from Varanasi would have proved to be a tough decision. The party would not be willing to waste one of its strong candidates in region where probability of victory are quite low.
Voting in Varanasi Lok sabha are planned on 19th May which will be the seventh and final stage of Lok Sabha elections.