The Narendra Modi factor seems to have trumped other factors like caste.
The big push was however clearly in Eastern Uttar Pradesh where Modi did 18 rallies in last three phases compared to only 11 in Western UP in first 4 phases.
Also, the two leading contestants here are no strangers to the voters in this reserved seat, where the BSP is desperate to shed its no-win record.
Outside Amethi and Rae Bareli Congress has ‘islands of hope’ in Mirzapur, Kushinagar and Maharajganj.
BSP supremo Mayawati has sent state party chief RS Kushwaha to contest against the BJP’s sitting MP, Ravinder Kushwaha, the son of four-time MP, HKP Kushwaha.
Varanasi is set to witness a major campaign clash with Congress planning a big road show by Priyanka Gandhi here on Wednesday; a joint rally by Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav a day later.
Priyanka Gandhi, who is still to visit Varanasi post the decision of the party to field Ajay Rai from this seat, is slated to do a road show on May 15.
PM will also be in West Bengal in Basirhat and Diamond Harbour on May 15 and in Mathurapur and Dum Dum on May 16.
The Congress candidates fielded in Sant Kabir Nagar and Deoria seem a prime reason why the BJP still seems in pole position on both these seats instead of the SP-BSP alliance.
'Priyanka Gandhi was here in 2014 and 2017 as well. Both times she failed, and she will fail badly this time too," said Yogi Adityanath.
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