The alliance candidate claims she will defeat Narendra Modi in a repeat of then PM Indira Gandhi’s defeat from Rae Bareli in 1977.
Rai had lost the 2017 assembly election from Pindara, his stronghold constituency in Varanasi and in fact finished third here
BJP leaders said that a higher voter turnout will boost the party’s chances in UP, while expressing apprehension over a below 65% turnout so far.
Chowdhary, known as the ‘Dom Raja’, will be the most significant local personality out of the proposers for the PM, given the message it sends in Kashi from the ghats.
"If the PM has come, we will welcome him with all our heart despite having some fundamental differences with the BJP. The onus is on Modi to clear those doubts," said Aziz, a Muslim individual.
Congress leaders led by Sonia Gandhi found no merit in tying Priyanka down to a tough fight.
PM Modi started his seven-kilometer roadshow by first garlanding the statue of Banaras Hindu University founder Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya.
A major talking point in the train was if Priyanka Gandhi will contest from Varanasi against PM Modi.
Congress has smelt its chances in Kanpur and its top brass has put in a special effort here, Priyanka Gandhi has held a road show for Jaiswal last week and party president Rahul Gandhi held a rally for him
SP chief Akhilesh Yadav has also made it clear that Yadav will contest the election from Varanasi even if Congress fields Priyanka Gandhi.
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