While the popularity of the train is uncontested, many relatives who linger over their goodbyes find themselves travelling perforce, as the doors once closed, open only at the next station.
In the Bhaiya Vs Didi battle in Amethi, the gloves are off as far as Priyanka Gandhi and Smriti Irani are concerned.
When ET caught up with Irani on Thursday at Brahmani village, she said the Congress was mistaken about Amethi being its gadh (bastion), as the constituency only has gaddhe (potholes).
ET took a round of the workshop to find numerous stones defaced with names being scribbled on them in black by people.
If the Congress candidate threatens to hurt the SP-BSP alliance’s chances by cutting into Muslim votes, BJP too faces threat from a Shiv Sena candidate.
Locals, including shopkeepers at the Hanumangarhi, say “maybe the PM does not want to mix politics with the Ram Temple issue” and hence was maintaining a distance.
BJP candidate Rajnath Singh seeks votes of muslims; SP’s Poonam Sinha cites work by Akhilesh government.
The polling spread – Bihar, UP and West Bengal have it in seven phases – has helped Modi increase his appearances in some states.
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
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