On 25th April, Narrendra Modi started his road show in Varanasi with the Uttar Pradesh Chief mister Yogi Aditya nath, Amit Shah and other BJP dignitaries. It was a 7 km road show that started off arround 4:30 PM with the garlanding of the statue of Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, the founder of the Benaras Hindu University. His cavalcade started from Lanka Gate and passed through Assi area and Madanpura area of Varanasi and ended at the Dashashwamedh Ghat in the late evening where he performed Ganga Arati. Madanpura a Muslim dominated area. The Muslims welcomed Narendra Modi and one of them gifted him a shawl which Modi gladly accepted and continued on his cavalcade.The whole area was under tight security and there was no untoward incident. After the road show, he addressed the crowd on issues of terrorism and national security.
Varanasi, the bell weather seat
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the prime minister face of the Bharatya Janata Party was in Varanasi on 25th April 2019. He is contesting again from the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat for the second time. This is a bell weather seat as termed by psephalogists in the recent times. Rather Uttar Pradesh is taken a bell weather state for the party who would come to power in Delhi. Jawahalal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, V P Singh, Atar Bihari Bajpai, all were elected from Uttar Pradesh for the post of the Prime Minister in the past. Narendra Modi was no exception, He contested from the Lok Sabha seat of Varanasi in 2014 was elected with a huge majority. He decimated AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal and Congress candidate Ajay Rai.
Opposition Candidates sure of defeat in Varanasi
Given the resurgence of Modi wave as perceived by the Varanasi Road show by the opposition, they are simply reluctant to field their popular candidates. Take for the instance, the Congress Party chief Rahul Gandhi. His speeches not only entertained the BJP but frustrated the Mahagathnbandhan members. He did a lot of disservice to the party of his forefathers and also to the grand alliance. As he was perceived incorrigible, the Congress party brought in his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to take the reins of the party and regain the lost fortunes. The sister seemed to be more acceptable to the people than her loud mouthed brother.
Congress too afraid to field Priyanka
A grand strategy was formed by the brother sister duo. Uttar Pradesh has 80 Lok Sabha seats. The sister took charge of the 32 seats and the brother took charge of the 28 seats for campaigning for the party. Till a day before the Modi road show in Varanasi, Priyanka was unofficially decided to contest from the Varanasi seat. An ambitious attempt to take on Modi in his own turf. After the road show, it seemed that the Congress Party doesnot want to lose its only trump card- Priyanka Gandhi in a foreseeable humiliating defeat. It has therefore let the Varanasi seat go. Just to put up a brave face, it has fielded its lack lustre candidate, Ajay Rai who lost to Modi in 2014. He is destined to lose again to Modi in 2019.
Modi files his papers
Today, 26th April, Narendra Modi will file his papers with the Election Commission for his Candidacy. He will be accompanied by Aditya nath, Amith Shah, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Akali Dal leader, Shiv Sena Leader Uddav Thackeray. He will meet the booth members of the BJP and other party workers.
Will BJP get 272 seats?
It is now certain that Varanasi will go the Modi once again. However, many are reluctant to give the clear majority to the BJP. In the past 3 phases of elections, the voter turnout was low and in some places very low compared to that of 2014. It was guessed that in 2014, there was Modi wave. Modi took the nation by storm. People were looking for change and was tired of the Congress and now things are different. High unemployment among the youth, farmer distress, fear among the minorities failed to strike a cord with the BJP. Varanasi goes to vote on 19th May, Sunday. Modi will win, but whether the BJP will get the magic 272 seats, time will tell.