Here is why Modi will lose Varanasi seat - Good analysis

Varanasi represents confluence of religion, education and culture epitomized by Baba Vishvanath, BHU and Bhagirathi Ganga. But, this parliamentary election has given it political identity; BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is contesting. Varanasi has suddenly become most important parliamentary constituency in India.

Since Modi chose Varanasi, two questions have been regularly raised. One, why did he choose Varanasi? Two, how easy or difficult is his win from there?

By coming to UP, Modi honoured conventional wisdom which suggests that route to PM’s chair goes through UP. But, BJP had been doing very badly in UP for long. Especially in poorvanchal (east and north-east UP), its performance had been very poor: out of 29 LS seats, it won just three in 2004 and four in 2009. The party perhaps thought that Modi’s candidature from Varanasi and UP would reverse that trend, but it is not so easy with SP and BSP. AAP is also rising in UP.

By making Varanasi the epicenter of its electoral strategy, BJP is trying not only to influence 29 poorvanchal seats, but also 14 seats in adjoining avadh region and nine seats in western districts of neighbouring Bihar taking the total to 52 lok sabha seats. Thus, with Modi at Varanasi, the party is targeting a massive win for its prime ministerial candidate in which UP and Bihar are going to play crucial roles. Besides that, eastern UP is poor in development; Modi can probably enthuse voters there by selling his image of ‘development man’ from Gujarat. His development model will not work in UP.

But, with poor winning chances of Modi from varanasi, we have to keep fingers crossed. With all major parties fielding candidates, Modi must be a little more worried man. If all non-BJP parties like SP, BSP, AAP and Congress would have fielded consensus candidate or would extend support to AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal, who holds record of sorts defeating Delhi Chief Minister as a debutant in politics, Modi will have sleepless nights.

Though both these options did not materialize, but the matter is still not fully closed and there could be some manipulations until 28 April, the last date for withdrawal at Varanasi. The ball has been set rolling by mafia don Mukhtar Ansari (Quami Ekta Dal candidate) withdrawing from contest. In previous LS election, Ansari, as BSP candidate, polled 185911 votes losing to Murli Manohar Joshi of BJP by slender margin of 17211 votes. His withdrawal means what? Who will be benefitted? One story doing the round is that sensing Modi’s victory, Ansari played safe as he is already in jail. Yet another is that he will not transfer his votes to Congress as he is main accused for murdering Ajai Rai’s brother Awadhesh Rai, and also because Rai had been formerly with BJP. In all likeness, he may support Arvind Kejriwal.

In that case, Varanasi becomes real battleground for Modi vs. Kejriwal contest. In 2009, Varanasi polled low: 42.5 %; if it reports higher voting percent this time, as it should looking at the high profile nature of contest, one can expect advantage AAP.

Varanasi has 16 lakh voters. According to rough estimates, there are about 3 lakhs Brahimins, 1.75 lakhs Bhuihars, 1.5 lakhs Thakurs and other upper castes, 4 lakh OBCs, 2.2 lakhs Dalits, 2.5 lakh Muslims, and 1.2 lakh others (Bengalis, Panjabis, south Indians etc). Amongst OBCs, there are patels, supporters of Apna Dal, whose candidate polled 65912 votes in 2009 when Varanasi polled very low.

A high poll percentage may well swell this number as kurmis are about two lakhs and that may give advantage to AAP.

Both the potential candidates are outsiders, but the outsider-local debate has lost any sting. The reason is that both the outsiders are heavy-weights and the locals are generally defectors: Congress candidate Ajai Rai fought as SP candidate in 2009, BSP candidate Vijay Jaiswal fought on Apna Dal ticket, and SP candidate Surendra Singh Patel is a non-entity.

But what makes matters easy for AAP is Mukhtar Ansari withdrawing from contest in name of secularism. Most Hindus who take upon themselves responsibility of safeguarding secularism and Muslims both are dismayed at ugly faces of such secularists who would make common man shiver in fear.

While cleaning Ganga and giving truly international tourist stature to Varanasi remains prime issues, poor infrastructure, haphazard growth of holy-city, dying benarsi sari and handloom industry, lack of industrialization and job opportunity etc are other issues agitating people in Varanasi. more  

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Mukesh Ji u too clear ur facts. Ansari was taken in d party by BJP, not AAP. Bekaar ki baaten karne se kuch nahi Hota aur Sabse zyada jhooth to BJP wale faila rahe hai aur disgraceful posters bana rahe hain AK ke. May b AAP is baar kuch bahut bada na kar paaye par ye baat to pakki hai ke corruption ke against Ek morcha khul Gaya hai AAM AADMI PARTY ke roop mein ..

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you seem to have done the entire analysis on caste and creed. Do hope
people will rise above that and vote for being participants in democracy,
which confers on us rights and duties to the nation. Varansi is the oldest
living city, and people are wise, even if formally illiterate.They have a
sense to see beyond , which should work in AAP 's favour.
Aruna Arora

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I agree with Mohammad Ishteyaque with full heart. I support AAP because it
talks for eradication of corruption from India and boldly oppose the
corrupt and criminals of all types. more  
Obviously AAP is not soliciting any body to help it unscrupulously nor is
to resort to camouflages to combat Modi menace. It is the common mass who
provoked by ill intentions of BJP by bringing in Modi, shall flock towards
APP and strive to catapult Arvind Kejriwal to zenith of triumph. Amen!

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Vinita Agarwal ji, I fully agree with you. Your analysis is correct and I
also hope that Mr Arvind Kejriwal ji will win from Varanasi with huge
margin. But AAP has to do hard work there at grass-root level. If AAP
will take it in easy way, then the result may differ.
So AAP should call for volunteer from different areas and from Varanasi
itself and put them on the job with full dedication.

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