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Congress vows to put up `formidable` candidate against Narendra Modi in Varanasi

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 15:37

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Days after the BJP dismissed AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal as no threat to Narendra Modi in Varanasi, Congress on Tuesday vowed to put up a formidable candidate against the BJP`s prime ministerial candidate.

Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said that his party will put up a formidable candidate against Modi in Varanasi.
The name of the Congress candidate will be announced soon, added Surjewala.

Kejriwal has announced that the Aam Aadmi Party wanted him to take on Modi in Varanasi but he would take a final decision in the Hindu holy city on March 23.

A senior AAP leader told a news agency that the party was all for a Kejriwal-Modi fight -- much like the way Kejriwal took on Sheila Dikshit in Delhi.
In a decision aimed at winning the maximum number of Uttar Pradesh`s 80 Lok Sabha seats, the BJP has fielded Modi in Varanasi, one of the holiest of places for Hindus.

The BJP won only 10 Lok Sabha seats in 2009, a performance that eventually spiked its chances of ousting the Congress-led UPA in New Delhi.

First Published: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 15:37
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