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Modi’s choice - Varanasi, Allahabad or Lucknow?

Last Updated: Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 10:07

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) appears set to revive its position in the populous state of Uttar Pradesh, where it was able to bag just 10 seats in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections. The party has reportedly chalked out a plan to win back the state with the help of its poll panel chief, Narendra Modi.
According to a daily, the BJP is expected to field the Gujarat Chief Minister from a constituency in Uttar Pradesh, which has 80 Lok Sabha seats.

In an apparent bid to revive its Hindutva strategy in the state, the BJP is expected to field Modi from Lucknow, Allahabad or Varanasi. However, there is strong possibility that Modi would contest the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Varanasi, which is considered the holiest of cities for Hindus.
As of now, veteran BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi holds the Varanasi constituency. Joshi is likely to be offered an alternative seat.

According to sources, the campaign of the BJP in Uttar Pradesh for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections is expected to be centred around Modi.

First Published: Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 10:07
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