The Modi magic has once again proved it’s strong roots in pilgrimage site of Uttar Pradesh – Varanasi. When Narendra Modi decided to contest from Varanasi in the general elections of 2014, the residents of holy city welcomed him as one of their own. There was all-round excitement that a prime ministerial candidate had chosen this ancient city on the banks of the Ganga as his constituency. And now almost three years later, Modi’s hold in the streets and mohallas of Varanasi haven’t changed.
Modi camped in his constituency for three days, held roadshows and addressed several rallies to reach out to voters in the district. And today – on the day of result – BJP is leading by a comfortable margin in all the three urban seats it had won in 2012 – Varanasi Cantt, Varanasi South and Varanasi North. Not only that the BJP’s allies Apna Dal (Soney Lal) and Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party too have respectively established handsome leads in Sevapuri, which falls under Varanasi, and Ajagara, which comes under Chandauli. In Sevapuri BJP’s Neel Ratan Singh Patel from Apna Dal (Soneylal) won 103423 votes till 3 in afternoon. Whereas, according to data of Election Commision of India, Saurabh Srivastava led the BJP flag fly high by winning 68955 votes from Varanasi Cantt. and from Varanasi North and Varanasi South BJP’s Ravindra Jaiswal and Neelkanth Tiwari won 104716 and 87320 votes, respectively till 3pm.
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Today, Uttar Pradesh has gone all ‘saffron’. Bharatiya Janata Party decoded the win in the state and won Uttar Pradesh after 26 years. PM Modi addressed six huge rallies in different parts of UP before stepping into a intense campaign of rallies in UP and topped off by 3 consecutive days in Varanasi where he held massive road shows. Modi’s speeches were full of droll black comedy, mimicry, theatrically delivered with dramatic pauses. The crowd chanted ‘Modi Modi Modi’ almost forgetting the name of the party he belonged.