To the PM chair 'Via Kashi'

May 11 2014, 05:22 IST
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SummaryVaranasi is defined by its three cities. This election, it has been defined by its three contestants. Ashutosh Bhardwaj sifts through the weaves of the battle for Varanasi to find no running thread

Gorakhpur. If someone dies at Maghar, myth says, one reaches hell, unlike Kashi, the road to heaven. “Kejriwal has come here to embrace a glorious death, but if he wins, it will be the biggest victory in Indian electoral history,” notes a writer.

But what next for him if he loses, many wonder. “When he contested against Sheila Dikshit, a similar question was asked. For us, politics and elections constitute an idea, of an honest government, a faith in people’s power. We will win,” says Nagender Sharma, Kejriwal’s media advisor.

For now, the talk on the streets is that Rai and Kejriwal have reduced Modi’s margin. Or, at the very least, that “the Modi wave” seems thwarted. Earlier, Dhawan would claim that the BJP won’t be satisfied by anything less than the biggest Lok Sabha victory ever. “The record victory margin in India is some 5 lakh votes. We will surpass that,” he said 10 days ago. The party is now focusing on “just a victory”.

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