Modi’s 3-day tour of Varanasi: Is it a sign of weakness or other way round?

By: | Updated: March 6, 2017 2:59 PM

PM Narendra Modi has been camping in his Parliamentary constituency Varanasi for the last three days to secure the ground for Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of the last phase of UP Assembly elections 2017.

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Ahead of the last phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017 on March 8, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been camping in his Parliamentary constituency Varanasi for the last three days to secure the ground for Bharatiya Janata Party in the eastern part of the state. The opposition parties have claimed Modi’s overstay in Varanasi shows BJP is not confident of winning the polls and, hence, overusing PM’s charisma to attract votes. Not only PM, several other Union ministers have also been campaigning in the last leg of the polls in the region.

Commenting on Modi’s visit, Congress leader Salman Khurshid told PTI on Sunday, “If he (Modi) was confident enough that he would win and that if he has worked for his people and the place, then he didn’t need to go there. Especially, people of big stature, go and campaign at different places. They don’t stagnate at one place. But if the PM is doing so, then you can yourself guess, why he is doing it.”

However, the reasons why BJP has fielded Modi in Varanasi appears to be something different, and strategic, than what the opposition parties have claimed. Here are some of them:

1. BJP is fighting UP elections in the name of PM Modi. The party has not announced its Chief Minister candidate so far and there is no clarity on this even now. So, it seems fitting that the saffron party has fielded it biggest star campaigner ahead of the last phase.

2. Modi’s presence in Varanasi automatically attracts the attention of media across the country, including Uttar Pradesh, as his every move is reported and scrutinised. By visiting Varanasi, Modi has ensured free 24×7 free publicity for the saffron party. This has also helped recreate a psychological Modi wave in eastern Uttar Pradesh, just like 2014 General Elections.

3. With an extended stay in Varanasi, Modi has staked his entire political capital in the UP elections. Prior to this, he has addressed about 30 election rallies in the state. His opponents claim that the PM is jittery. Considering Modi’s history, however, he is arguably the shrewdest of all politicians in the country at present. It seems the BJP is super confident of victory, or it already knows and hence, the PM is rightly stationed in his constituency to take all the credit. Some of the most prominent pollsters and journalists of the country have already claimed so.

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