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Last Updated : May 16, 2019 10:27 AM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

In Pics | As Varanasi heads to polls in Phase 7, take a look at what happened there in 2014

PM Modi is seeking re-election from the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat. The constituency will head for polling in the final phase on May 19.

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Varanasi came under limelight in 2014 after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) declared that Narendra Modi will contest from the holy city as his second seat in the Lok Sabha elections. Modi, the then Gujarat chief minister, made this general election debut by contesting from both Vadodara and Varanasi parliamentary seats. (Image: Reuters)
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Varanasi came under limelight in 2014 after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) declared that Narendra Modi will contest from the holy city as his second seat in the Lok Sabha elections. Modi, the then Gujarat chief minister, made this general election debut by contesting from both Vadodara and Varanasi parliamentary seats. (Image: Reuters)

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)’s National Convener Arvind Kejriwal also jumped into the electoral battle and contested against Modi from Varanasi. Kejriwal faced vociferous protest from BJP workers, who allegedly threw eggs and ink at his cavalcade. (Image: Reuters)
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Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)’s National Convener Arvind Kejriwal also jumped into the electoral battle and contested against Modi from Varanasi. Kejriwal faced vociferous protest from BJP workers, who allegedly threw eggs and ink at his cavalcade. (Image: Reuters)

The Indian National Congress fielded legislator Ajai Rai from the constituency, over senior leaders such as Digvijaya Singh, who had offered to contest against Modi. Campaigning for Rai, then Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi had held a roadshow in the city. (Image: Reuters)
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The Indian National Congress fielded legislator Ajai Rai from the constituency, over senior leaders such as Digvijaya Singh, who had offered to contest against Modi. Campaigning for Rai, then Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi had held a roadshow in the city. (Image: Reuters)

BJP workers campaigned for Modi after he did not get permission to campaign in the city. The cadre, draped in saffron, campaigned heavily for Modi across the constituency. (Image: Reuters)
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BJP workers campaigned for Modi after he did not get permission to campaign in the city. The cadre, draped in saffron, campaigned heavily for Modi across the constituency. (Image: Reuters)

On May 12, 2014, voters in Varanasi cast their ballots to pick their next Member of Parliament (MP). The total voter turnout reached a record 58.31 percent, against what was less than 43 percent in previous general elections in 2009. (Image: Reuters)
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On May 12, 2014, voters in Varanasi cast their ballots to pick their next Member of Parliament (MP). The total voter turnout reached a record 58.31 percent, against what was less than 43 percent in previous general elections in 2009. (Image: Reuters)

Modi was announced as the winning candidate from Varanasi when the election result was announced on May 16. He defeated Kejriwal by a margin of over 3 lakh votes. Modi secured around 5.8 lakh votes while Kejriwal won just over 2 lakh votes. Congress’ Rai managed to bag just over 75,000 votes. (Image: Reuters)
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Modi was announced as the winning candidate from Varanasi when the election result was announced on May 16. He defeated Kejriwal by a margin of over 3 lakh votes. Modi secured around 5.8 lakh votes while Kejriwal won just over 2 lakh votes. Congress’ Rai managed to bag just over 75,000 votes. (Image: Reuters)

Modi, who was elected from both Varanasi and Vadodara parliamentary constituencies, vacated the latter. (Image: Reuters)
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Modi, who was elected from both Varanasi and Vadodara parliamentary constituencies, vacated the latter. (Image: Reuters)

First Published on May 16, 2019 10:25 am
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