So finally it has been officially declared the BJP’s PM candidate is going to contest from Varanasi. Despite some troubles regarding Murli Manohar Joshi hesitating to leave the seat for Modi, BJP has decided to field Modi from the holy city Varanasi also known as Banaras and Kashi.
1. Strong Impact on Eastern UP and Bihar
Varanasi is geographically crucial. It is just 45 Km away Bihar. It is the center of Purvanchal( eastern UP). Modi’s contest from Varanasi can create impact other seats in Purvanchal and Bihar. There are 35 Loksabha seats in Purvanchal, out of which BJP has won only 4 in the previous Loksabha election. Adjoining Bihar has 11 Loksabha seats. Modi contesting from Varanasi can influence around total 46 Loksabha seats in the region. These seats can be a game changer for BJP
2. Hindutva Center
Varanasi is a holy city and a very popular Hindu pilgrimage place. BJP has been associated with Ayodhya and Modi contesting from Banaras will help BJP to create Hindutva effect.
The polarization has always worked in the favour of BJP. Modi fighting from a holy city is definitely going to create some polarization effect. Another near by district of Purvanchal, Gorakhpur is already a highly polarized district. Mulayam Singh is worried about that, which is the reason why he is now going to contest from Azamgarh to polarize the Muslim votes in his favor.
4. Safe Seat
Varanasi has always been a strong hold for BJP and it has lost only once in last five Loksabha elections. In the current scenario where there is already Modi wave, Varanasi looks more comfortable for BJP now.
5. Development Issue
Modi has successfully established his image of Development oriented person. Gujarat has developed a lot under his leadership. Purvanchal has been a under developed part of UP. Modi can also take advantage of his development oriented image by contesting from Varanasi.
6. Good message to party workers
A good leader should lead from the front. Gujarat is right now fair and sqaure Modi area, he can easily win from any place of Gujarat with lakhs for votes. But Uttar Pradesh is a state where BJP is very weak. Modi contesting from UP will give a positive message to party workers. It will infuse enthusiasm in them and their workers to strengthen the party.
UP is a crucial state for BJP, it has 80 loksabha seats and it is necessary for BJP to perform well in the state ,then only it can form government at the center. BJP has became weak in the state and to rejuvenate it nothing would be better than fielding its star and PM candidate Narendra Modi.