Prime Minister Modi Likely To Retain Varanasi Seat, Amid Buzz About Puri: Sources

Prime Minister Modi Likely To Retain Varanasi Seat, Amid Buzz About Puri: Sources

Prime Minister Modi Likely To Retain Varanasi Seat, Amid Buzz About Puri: Sources

New Delhi: PM Modi is likely to retain his parliamentary seat from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, after winning two seats in the 2014 election.

Earlier it was speculated that the Prime Minister may opt for another temple town, Puri, in this election, however, but top party sources say he is likely to stick with Varanasi.

In an interview to news agency ANI, the Prime Minister did not confirmed or denied whether he would contest from the Odisha constituency. He said that, "Media persons also should get some work."

The Bhartiya Janata Party parliamentary board is apparently strongly in favour of a PM Modi encore in Varanasi. However, it is not clear whether he will contest from a second seat and whether that seat will be Puri.

Prime Minister, in 2014 had contested from Varanasi as well as Vadodara in his home state Gujarat. After winning both, he decided to retain the holy city in Uttar Pradesh.

PM Modi, had won the Varanasi seat with a huge margin over his rivals Arvind Kejriwal and Congress's Ajay Rai.

The speculation of the Puri seat does confirm the Bhartiya Janata Party's determination to improve its score in states like Bengal, Odisha and its neighbour Andhra Pradesh.

The assessment of Bhartiya Janata Party's assessment is that having PM Modi as a candidate shored up its tally in Uttar Pradesh, where it won a staggering 71 of 80 seats in 2014. The sources said that, with recent disappointments in UP (by-polls) and other big northern states Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh - the party lost both to the Congress - the BJP sees more potential in Odisha, Bengal and other states in the region.

The BJP came second in key polls, in both Bengal and Odisha.

Sambit Patra, the spokesperson of Bhartiya Janata Party is believed to have set his sights on Puri. According to the sources, he and many other spokespersons are keen on contesting the polls for a chance at graduating from TV studios to parliament.

The BJP's central election committee meeting this week may finalise candidates and seats.

In the Lok Sabha polls,Varanasi will vote on May 19, in the last round of seven-phase polls. The poll's result will be declared on May 23.