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General Election Candidate List 2019
PartyConstituencyCandidate Name
INCVaranasiAjay Rai
BJPVaranasiNarendra Modi
SPVaranasiShalini Yadav

Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha Election 2019 Dates

StatePhase I (91)Phase II (97)Phase III (115)phaseIV (71)Phase V (51)phase VI (59)Phase VII(59)
Uttar Pradesh11/Apr18/Apr23/Apr29/Apr06/May12/May19/May
Varanasi General Election 2014 Results Summary

Narendra Modi's epic victory at the LS 2014 polls was three-fold - Vadodara, Varanasi and Delhi. At all three centres, the BJP led by NaMo managed to whip up a resounding victory, the likes of which have not been seen for decades now. NaMo personally recorded a magnificent triumph at the Varanasi constituency for his party. He celebrated by performing the Ganga Aarti at the holy city.

The Kashi Factor

When BJP officially announced that Narendra Modi would be contesting from Varanasi constituency in Uttar Pradesh, the city's popular chant "Har Har Mahadev" was turned to "Har Har Modi" - BJP's key slogan that would eventually sweep the nation was coined. For perhaps the first time in India, the focus of the elections was off Amethi and Raebareli and Varanasi took the centre stage instead. Also with the maximum number of constituencies, Uttar Pradesh is the state that has traditionally dictated the fate of parties at the centre. It clearly made sense for NaMo to take the battle to the heart of UP - Varanasi. And what made Varanasi a stellar choice for NaMo was the fact that it was already held by BJP's Murali Manohar Joshi.

Rallies, Roadshows and Other Election Propaganda

In the run-up to the elections, Varanasi turned out to be a battle ground like no other. All three major parties - the BJP, the AAP and the INC - held rallies and roadshows that attracted millions of supporters. Apart from a bringing regular life in the city to a virtual standstill, these did add quite a bit of color to the unfolding political drama, with the BJP accusing the Election Commission of having lost its political neutrality for denying the party its select venue for a roadshow but providing INC its request. There were denials and counter-accusations but now all is history in the face of BJP's power show.

Significant Win

Narendra Modi's win from Varanasi has been a significant one for the Bharatiya Janata Party. The party's PM candidate managed to secure about 581022 votes, a lead of well over 3.7 lakh votes. Arvind Kejriwal, the Aam Aadmi Party skipper and the other candidate that everyone was watching out for from the constituency managed to bad about 209238 votes. Ajay Rai, the local candidate was fielded by the INC as almost an afterthought. He fought without much conviction and failed to gather much momentum despite the aid provided in campaigning by Rahul Gandhi and other Congress seniors.

In UP as a whole the Bahujan Samaj Party failed to make an impression. Varanasi was no exception. Vijay Prakash Jaiswal with 60579 votes put up a dismal show and was followed closely by Kailash Chaurasia of the Samajwadi Party with a mere 45291 votes. A look at the numbers tells us that the mandate is a clear. Overwhelmingly clear.

What Must the Varanasi MP Look Into?

The major challenges faced by the MP of Varanasi include cleaning up of the Ganges, checking the tremendous pollution levels in the city, streamlining tourism, and developing industry. While Amul's decision to set up an INR 200 crore plant in Varanasi might have no political overtures, the move has definitely been seen as a follow-up to NaMo's emphasis on the city. Providing employment opportunities to the youth of the constituency, a traditional center for higher education, is another major challenge.

Will NaMo give up on Varanasi?

Narendra Modi had filed his nomination in and eventually contested from two constituencies - Varanasi in UP and Vadodara in Gujarat. According to Section 33 of the Act a candidate is allowed to contest from more than one seat. A further stipulation on the number of seats is laid down by Section 70 of the Act which prevents candidates from holding on to more than one seat. While filing his nomination, NaMo had tweeted "Grateful to the party for giving me opportunity to contest the election from the holy city of Benares!" Varanasi was an important constituency for the BJP - apart from being the heartland of Hinduism, NaMo's candidature had posed a direct challenge to AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal. NaMo's victory at both the constituencies now raises the question of a by-election in the constituency that he decides to give up. Varanasi is politically significant but NaMo is hardly likely to give up on Vadodara where he created history by taking a lead of about 570128 lakh votes - the highest margin ever. "I thank my brothers and sisters of Vadodara for believing in me...I bow before Vadodara's public", he said in his victory speech from Vadodara when it became clear that BJP had swept right from 'Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from Kutch to Kamarup'. It now remains to be seen if NaMo will give up the Varanasi seat and if he does what the by-elections bring for the constituency.

While the question of retaining Varanasi or Vadodara is still raging, constituents from the holy city may take heart in the knowledge that Kashi has always been a very important centre for the Prime Minister-to-be. AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal has also stressed that while he accepts the verdict of the people, he shall also work to aid development in the region. This is now AAP's chance to consolidate and gain the hearts of the constituents by showing some good work.

Unnao General Election Result 2014

Narendra ModiBharatiya Janata Party581022
Arvind KejriwalAam Aadmi Party209238
Ajay RaiIndian National Congress75614
Vijay Prakash JaisawalBahujan Samaj Party60579
Kailash ChaurasiyaSamajwadi Party45291
Rajesh Bharti SuryaRashtriya Ambedkar Dal4327
ArunBhartiya Shakti Chetna Party3634
Sarvesh Kumar GuptaIndependent3023
Baseer KinnarIndependent2850
Indira TiwariAll India Trinamool Congress2674
Hiralal YadavCommunist Party of India (Marxist)2457
Iftekhar KuraishiIndependent2323
Narendra Nath Dubey AdigJan Shakti Ekta Party2277
A.K. AggarwalAgar Jan Party2037
Shivhari AgarwalBharat Nirman Party2000
Pramod KumarIndependent1807
Devi Prasad NandMoulik Adhikar Party1740
Abhimanyu Singh PatelBahujan Mukti Party1644
Johnson ThomasIndependent1524
Santosh KumarRashtriya Vikas Manch Party1434
Ram Lakhan GuptaJantantra Party1376
Rajendra Prasad (Garib Das)Independent1367
Prakash PrasadIndependent1361
Narendra Bahadur SinghIndependent1306
Hemant Kumar YadavIndian National League1202
Bachchan Prasad YadavIndependent1192
BachchelalLokpriya Samaj Party1172
Om Guru Charan Das Alias Vimal Kumar SinghSanatan Sanskriti Raksha Dal1144
Prabhat KumarIndependent1089
Manoj Kumar ChaubeyIndependent1074
Ravindra KumarIndependent1012
LallanManavadhikar Janshakti Party997
Ahmed Sohel SiddiquiIndependent937
UsmanRashtriya Apna Dal878
Hari LalRastriya Insaaf Party838
Rajiv Kumar MishraIndependent677
Satyaprakash SrivastavaIndependent599
Mahendra MishraIndependent573
Satish Shankar JayaswalIndependent459
Rampyare SinghIndependent423
Shiv Kumar ShahIndependent312
None of the AboveNone of the Above2051

Varanasi Parliamentary Constituency (Lok Sabha) Results

List of Winning MP and Runner up from 1957 to till date from Varanasi Lok Sabha Constituency

Year PC No. PC Name Category WinnerSexPartyVotesRunner UpSexPartyVotes
195739VaranasiGENRaghunath Singh MINC131087Sheomangal Ram (Sc)MIND59161
196252VaranasiGENRaghunath SinghMINC104682RaghuviraMJS58775
196752VaranasiGENS. N. SinghMCPM105784R. Singh MINC87617
197152VaranasiGENRaja Ram ShastriMINC138789Kamla Prasad Singh MBJS52941
197752VaranasiGENChandra ShekherMBLD233194Raja RamMINC61340
198052VaranasiGENKamalapatiMINC(I)129063Raj NarainMJNP(S)104328
198452VaranasiGENShyam Lal YadavaMINC153076UdalMCPI58646
198952VaranasiGENAnil ShastriMJD268196Shyam Lal YadavMINC96593
199152VaranasiGENSheesh Chandra DixitMBJP186333Raj KishoreMCPM145894
199652VaranasiGENShankar Prasad JaiswalMBJP250991Raj KishoreMCPM150299
199852VaranasiGENShankar Prasad JaiswalMBJP277232Deena Nath Singh YadavMCPM125286
199952VaranasiGENShankar Prasad JaiswalMBJP211955Rajesh Kumar MishraMINC159096
200448VaranasiGENDr. Rajesh Kumar MishraMINC206904Shankar Prasad JaiswalMBJP149468
200977VaranasiGENDr. Murli Manohar JoshiMBJP203122Mukhtar AnsariMBSP185911
201477VaranasiGENNarendra ModiMBJP581022Arvind KejriwalMBSP209238

Assembly Constituencies in Varanasi Parliamentary Constituency
RohaniyaVaranasi NorthVaranasi South
Varanasi CantonmentSevapuri

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