Hyderabad, 17 April-2014, Mohd Akhtar: AIMIM President and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi will campaign against BJP’s prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Varanasi, UP.
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According to sources Owaisi a bitter critic of Gujarat CM for his alleged role in 2002 anti Muslim riots , is planning to go to Varanasi after April 30, the day Telangana is going to vote in first phase of polling in the state.
Modi is pitted against AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal in Varanasi in May 12 polling. Perhaps not sure of his victory in Varanasi the saffron leader is also contesting from Vadodara in Gujarat in the ongoing LS polls. Of the 16,00,000 voters in the Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency, there are over 300,000 Muslims. Qaumi Ekta Dal leader Mukhtar Ansari’s decision against contesting from Varanasi has dashed the BJP’s hopes of splitting the Muslim votes.
Yet another development that does not augur well for Modi was the fielding of Ajay Rai, a three-time legislator, by the Congress from Varanasi. Rai belongs to the powerful Bhumihar caste. AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal has began campaigning against BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Varanasi with senior colleagues.