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Varanasi, a crumbling city; people see a ray of hope in NaMo: City's Political analysts
In the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, the Varanasi constituency in Uttar Pradesh is getting more media exposure than any other seat. Reason being the BJP's PM-in-waiting Narendra Modi and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal are contesting elections from here.

Modi has replaced Varanasi's sitting MP and senior BJP leader, Murli Manohar Joshi who earlier tried to revolt against the decision but later accepted it calmly. Arvind Kejriwal had challenged Narendra Modi to join a face-to-face debate on the latter’s claims regarding development in Gujarat. 

Both the candidates rely on people's decision and claims all set to take responsibility of Varanasi's development, which is really in bad shape right now. There some reports that Congress may also jump in to this most watched fight by nominating its leader Digvijay Singh from here. However, so far nothing sort of this has come out from 10 Janpath.

After Modi and Kejriwal's candidature a series of questions have surfaced. The top one being why Varanasi seat is getting so much media exposure and is this a first time that it's getting so much attention from politicians?

Post elections whoever wins the election from Varanasi, will the city get its development dues clear? Media probably for the first time has highlighted the problems being faced by the city with so much deepness and seriousness

Dr F.B. Singh, Political Science Professor at Banaras Hindu University, while reacting on the political battle of Varanasi cited Modi's wave being the reason of media exposure to the city of Lord Shiva.

He said, “Media is not the one who highlighted Varanasi, its Modi's Wave. Media had forgotten Varanasi but effect of Modi in upcoming Lok Sabha election made remind them Varanasit.”

Dr. Singh appreciated the move of BJP to replace Murli Manhor Joshi with Narendra Modi. “Murli Manohar Joshi has not done anything for Varanasi during his tenure and such step by the BJP will save them from loosing such a prior seat of Uttar Pradesh.”

Dr Singh feels that public of Varanasi will go with Modi wave as they have not left with any option because they don't find the two other big parties namely AAP and the Congress that much reliable when it comes to do the development of Varanasi.

“Public has already decided to vote for Modi and expecting him to fetch more development in Varanasi to prove it Cultural Capital of India in real rather in words only.”

Echoing some similar views as of Dr Arun Kumar Srivastva, who is professor at DAV PG College in Varanasi, said “Public will definitely vote for Modi. Kejriwal's perspective of highlighting the river, sewer and weaver in his campaign didn't work that well to fetch more votes in his vote bank. Varanasi is presently going through a lot of problems. Whole city has been dug up in the name of development which resulted in “bad structure of the cultural capital of India.”

The Varanasi parliamentary constituency, the city also known as cultural capital of India, has a total of 1,561,854 electorates out of which 694,209 are females and 867,645 are males according to Election Commission of India as reported in 2009. Formed in prior to the 1952 constituency elections, the Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency comprises of five Vidhan Sabha segments. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and is oldest in India.

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