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Priyanka Gandhi Vadra says Congress 'collective leadership' made decision for her to not contest from Varanasi
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Priyanka Gandhi Vadra says Congress 'collective leadership' made decision for her to not contest from Varanasi

Earlier this week, Priyanka had said she would abide by her party's decision on contesting against Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi.

At Varanasi roadshow, Narendra Modi put his time-tested 'shock and awe' tactics on full display
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At Varanasi roadshow, Narendra Modi put his time-tested 'shock and awe' tactics on full display

Long before the term 'shock and awe' found a place in the strategic parlance of the USA during the Gulf War to mean 'completely blow away the enemy', Prime Minister Narendra Modi had practically internalised this tactic into his politics way back in 1990

Congress picks Ajai Rai for Varanasi constituency: Did prospect of losing to Narendra Modi spook Priyanka Gandhi?
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Congress picks Ajai Rai for Varanasi constituency: Did prospect of losing to Narendra Modi spook Priyanka Gandhi?

Four days ago, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra made a public declaration that she would be "happy to contest from Banaras" and the onus was on his brother Rahul Gandhi to give her the opportunity to take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his home constituency

Ajai Rai to contest Lok Sabha polls from Varanasi: 'Bahubali' Congress MLA lost to Narendra Modi by over 5 lakh votes in 2014
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Ajai Rai to contest Lok Sabha polls from Varanasi: 'Bahubali' Congress MLA lost to Narendra Modi by over 5 lakh votes in 2014

In 2014, Rai had finished a third with a little over 75,600 votes as Aam Aadmi Party chief and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had taken the second position securing around two lakh votes. On the other hand, Modi had won over 5.81 lakh votes registering-in a landslide victory. Prior to the polls, Rai had claimed confidently that he will cause the 'biggest upset of the year' and promised to defeat Modi.

Congress fields Ajai Rai to take on Narendra Modi from Varanasi again; ends debate on Priyanka Gandhi contesting Lok Sabha election
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Congress fields Ajai Rai to take on Narendra Modi from Varanasi again; ends debate on Priyanka Gandhi contesting Lok Sabha election

The Congress has fielded five-time MLA Ajay Rai, not Priyanka Gandhi, from Varanasi to contest the Lok Sabha election against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Will go to any extent to save dignity of seers in Varanasi, says BJP
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Will go to any extent to save dignity of seers in Varanasi, says BJP

BJP leaders on Friday warned the Uttar Pradesh government against arresting any saint in connection with Monday's violence in the city, claiming police have "falsely implicated" them in the FIR.

Poll code violation: Murli Manohar Joshi defends Cong's Ajai Rai
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Poll code violation: Murli Manohar Joshi defends Cong's Ajai Rai

Joshi said, "For some people it (Rai wearing Congress symbol) may be a big thing. There is no big thing in that."

EC tells Varanasi RO to register FIR against Cong's Ajay Rai
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EC tells Varanasi RO to register FIR against Cong's Ajay Rai

Rai found himself in trouble after he went to vote wearing his election symbol on his kurta, prompting the EC to launch an inquiry into the matter

Elections 2014: Has Kejriwal upset the BJP's calculations in Varanasi?
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Elections 2014: Has Kejriwal upset the BJP's calculations in Varanasi?

Arvind Kejriwal’s impressive road show in Varanasi this past Friday has reportedly spooked the BJP and sent them scurrying to check the math on what they have projected will be a big Narendra Modi victory in the holy city.

EC orders probe after Ajai Rai flashes Cong symbol at booth
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EC orders probe after Ajai Rai flashes Cong symbol at booth

Congress candidate Ajay Rai today landed in a controversy after he went to vote wearing his election symbol on his kurta, prompting Election Commission to launch an inquiry into the matter.

Varanasi will defeat Narendra Modi, Ajai Rai is nowhere: Kejriwal
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Varanasi will defeat Narendra Modi, Ajai Rai is nowhere: Kejriwal

Exuding confidence about the performance of his Aam Aadmi Party party in the Varanasi constituency, Arvind Kejriwal said that AAP will win from the holy city.

Rahul Gandhi's payback: Thousands gather for roadshow in Varanasi
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Rahul Gandhi's payback: Thousands gather for roadshow in Varanasi

Leaders present in Rahul's roadshow included Ghulam Nabi Azad, Madhusudan Mistry, CP Joshi and Raj Babbar. Congress supporters had begun assembling since early in the morning.

In Varanasi, no more 'NaMo' rotis after police crackdown
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In Varanasi, no more 'NaMo' rotis after police crackdown

Campaigning has entered totally uncharted territories of rotis, laddoos, balloons, bricks and jackets, as BJP supporters place mass orders of products with 'NaMo' mark

Congress' Ajay Rai calls Modi, Kejriwal 'outsiders' in Varanasi
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Congress' Ajay Rai calls Modi, Kejriwal 'outsiders' in Varanasi

As Varanasi's mega electoral battle reaches a crescendo, Congress today stepped up offencive against Narendra Modi accusing him of invoking religious sentiments to woo voters as his "personality cult" campaign had failed, and tried to paint it as a fight between the "son of the soil" and "outsiders".

Unfortunate that Modi is contesting from Varanasi: Kabir Mutt chief
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Unfortunate that Modi is contesting from Varanasi: Kabir Mutt chief

Kabir Chaura Mutt is considered the most sacred place by Kabir Panthis as devotees from across the globe come here, the birthplace of the 15th Century saint-Sant Kabir.

As Kejriwal hits campaign trail, Varanasi fears polarisation
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As Kejriwal hits campaign trail, Varanasi fears polarisation

Local leaders from various parties including Congress, SP and BSP, also accused Kejriwal of trying to influence Muslims by projecting himself as the strongest candidate against Modi

Why Ajai Rai is not happy being Congress' candidate number 420
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Why Ajai Rai is not happy being Congress' candidate number 420

Ajai Rai, Congress candidate from Varanasi, will not only be facing BJP's Narendra Modi and AAP's Arvind Kejriwal in the elections, he also happens to be Congress' candidate number 420 this year. Well, literally at least.

Elections 2014: Cong nixes Priyanka in Varanasi to protect Rahul
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Elections 2014: Cong nixes Priyanka in Varanasi to protect Rahul

Priyanka Gandhi reportedly was keen on contesting in Varanasi.

As Varanasi gets polarised, Kejriwal may be out in the cold
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As Varanasi gets polarised, Kejriwal may be out in the cold

The entry of muscular Ajai Rai and the main challenger to Narendra Modi in Varanasi will impact Arvind Kejriwal the most. His Muslims votes vanish, and he is scrounging for votes in rural chaupals.

With Priyanka's blessings, Congress's Ajai Rai hopes to win Varanasi
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With Priyanka's blessings, Congress's Ajai Rai hopes to win Varanasi

Presently, Congress' sitting MLA from the Pindra seat in Varanasi, Rai ran for the assembly polls in 2009 as an independent and joined Congress after he won.