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In Varanasi, Arvind Kejriwal says his fight is with Narendra Modi; Ajai Rai dismisses claims

Rai, however, dismissed these claims and said the voters of Varanasi will elect him as he was the only "son of the soil" in the fray.

By: Press Trust of India | Varanasi | Updated: May 12, 2014 10:48 am

As voting got underway in this high-profile Lok Sabha constituency, AAP candidate Arvind Kejriwal said his direct fight was with BJP’s Narendra Modi and Congress’ Ajay Rai was nowhere in the contest.

Rai, however, dismissed these claims and said the voters of Varanasi will elect him as he was the only “son of the soil” in the fray.

Speaking to reporters outside a polling booth, Kejriwal said that people should come out in large numbers and vote, while similar ppeal was made by BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate also through a tweet.

Kejriwal further said his direct fight was with Modi and Rai was not even in the contest. The AAP leader also said he would not talk further as he can be accused of violating poll code. Meanwhile, questions were raised about presence of AAP leader Manish Sisodia in Varanasi, as all outsiders involved with poll campaign, excluding the candidates, are not allowed to remain within the constituency after campaigning stopped on evening of May 10.

There were also reports of some minor glitches with Electronic Voting Machines at some booths, while presence of laptops distributed by the SP government in UP at some polling stations in nearby constituency of Chandauli also came for attack from some quarters.

Voters at some booths also complained about their names not being present on the voter lists. Rai, who came to vote wearing his election symbol ‘hand’ on his kurta, however, dismissed Kejriwal’s claims and said that results would prove that people of Varanasi want a local to work for them.

When asked whether wearing hand symbol on his kurta while coming to vote could be violation of election rules, Rai said he was a candidate and entitled to “wear his symbol on his heart”.

Polling began at 7 AM here and would continue till 6 PM amid high security in Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency, which has close to 16 lakh voters.

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    m. abraham
    May 12, 2014 at 9:41 am
    Sri Kejriwal and Rai has not yet made up their mind as to who should win. But people may decide in theiriown way. What will be the result on May 16?
    1. R
      May 12, 2014 at 4:13 pm
      AK has already won the hearts of millions..Forget polls....People are talking Politics. a Good sense..So Arvindji is already a Winner !!! One man has the guts to stand against these corrupt army and create his army to defeat Bad politics.
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        girija achu
        May 12, 2014 at 6:10 am
        The real fight is between Kejariwal and Ajai Rai in Varanasi!!Wait and see… who will get their Deposit money back.
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          Avinash Singh
          May 12, 2014 at 8:36 am
          Ajay Rai is criminal and people of Varanasi always looked for a better candidate.
          1. Moh Saa
            May 12, 2014 at 12:21 pm
            16 May ko aukaat pata chal jayegi babua ko
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