Narendra Modi quits Vadodara, retains Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had quit Vadodara seat despite winning with a near record margin of 5.7 lakh votes.

By: Express News Service | Vadodara | Updated: May 30, 2014 9:53 am

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday vacated Vadodara constituency, retaining Varanasi. Modi had won Vadodara by over 5.70 lakh votes, the highest margin in the 2014 polls and the second highest in any Lok Sabha election.

“Resigned from Vadodara LS seat. Due to people’s affection got elected by historic margin. Will always remain grateful to people of Vadodara,” Modi tweeted Thursday. He added retaining Varanasi will offer him a “wonderful opportunity to serve Ganga Maa and work for Varanasi’s development”.

As BJP workers started speculating who would be fielded from Vadodara, state party general secretary Vijay Rupani said, “There is still time… It will be decided by our parliamentary board and the party will give its approval to the name it suggests.”

Among the possible candidates, according to BJP sources, are Samarjitsinh Gaekwad and Balu Shukla. Some in the BJP were also wondering if Amit Shah would be fielded, but a senior leader in Vadodara said, “We have been told by the party top brass that Modiji has expressed a desire to keep Amitbhai free of responsibilities so that he can discharge his duties as a strategist, since his focus is also on the UP assembly polls next year. Right now, Samarjitsinh and Balu Shukla are in the running. There are a couple of other local leaders…” The leader said the party is also contemplating fielding a woman candidate, but “the decision will be Modiji’s”.

“It will not be easy to repeat for the new candidate what party workers did for Modi, but we are committed to doing our best for whoever is fielded,” city BJP president Bharat Dangar said. “At his rally in the city after winning the seat, Modi had thanked voters for sending him to Delhi, giving a hint he was planning to leave this seat.” And Modi’s election-in-charge Bhupendra Lakhawala said, “Whoever the candidate is, party workers will do their best to ensure a big win.”

Modi, who needed to relinquish at least one seat within two weeks of the results, submitted his resignation from Vadodara in the office of the Lok Sabha Speaker, party sources said.

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    Rahul Kumar
    May 30, 2014 at 8:27 am
    The BJP always support Hindutiv agenda but country need secular political party like Congress how cares for All, In March 2014, In UP it began with the Muzaffarnagar riots operationalized through an incident in Kaval village in August 2013 as a result of which over 50,000 Muslims were rendered as refugees living in various camps.
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      Rahul Kumar
      May 30, 2014 at 8:26 am
      The BJP always support Hindutiv agenda but country need secular political party like Congress how cares for All, In March 2014, The Times of India reported that its GDP dramatically declined from 15.05% during 2012–13 to an estimated 8.82% during 2013–2014. While I am not an economist, this conclusion would be convincing if it also showed a major shift in the policy in less than a year and causally linked it to the decline. So, the message of The Times of India was plain: the BJP alone could guarantee development because after the breakup of alliance, development of Bihar drastically declined. The report was not about political economy. It was more about politics and less about economy.
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        Rahul Kumar
        May 30, 2014 at 8:27 am
        The BJP always support Hindutiv agenda but country need secular political party like Congress how cares for All, In March 2014, Two months later, in October 2013, in Bihar too the anti-Muslim campaign began with the explosions in the Patna rally to be addressed by Modi. Soon after the blast, TV channels such as News 24 showed one Pankaj as culprit and police arresting him. Firstpost reported that Ramnarayan Singh, Vikas Singh and Munna Singh were suspects. But BJP said Muslims want to kill modi such a shameless party.
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          Rahul Kumar
          May 30, 2014 at 8:27 am
          The BJP always support Hindutiv agenda but country need secular political party like Congress how cares for All, In March 2014, the logic of development as a winning catalyst is flawed because in the states of Bihar and UP –from where the BJP won over 100 seats –the RSS-BJP had systematically manufactured an anti-Muslim polarization to consolidate the “Hindu Vote”.
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            Rahul Kumar
            May 30, 2014 at 8:27 am
            The BJP always support Hindutiv agenda but country need secular political party like Congress how cares for All, In March 2014, when the alliance between Nitish Kumar and the BJP was intact, Bihar was also regarded as a well-administered state in terms of law and order, “good governance”, again only next to Gujarat. Soon after the dissolution of the alliance Bihar returned to jungle raj. Giriraj Singh, a key Bihar BJP leader, said: “Since the breakup of alliance [between Nitish Kumar and the BJP] there is nothing called government…law and order [in Bihar]”. What a big joke.
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              Rahul Kumar
              May 30, 2014 at 8:27 am
              The BJP always support Hindutiv agenda but country need secular political party like Congress how cares for all, A day before counting began Chetan Bhagat wrote a blog for The Times of India. Predicting that the BJP with “near boycott by the Muslim community” will win an “all-time high Hindu power”. Shame on him in now days he is BJP’s loyalist.
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                Rahul Kumar
                May 30, 2014 at 8:27 am
                The BJP always support Hindutiv agenda but country need secular political party like Congress how cares for all, When asked if Modi would give priority to Hindutva over development, he said: “Hindutva is breath of life (prān) of India… However, prān remains still in its place… Things which require maintenance are hands, feet and eyes –in other words, development”.
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                  Rahul Kumar
                  May 30, 2014 at 8:27 am
                  The BJP always support Hindutiv agenda but country need secular political party like Congress how cares for all, from the time of the Patna blast the political field was methodically mobilized along the religious lines as a result of which electorally Bihar was as productive to the BJP as was the UP after the Muzaffarnagar riots. It was precisely because of such a line of political enmity sharply drawn well before the elections with a specific electoral purpose that at their conclusion Modi said: “There is no enmity in democracy but there is compeion”. Does not this appear like an affirmation through the crooked lane of denial?
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