Modi versus Rahul HIGHLIGHTS: In a contrasting result, Prime Minister Narendra Modi won comfortably from Varanasi Lok Sabha seat whereas his counterpart Rahul Gandhi lost his home turf in Amethi. Perhaps the biggest upset of the 17th Lok Sabha, Congress president Rahul Gandhi conceded defeat in Amethi against BJP’s Smriti Irani, who defeated him by a margin of over 45,000 votes.
This is the first time in 20 years that the Congress stronghold has went to a non-Congress party. Only twice in the history of Indian elections has it happened that a political party, apart from Congress, has won the Amethi Lok Sabha seat.
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Gandhi, however, won from the Wayanad constituency in Kerala by over 4 lakh votes against CPI’s P P Suneer, according to the Election Commission.