Varanasi Election Focus: Modi Seeks Third Term Amidst Scrutiny on Electoral Fairness

In a recent analysis by FRANCE 24 English on the significance of Varanasi in the Indian elections, the city, known as the religious capital of India, has been highlighted not only for its high-profile candidates like Prime Minister Narendra Modi but also for those who failed to make it onto the ballot. The report delves into the changing political landscape in Varanasi, showcasing Modi’s increasing vote share over the years and the challenges faced by opposition candidates, including a comedian who aimed to contest against Modi but highlighted several issues within the nomination process. The discussion raises questions about the fairness and credibility of the elections, considering the obstacles faced by non-ruling party candidates.

  • Varanasi is considered the religious capital of India and has been the electoral constituency for Prime Minister Narendra Modi since 2014.
  • In the 2014 elections, Narendra Modi won 56% of the vote, which increased to 63% in 2019, indicating his rising popularity in the region.
  • The number of candidates in Varanasi has significantly decreased from 41 in 2014 to just seven in the current elections.
  • A comedian, Shyam Rangeela, who is known for his imitations of Modi, attempted to contest the elections to highlight issues with the nomination process but faced numerous obstacles.
  • Rangeela’s experience underscored problems with election fairness, including difficulties in filing nominations and alleged intimidation of opposition candidates by the ruling party.
  • The credibility of India’s election process and democratic institutions has come under scrutiny, with concerns over the treatment of opposition candidates and the conduct of the Election Commission.

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