Varanasi is going to be the most watched-out constituency in these Lok Sabha elections. Ending all speculations, BJP finally announced that its prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi will contest the Lok Sabha elections from Vadodara constituency in Gujarat apart from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. Modi has replaced the Varanasi sitting MP and senior leader, Murli Manohar Joshi, who earlier put up a strong opposition but conformed to the party’s decision.
Hearing this, Arvind Kejriwal, leader of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), has also announced that he is ready to fight against Modi in Varanasi. Nevertheless, he said that he will take the final decision once he visits Varanasi on 23 March and will go by people's opinion. “Whatever the people of Varanasi will say, that will be final. If the people of Varanasi decide to give me this responsibility, I will accept it wholeheartedly,” Kejriwal said.
But, more is yet to be added to the surprise factor, as the Congress has still not announced its candidate against Modi. Congress asserts to give a good fight to Modi and does not rule out the probability of pitching an outsider. Some party members want a powerful leader against Modi, while others want a celebrity to be fielded against him.
But, this battle of power will get interesting if Congress decides to field its Vice President Rahul Gandhi from Varanasi, against Modi. The holy city of Varanasi is soon to become a battlefield for the three top political contenders of the nation, Narendra Modi, Arvind Kejriwal and Rahul Gandhi to show their political stand. Time will tell who fits into the “Ghar Ghar” slogan among the three in Varanasi.
One of the 80 constituencies of Uttar Pradesh, Varanasi belongs to the Varanasi district. The Varanasi Parliamentary constituency (constituency number 77) has a total of 1,561,854 electorates out of which 694,209 are females and 867,645 are males according to Election Commission of India 2009 reports. Formed in prior to the 1952 constituency elections, the Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency comprises of five Vidhan Sabha segments. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and is oldest in India. The city lies on the banks of the River Ganges in Uttar Pradesh, 320 kms away from Lucknow. It has a population of over 12,00,000 with 53% male majority. It has a sex ratio of 879 females per 1,000 males. Hindi is the official and the most widely spoken language while English and Urdu are prevalent as well. Over 86% of the population is Hindu, while Muslims, Buddhists, Jains and Christians also reside here.
With an average literacy rate of 80%, it has several important colleges and universities of the country and is an important education centre in India. Most notably, it is the site of Banaras Hindu University, which is one of the largest residential universities in Asia. The Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) Varanasi is another important centre of education here. Its economy is dominant by the silk weaving industry. Other industries include metal manufacturing sector, Diesel Locomotive Works, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited. National Highways NH-2, NH-7, NH-29 and NH-56 connect Varanasi to several major cities.
List of winner/current and runner up MPs Varanasi Parliamentary Constituency.The table below represents the names of all the winning and runner up MPs of Varanasi parliamentary constituency of all the years from the starting until now . It also shows the number of votes secured by each MP and the name of the political party they belong to. The current sitting member of parliament of the Varanasi constituency is Narendra Modi of BJP.
|Year||PC No.||PC Name||Category||Winner/Current MP||Gender||Party||Vote||Runner Up MP||Gender||Party||Vote|
|2014||77||Varanasi||GEN||Narendra Modi||M||BJP||581022||Arvind Kejriwal||M||AAP||209238|
|2009||77||Varanasi||GEN||Joshi,Dr. Murli Manohar||M||BJP||203122||Mukhtar Ansari||M||BSP||185911|
|2004||48||Varanasi||GEN||Dr. Rajesh Kumar Mishra||M||INC||206904||Shankar Prasad Jaiswal||M||BJP||149468|
|1999||52||Varanasi||GEN||Shankar Prasad Jaiswal||M||BJP||211955||Rajesh Kumar Mishra||M||INC||159096|
|1998||52||Varanasi||GEN||Shankar Prasad Jaiswal||M||BJP||277232||Deena Nath Singh Yadav||M||CPM||125286|
|1996||52||Varanasi||GEN||Shankar Prasad Jaiswal||M||BJP||250991||Raj Kishore||M||CPM||150299|
|1991||52||Varanasi||GEN||Sheesh Chandra Dixit||M||BJP||186333||Raj Kishore||M||CPM||145894|
|1989||52||Varanasi||GEN||Anil Shastri||M||JD||268196||Shyam Lal Yadav||M||INC||96593|
|1984||52||Varanasi||GEN||Shyam Lal Yadava||M||INC||153076||Udal||M||CPI||58646|
|1977||52||Varanasi||GEN||Chandra Shekher||M||BLD||233194||Raja Ram||M||INC||61340|
|1971||52||Varanasi||GEN||Raja Ram Shastri||M||INC||138789||Kamla Prasad Singh||M||BJS||52941|
|1967||52||Varanasi||GEN||S. N. Singh||M||CPM||105784||R. Singh||M||INC||87617|
|1957||39||Varanasi||GEN||Raghunath Singh||M||INC||131087||Sheomangal Ram (Sc)||M||IND||59161|
*PC = Parliamentary Constituency
Facts about current sitting MP of Varanasi Constituency
|Name of MP||Narendra Modi|
|Nature of Membership||Elected|
|Term||18-May-14 to In office|
|Political Party||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|Educational Qualification||Post Graduate|
|Activities of Narendra Modi in 16th Lok Sabha|
|Private member bills passed||N/A|
Note : This MP is a minister. Ministers represent the government in debates, so we do not report their participation. They do not sign the attendance register, ask questions, or introduce private member bills.(Data corresponds to the period 1 June 2014 to 13 May 2015.)
List of Assembly Constituencies in Varanasi Parliamentary ConstituencyThe table below shows the list of all the Assembly Constituencies that fall in Varanasi parliamentary constituency.
|Names of Assembly Constituencies|
|Rohaniya||Varanasi North||Varanasi South|
Last Updated on February 24, 2015