Posted: 16 March 2014 at 10:17am | IP Logged
Originally posted by -victoRiya-
Originally posted by zorrro
The opinion polls appear to be in namo's favour so why is he so ken on contesting from varanasi by didlodging a senior BJP leader like manohar joshi? Why not use his wave to win from a constituency with a strong opponent? Could it be true that the polls are all doctored like it was claimed by a sting operation conducted on 11 prominent survey teams?
He can't risk losing to a strong contender. That would be a huge image dent. Why take risks at this stage?
Perhaps he is contesting from Varanasi to kill 2 birds from one stone:
1) Varanasi is a holy city of Hindus who will fall for his pro hindutva image
2) To make inroads into a greater pie of the UP electorate which is the largest in the country and sends the maximum number of MPs to LS. His campaigning in a UP constituency would swing the tide in favor of BJP.
@bold: Exactly. And why contest from any other place where he will gain so little politically?
Option 2 seems the most likely. Option 1 is an added bonus which he's making sure he capitalises on. UP has long been known to be the state that makes/breaks. I don't think it would make much difference if Manohar Joshi or Modi would contest from there. The only reason Modi chooses to do so is because him contesting there has the ability to create this much talked about Modi wave across the state and then BJP can possibly hope to gain more seats. The current early prediction is at 40 (the halfway mark), if he can boost their numbers, the odds will be in his favour.