'Book Modi for Violation of Model Code': Congress Urges EC

Yadav and his wife Dimple also paid a visit to the Kashi Vishwanath temple of Lord Shiva, the presiding deity of Varanasi.

The events would follow massive back to back road shows held by Modi and UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi through the holy city on Sunday.

Amid the high-voltage electioneering, Modi, who is also the Lok Sabha MP from Varanasi, is also expected to offer prayers at Kashi Vishwanath and Kal Bhairav temples and meet people in various areas after beginning his day from the Banaras Hindu University around 9 am.

Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for mocking party vice-president Rahul Gandhi over his Imphal address, the Congress has called on the former to get his facts straight before taking jibes.

Fighting separately in 2012, the two parties had together polled more votes than the BJP in all the three seats, with the Congress finishing as the runner-up in two of these- Varanasi South and Varanasi Cantt. Apna Dal lost Rohaniya to Samajwadi Party in by-election.

A Congress supporter waving a flag during Rahul Gandhi's rally. PTI
A Congress supporter waving a flag during Rahul Gandhi's rally. PTI

The SP-Congress alliance hopes to cause an upset in three of the five Assembly segments falling under Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency now held by the BJP. To counter the Modi factor, a big roadshow would be held by the Samajwadi Party and Congress this evening. "BJP has not taken steps to clean Maa Ganga and she will punish Modi and his party in the assembly elections", she said.

Both the roadshows were accompanied by flag-waving, slogan-shouting supporters, who showered petals on their leaders.

Varanasi has 5 assembly segments where polling will be held in the last and seventh phase on March 8.

The BJP is doing all it can to win the Assembly elections.

"On 11 March, elections results will give electric current to SP, BSP and Congress", he said.

  • Leroy Wright