Narendra Modi, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, has been assigned the constituency of Vadodara in Gujarat today. Modi will now contest the national election from here as well as from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, which was allotted to him over the weekend.
The BJP deliberated between the constituencies of Ahmedabad East and Vadodara for Modi. Now senior leader LK Advani will fight the Lok Sabha elections from Gandhinagar in Gujarat.
Modi has been forecast by an array of opinion polls as the frontrunner for the country’s top job. NDTV’s opinion poll shows the BJP’s national alliance landing 219 seats. To form the government, the BJP will need 272 parliamentary seats.
Vadodara in central Gujarat has a large middle and upper class population, and the BJP is on solid ground here. Some within the party feel that fielding Narendra Modi from here could drive momentum in other areas where the party is not as strong.
Similarly, the BJP’s decision to have Modi run for the Lok Sabha from Varanasi is designed to enthuse voters in India’s largest state to support the party.