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Narendra Modi quits Vadodara, retains Varanasi Lok Sabha seat

LiveMint logoLiveMint 29-05-2014 PTI

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday quit his Vadodara Lok Sabha seat, choosing to retain Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, where the BJP recorded a landslide victory bagging 71 of the 80 seats in the recent elections.

Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, who was also elected two seats in Uttar Pradesh, has quit from his pocket-borough Mainpuri and has retained Azamgarh.

Under rules, a member who has been elected from two Lok Sabha constituencies has to vacate one of the seats within 14 days of the declaration of result. With Lok Sabha results out on 16 May, the deadline was to expire on Thursday.

Parliament sources said the resignation of the two leaders has been received and were under process.

The Prime Minister had won Vadodara with a near record margin of 5.7 lakh, which was the biggest in this Lok Sabha polls. BJP has won all the 26 seats in Gujarat.

In Varanasi, Modi was challenged by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal, whose entry into the fray had turned it into one of the most keenly watched battles of these elections.

In the end, however, Modi’s nearest challenger Kejriwal was swept away when he lost by more than 3.7 lakh votes.

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