Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, who was also elected from two seats in Uttar Pradesh, has quit his pocket borough Mainpuri and 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 May 16, 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 against Congress’ Madhusudan Mistry in Vadodara by a record margin of over 5.7 lakh, which was the biggest in this Lok Sabha polls.
In Varanasi, Modi was challenged by the Aam Aadmi Party 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.

Modi's decision to retain Varanasi is seen in political circles as another hint that the BJP will step up its campaign against the Samajwadi Party government in the state.


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