Formally launching Modi's campaign in the constituency by inaugurating a swanky election office here, Shah claimed it will be a ‘one sided’ contest and Modi will win ‘by the biggest ever margin’ in the country's electoral history.

"The next government at the Centre will be formed by NDA and its foundation will be laid down from Uttar Pradesh as well as Banaras," Shah said addressing his maiden press conference here.

“The prime ministerial candidate contesting from here will not just influence the purvanchal region of UP but also help in winning the seats in bordering Bihar region," he added.

Shah avoided questions on whether Modi will give up Varanasi seat as he is also contesting from Vadodara in case he wins from both the

"The decision will be taken by BJP. The party will also keep in mind the issue of Varanasi's development," he said.

Shah said the BJP's prime ministerial candidate had visited Varanasi even before his name was announced from this seat.

"The high points of Modi's rule in Gujarat is cleaning up of rivers and improving the urban infrastructure. I am sure Varanasi will benefit from his experience," Shah said.

He dismissed the issue of expulsion of BJP veteran Jaswant Singh.

"We should not give much importance to it. This happens in every election. You can check your records," he said.

When asked to comment that the Congress is yet to decide its candidate from Varanasi, he said it should be put to Congress president Sonia Gandhi.


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