Modi vacates Vadodara seat

New Delhi :  Prime Minister Narendra Modi opted on Thursday to vacate the Vadodara Lok Sabha seat and retain Varanasi, a decision which seems to suggest that the BJP will now step up its campaign against the Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh. The BJP had won 71 of the 80 seats in the state.

Modi broke the news about this on Twitter: “Resigned from Vadodara LS seat.

Due to people’s affection got elected by historic margin. Will always remain grateful to the people of Vadodara…

I assure them I will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that Vadodara’s development scales newer heights in the years to come.”

In another tweet, he said: “I will represent Varanasi in the Lok Sabha & I am looking forward to this wonderful opportunity to serve ‘Ganga Maa’ & work for Varanasi’s development.”

Modi had won the Vadodara seat with the highest margin of 570128 votes in this election.

The decision on filling up the Vadodara has been left by to Modi: He has to see whether he wants to induct his confidant Amit Shah in the Lok Sabha from the constituency or use it for assuaging the hurt of Arun Jaitley or Smriti Irani, who fought prestige battles from Amritsar and Amethi, respectively, but lost.

It could be even Nirmala Sitharaman or Prakash Javadekar who have been inducted in the ministry without being members of Parliament and need to be elected to either the Lok Sabha or the Rajya Sabha within six months.

The Lok Sabha secretariat sources said the Speaker will process the resignation and forward it to the Election Commission, which will then declare the seat vacant for holding a by-election when it deems fit.

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