Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), March 8: The war of words between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress continued on Wednesday, as Uttar Pradesh voted for the seventh and final phase of assembly elections.
Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has extensively campaigned across Varanasi for the final leg of elections, Congress leader Ajai Rai told media that voters are going to vote against jumlebaazi (superlative sayings). The opponents of PM Modi call him jumlebaaz (one who is an expert in superlative talking).
"Congress leader Ajai Rai casts his vote at polling booth no. 389 of Varanasi South, says "7th phase is going to vote against 'Jumlebaazi'," tweeted ANI.
Congress leader Ajai Rai casts his vote at polling booth no. 389 of Varanasi South, says "7th phase is going to vote against 'Jumlebaazi'": pic.twitter.com/GriRKqx9vf— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) March 8, 2017
Sitting Congress MLA from Pindra in Varanasi, Rai, had contested the 2014 Lok Sabha election against PM Modi from Varanasi, but had lost the poll battle. This time also Rai is contesting assembly polls from Pindra. In fact, Rai has previous criminal records against him. In 2015, Rai was arrested and booked under National Security Act by Varanasi Police during a protest rally. He had spent six months in jail before getting bail.
Polling in 40 UP assembly seats spread across seven districts in the seventh and final phase started on Wednesday. All eyes are on PM Modi's Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi.
According to the Election Commission, a total of 1.41 crore voters, including 64.76 lakh women, are eligible to exercise their franchise in 14,458 polling booths and 8,682 polling centres to decide fate of 585 candidates, including 51 women. Tight security has been put in place in these seven districts where polling is currently underway.