Clash of titans in Varanasi: Modi vs Rahul-Akhilesh road show

New Delhi, (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to hold a mega road show in Varanasi on Saturday, the day Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi are also scheduled to address a similar event in the Prime Minister’s Lok Sabha constituency.

Amid the high-voltage electioneering, Modi is also expected to offer prayers at Kashi Vishwanath and Kal Bhairav temples and meet people in various areas after beginning his day from Banaras Hindu University around 9 a.m.

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“The Prime Minister will begin from Banaras Hindu University gate and will reach Baba Vishwanath temple by meeting people via Ravidas gate, Lanka, Assi, Bhadaini, Sonarpura, Madanpura, Godauliya and Baas Phatak,” a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) statement said here.

Modi will then visit Kal Bhairav temple by road via Maidagin, Kotwali, Visheshwarganj and Gujarat Vidya Mandir.

The Prime Minister would also address a public rally in Varanasi.

Akhilesh and Gandhi are also expected to address a joint road show in Varanasi on Saturday. However, according to Congress sources, their programme will begin late in the afternoon.

Varanasi votes on March 8 in the last phase of the seven-phased Uttar Pradesh elections. Forty, including eight in Varanasi constituency, will vote in the seventh round of the assembly elections.