"The BJP won 71 of the 80 seats in the state, while its ally Apna Dal won another two seats. "
New Delhi, May 29 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday announced he has given up his Vadodara Lok Sabha seat in Gujarat and retained the Varanasi seat in Uttar Pradesh.
I will represent Varanasi in (the) Lok Sabha and I look forward to this wonderful opportunity to serve Ganga Maa and work for Varanasi's development, Modi said in a series of tweets.
I assure (the) people of Vadodara I will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that Vadodara's development scales newer heights in the years to come.
In another tweet, the former Gujarat chief minister said: Resigned from Vadodara LS seat. Due to people's affection, got elected by historic margin. Will always remain grateful to people of Vadodara.
Modi, who had contested from both the seats in the Lok Sabha election, had told the electorate of Varanasi that if he won he would prefer Varanasi over Vadodara.
After leading the BJP to a huge victory nationwide, Modi visited Varanasi and stressed his commitment to clean up the Ganga and develop Varanasi as a centre for culture, heritage and tourism.
He had won from Varanasi by over three lakh votes against his nearest rival, AAP leader and former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. In Vadodara, Modi won by a margin of 570,000 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 Uttar Pradesh.
The BJP won 71 of the 80 seats in the state, while its ally Apna Dal won another two seats.
With Modi's decision, it is after 10 years that India again has a prime minister elected to the Lok Sabha from Uttar Pradesh. Atal Bihari Vajpayee (1988-2004) was the MP from Lucknow.