PM Modi retains Varanasi seat with 4.80 Lakh margin
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PM Modi retains Varanasi seat with 4.80 Lakh margin

By PTI

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Varanasi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday won the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat defeating his nearest rival Shalini Yadav of Samajwadi Party by a margin of nearly 4.80 lakh votes. 

Modi won the Varanasi seat by 4,79,505 votes, an Election Commission update on poll results said here. 

In the 2014 general elections, Modi had won by a margin of 3,71,784 votes against his nearest rival, Aam Admi party supremo Arvind Kejriwal. 

While Prime Minister Modi got 6,74,664 votes, Shalini Yadav got 1,95,159 votes. Congress candidate Ajay Rai secured the third position, polling 1,52,548 votes. 

PM Modi's votes share stood at 63.62 per cent against Yadav's 18.4 per cent and Rai's 14.38 per cent.  

There were 26 candidates in the fray from Varanasi, but a total of 4,037 electors voted for none and pressed the NOTA (none of the above) button on EVM. 

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