Politics Varanasi Lok Sabha seat: No Modi versus Priyanka contest on cards; Congress plays safe, fields Ajay Rai Updated : April 25, 2019 04:48 PM IST Rai had polled a little over 75,000 votes in the 2014 general elections in comparison to over 5.8 lakh polled by Modi. Five-time MLA had previously been a member of the BJP and Samajwadi Party before joining the Congress. Rai quit the BJP in 2009 after the saffron party fielded Murli Manohar Joshi from the Varanasi seat. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.