Sacked BSF jawan to face Modi in Varanasi

A Border Security Force constable, who was sacked two years ago on the charge of indiscipline after complaining about the quality of food served, has been fielded as a joint candidate of Bahujan Samaj Party, Samajwadi Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal alliance against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi parliamentary constituency.

Endorsing the candidacy of Tez Bahadur Yadav against Modi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday tweeted that there is "something in the soil of Haryana", the state from where the sacked jawan hails. Kejriwal himself is born and brought up in Haryana and had unsuccessfully contested against Modi in Varanasi five years ago. The Aam Aadmi Party supremo lost by more than three lakh votes.

Yadav, 43, was on Monday declared as the candidate of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Samajwadi Party (SP) and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) alliance in Varanasi where polling will be held on May 19 in the seventh and last phase of polling. Interestingly, the SP has already nominated Shalini Yadav as its candidate in Varanasi. SP sources said if the candidacy of the former BSF man is rejected, Shalini will remain as the joint nominee of SP-BSP-RLD against Modi, SP source said.