The incumbent Congress Party all but just handed Narendra Modi victory in the city of Varanasi.
Modi is on the ballot here as the prime ministerial candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Congress has put forth Ajai Rai to contest him in the most hotly contested battleground of 2014 national elections, underway for the next few weeks.
Rai, a grassroots politician, is a better choice than some others Congress could have nominated. But in the end, he’s likely just going to end up splitting the anti-Modi vote—which gives Modi an even bigger win…read it at Quartz