Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal has declared he would contest the Lok Sabha elections against Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi from Varanasi and also challenged the Gujarat chief minister to a political debate in the temple town.
"I challenge Modiji to a debate here in this ground. If he doesn't come, then understand, something is wrong," he told a cheering crowd.
After Kejriwal announced his decision and dared Modi on Tuesday, we asked our readers whether the Gujarat chief minister should accept AAP leader's challenge for a debate.
By 7:22am on Wednesday in the survey of 4,393 people, almost 66% of the respondents said Modi should take up Kejriwal's challenge. While 34% thought the Gujarat chief minister should not debate with Kejriwal, the remaining 1% didn't know whether he should.
On Twitter, the views about Kejriwal's Varanasi fight was a mixed one.
Sample a few tweets:
#KejriwalinVaranasi Tremendous support for AK in Varanasi. I wonder whr is Modi wave...its probably only within BJP lol....— Sunil Sharma (@sunilsharma_gzb) March 26, 2014
#KejriwalinVaranasi he is best in raising questions and not solutions, good for democracy in long run,but we first need a Modi— ?????? ?? (@aditya_jha) March 26, 2014
Taking on parties of goondas and money power adani and ambani fearlessly is not that easy. But da Truth lends da vourage #KejriwalinVaranasi— venkateswaran (@rv210861) March 25, 2014
You are fighting the wrong battle! Kejru my friend, Remember, its Varanasi not delhi and it's modi not sheela. #KejriwalinVaranasi— Siddharth oturkar (@sidd_oturkar) March 25, 2014
Kejriwal hasn't been known to shy away from taking political risks. But hardly anyone within the AAP, for now, expects him to win over his new constituents.
The Kejriwal-Modi face-off will admittedly be big on political messaging, but the battle for Varanasi would be fought outside the constituency – at rallies that both leaders address across the country over the next two months.