Varanasi: BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, who is fighting from this historic city, is up against 77 candidates including three other Narendras.
Besides Modi, Tulsi Shubramaniam Joshi has also filed nomination papers as a BJP nominee covering for the Gujarat Chief Minister which makes total number of candidates 79 in the Varanasi seat.
It is a common practice among political parties to make two individuals submit papers to ensure that there is a covering candidate in case one of the nominations is rejected.
While the last date of nomination was yesterday, names can be withdrawn till April 28.
While Narendra Nath Dubey Adig represents Jan Shakti Ekta Party, Narendra Bahadur Singh is contesting as Manav Kalyan Munch candidate. Another Independent contestant goes by his first name Narendra.