Uttar Pradesh seems to have been struck by the Modi wave with the BJP leading in as much 54 states out of 80. BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is ahead by 4,711 votes in Varanasi while Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is leading by 1,912 votes over his nearest rival BJP's Smriti Irani in Amethi after first round of counting of votes in Uttar Pradesh.
In Varanasi, AAP candidate Arvind Kejriwal is at second spot. Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav is trailing from Azamgarh seat, Uttar Pradesh. While BJP's Ramakant Yadav is leading from this seat.The Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) has received a major set back after it's chief Ajit Singh lost to ex Mumbai police chief and BJP candidate Satyapal Singh.
BJP's Varun Gandhi won the Sultanpur seat, defeating Congress' Amita Singh. Congress President, Sonia Gandhi is leading in bastion Rae Bareily. Mayawati's Bahujan Samajwadi Party is leading only by 1 seat.
(with agency inputs)