Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking re-election to his current parliamentary seat in Varanasi, where he trounced dozens of rivals in one of the largest candidate fields in the 2014 election. The field was pretty crowded in Varanasi in 2014, in fact, Varanasi and Chennai South jointly held the distinction of having the most contestants: a staggering 42. Forty of Modi's rivals lost their deposits. In the fray in Varanasi this year are Shalini Yadav, the candidate of the SP-BSP-RLD opposition alliance, and the Congressman Ajay Rai. Modi's win margin last year can be judged from the fact that runner Arvind Kejriwal lost by almost 3.7 lakh votes.