The election is relatively easier this time than last time as people have seen through Modiji's tall and fake promises and he has not delivered anything, Rai told PTI ahead of the election on Sunday.
This new BJP didn't respect old timers L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, he said.
Fondly remembering Vajpayee, Rai said he was a totally different leader and described him as large hearted man who used to take everybody along.
Rai began his political career as a member of the ABVP, the BJP's student wing. He was elected to the Uttar Pradesh assembly as the BJP candidate from Kolasala three times in a row between 1996 and 2007.
The BJP wants to double Modi's victory margin -- in 2014 he won by 3.37 lakh votes against Kejriwal.
This time, Rai is Modi's main rival and is hoping for a consolidation of Muslim votes behind him.
Rai, who hails from the Bhumihar community and has a considerable following among Brahmins, is also eyeing votes from the two communities which have sizeable presence in the Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency.
Both Brahmins and Bhumihars have traditionally been supporters of the BJP.
His manifesto focuses on reestablishment of temples broken during Varanasi corridor, and promises setting up an All India Institute of Medical Sciences and starting a metro service in the town.
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