Modi has once again chosen to contest the country's upcoming elections from the Hindu holy city of Varanasi
'Banaras (Varanasi) is defined by its galis (narrow lanes), and by creating this corridor, he is robbing Banaras of its very identity'
VARANASI: A stampede at a religious gathering in northern India killed at least 24 people Saturday as thousands of devotees of a controversial guru tried to cross a bridge at once, police said. The followers of Jai Gurudev, a leader of a local religious sect, had gathered on the outskirts of Varanasi, a Hindu holy town in Uttar Pradesh state, when the deadly stampede broke out. "We can confirm that 24 people have died in the incident. Nineteen of the dead are women," Hari Ram Sharma, police inspector general, told…