Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday visited Varanasi, his parliamentary constituency in Uttar Pradesh, to thank the people for reposing their faith in him once again. Modi, who flew in from Ahmadabad, was received by Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and BJP president Amit Shah at the Babatpur airport.
PM Modi then went to the Reserve Police Lines by a helicopter and then drove to the Kashi Vishwanath temple where he performed a special ‘puja’. He later addressed the BJP workers at the Pundit Deen Dayal Hastakala Academy.
This was Modi’s first visit to Varanasi after the declaration of the Lok Sabha elections results by the Election Commission of India where he led the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to a super-sized victory for a second term in office. Modi’s message of nationalism, Hindu pride and the idea of new India was overwhelmingly embraced by voters with the BJP pocketing 303 seats on its own, 21 more than its 2014 tally of 82. The NDA secured 352 seats 543-member Lok Sabha. Modi also retained his Varanasi seat, beating his nearest Samajwadi Party rival Shalini Yadav by a margin of 4.80 votes.On Sunday, Modi was in Gujarat where he addressed the party workers and met his mother.