UP Elections 2017: Narendra Modi’s ‘charm offensive’ during Varanasi road show draws massive crowds

By: | Updated: March 5, 2017 6:33 PM

On Sunday PM Modi resumed the second leg of his mega road show in the city and the same electrifying effect drew people to see the prime minister as he rode through the streets in his convoy.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Varanasi currently to campaign for the 2017 assembly polls. (ANI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Varanasi currently to campaign for the 2017 assembly polls. He had a very busy Saturday as he conducted a roadshow and addressed rallies in Jaunpur – these saw mammoth gatherings of the nature rarely seen anywhere in India, let alone in Varanasi. On Sunday he resumed the second leg of his mega road show in the city and the same electrifying effect drew people to see the prime minister as he rode through the streets in his convoy. PM Modi first flew to the Police Lines in a special Indian Air Force chopper from the airport and then made his way through the streets in his bullet-proof car, he was standing upright through the open sun-roof with his body guard perched precariously behind him, in a convoy starting from the Pandeypur area. A large crowd of supporters and BJP workers eagerly awaited him. Many local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders greeted Modi at the helipad and presented him bouquets. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people were lined up along the routes of Modi’s road show and others were seen hanging out from their windows and on balconies waving at the PM. The enthusiastic crowds regularly broke into ‘Modi, Modi’ and ‘Vande mataram’ chants.

Union Minister Piyush Goyal said that the party was enthralled by the massive crowds that came out yesterday to greet the PM as he travelled several kilometres in an open jeep. Varanasi is also Modi’s parliamentary constituency. Goyal said that the turnout was even greater than what was witnessed when Modi had come to the city to file his nomination papers during the 2014 general elections. Piyush Goyal added that they know when PM Modi is among his people, they expect him to provide inspiration through his unparalleled oratory.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s road show in Varanasi starts from Pandeypur Chauraha #uppolls (ANI)
Day 2 of PM Modi’s road show in his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi; crowd at Pandeypur Chauraha shouts “Modi-Modi” & “Vande Matram” (ANI)
People were seen on both sides of the road, standing even on rooftops of buildings. (ANI)

Prime Minister is moving from Pandeypur to Kashi Vidyapith. The gigantic crowd gathered on the streets to catch a glimpse of the Prime Minister. People were seen on both sides of the road, standing even on rooftops of buildings. The overwhelming support for Modi will surely make any opposition party candidates go green with envy – a huge trail of supporters walked alongside PM Modi shouting slogans shouting ‘Har har Modi, Ghar ghar Modi’ and showered flowers on him. Heavy deployment of forces is also in place in the district. Meanwhile, Varanasi is to vote on march 8. The counting is to be done on March 11.

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