Modi Varanasi Roadshow highlights: The temple town of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh turned saffron with lakhs of people converging all along the route of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mega roadshow. PM Modi landed inside the BHU campus straight from Banda where he addressed an election rally. He then garlanded the statue of Madan Mohan Malviya right outside the main entrance of the BHU to kickstart his 6-km-long roadshow.
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PM Modi will file his nomination from Varanasi on April 26, Friday. In 2014, Narendra Modi had defeated his closest rival Aam Aadmi Party’s Arvind Kejriwal by nearly three lakh votes and the BJP would want him to repeat the success this time too. Voting in Varanasi is scheduled to be held in the last of the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections on May 19.
As per a press release issued by the BJP, top leaders from alliance parties will be present in Varanasi during his nomination program on Friday. Akali Dal’s senior leader and former Chief Minister of Punjab Parkash Singh Badal, Bihar Chief Minister and JDU chief Nitish Kumar, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, Union Minister and Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan will attend the event apart from several other leaders in what is being seen as a show strength.
After his roadshow, PM Modi participated in the Ganga Aarti at the Dashashwamedh Ghat on Thursday. He will then have a conversation with eminent personalities of Varanasi at Hotel De Paris.
The Congress on Thursday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s roadshow in his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi was aimed at covering up his failure of fulfilling his promises made to the people there and demanded that he should apologise for ‘betraying’ them.
“Optics are more important than results and that is why the roadshow is being taken out as the resolve of serving the people of Varanasi that Modi ji had taken, the commitment he had shown to purify Ganga Ma, he has been completely unsuccessful in that,” Congress spokesperson Ragini Nayak said.
Modi is scheduled to perform the ‘Ganga aarti’ at the Dashashwamedh Ghat on Thursday evening. Modi started his seven-kilometer roadshow by first garlanding the statue of Banaras Hindu University founder Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya.
As thousands lined up along the route of Modi’s roadshow in Varanasi to get a glimpse of their MP, the prime minister tweeted to thank people of the city for the warm welcome. “Grateful for the warmth and affection,” PM Modi tweeted.
PM Modi’s roadshow has coloured Varanasi saffron. The temple city of Uttar Pradesh is considered to BJP’s citadel. In 2009, senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Murli Manohar Joshi had won from Varanasi getting 203122 votes. Ajay Rai, who had contested on Samajwadi Party ticket was on the third spot with 123826 votes.
As Modi’s cavalcade proceeds towards Assi Ghat, crowds shower rose petals on PM. Varanasi parliamentary constituency has five Assembly seats – Rohaniya, Sevapuri, Varanasi Cantonment, Varanasi North and Varanasi South. The BJP has three, its ally Apna Dal and Samajwadi Party have one Assembly seat each in Varanasi.
In 2014, Modi had got 581022 votes in Varanasi. Aam Aadmi Party national convener Arvind Kejriwal was the first runner up with 209238 votes. Congress candidate Ajay Rai, who is contesting this time too, was placed third with 75614 votes.
Roads of Varanasi have turned saffron with lakhs of people converging all along the route of PM Modi’s roadshow. PM Modi can be seen waving at the enthusiastic crowd as his cavalcade passes slowly.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins his mega roadshow in Varanasi by garlanding the statue of Madan Mohan Malviya right opposite the main entrance of the Banaras Hindu University. WATCH LIVE HERE
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived on Varanasi for his roadshow. Modi’s 6-km-long roadshow will conclude at Dashashwamedh Ghat where he will participate in Ganga aarti.
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Security has been tightened across Varanasi for PM Modi’s mega roadshow today. Hundreds of security personnel have been deployed along the route of the roadshow and other parts of city. The local police have also deployed drones to keep watch on suspicious activities.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a packed schedule for the next couple of days. Apart from his roadshow and nomination in Varanasi, PM Modi will also be addressing a series of rallies in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh. Before landing in Varanasi for the roadshow, PM Modi will address rallies in Darbhanga in Bihar and Banda in Uttar Pradesh. After filing his nomination from Varanasi on Friday, April 26, Modi will fly to Madhya Pradesh to hold election rallies in Sidhi and Jabalpur. Later in the evening, he will be in Mumbai.
Leaders from top NDA partners and Union Ministers are expected to be in Varanasi for PM Narendra Modi’s nomination on Friday. Home Minister Rajnath Singh Bihar Chief Minister and JDU chief Nitish Kumar, Akali Dal’s senior leader and former Chief Minister of Punjab Parkash Singh Badal, Union Minister and Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and others will be present in Varanasi.
Narendra Modi had created a record by defeating his nearest rival Aam Aadmi Party’s Arvind Kejriwal by over three lakh votes in the 2014 Lok Sabha election. He also won from Vadodara, Gujarat.
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