Narendra Modi in Varanasi: Saffron Sea Roadshow as Prime Minister, to file nominations today | 10 points | Latest News India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi staged a massive road show in his Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency as jubilant supporters lined the streets of one of India's holiest cities on Monday waving saffron flags. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is contesting for a third consecutive term from the Varanasi seat in the seventh and final phase of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections to be held on June 1, will also file his nomination papers on Tuesday, May 14.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath during a roadshow for the Lok Sabha elections in Varanasi on May 13.

A large number of women in saffron dresses walked ahead of the vehicle in which Modi was standing during the 6 km long road show in Varanasi. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Follow Narendra Modi nomination live updates.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi: Highlights

  1. On Tuesday, PM Narendra Modi will file his nomination papers after performing pooja at the Kal Bhaero temple. A BJP statement issued in Lucknow said that they can also offer prayers at Dashaswamedh Ghat on the banks of the Ganges around 9 am. Pushya Nakshatra coincides with Ganga Saptami on May 14. Follow complete coverage of Lok Sabha Elections 2024.
  2. According to the itinerary, Modi may also take a cruise trip to Namo Ghat in Varanasi before filing his nomination papers. After the nomination process, the Prime Minister will hold a meeting with BJP workers at the Rudraksha Convention Centre.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is holding a roadshow with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for the Lok Sabha elections in Varanasi on Monday. (ANI)
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  • A BJP leader told HT that Chief Ministers of 12 BJP-ruled and allied states, including UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, are likely to be present at the time of Modi's nomination.In pictures: PM Modi held a mega road show in Varanasi before filing his nomination.
  • Besides, several Union ministers, including Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and Home Minister Amit Shah, and presidents of various National Democratic Alliance (NDA) alliances are also expected to be in Varanasi on the occasion, the BJP leader added. said Modi is likely to bathe in the Ganges.
  • BJP insiders say that Modi's nomination includes Yogi Adityanath, his Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mohan Yadav, his Chhattisgarh counterpart Vishnu Dev. Sai and Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde are included. Apart from this, Rajasthan Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma, his Assam counterpart Hemanta Biswa Sarma, Haryana Chief Minister Nayab Singh Saini, his Goa counterpart Pramod Sawant, Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang and his Tripura counterpart. Counterpart Manik Saha will also be there.
  • On Monday, surrounded by a sea of ​​saffron, Modi's convoy covered a distance of six kilometers after which he reached the Kashi Vishwanath temple and offered pooja. The road show started from Malviya intersection in Lanka area of ​​Varanasi.
  • People from various communities including Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Maheshwari, Marwari, Tamil and Punjabi welcomed Modi at 100 points in 11 zones marked on the roadshow route.
  • BJP district secretary Sivananda Rai and other party workers floated a sari over the river Ganga for the prime minister's well-being and long life in Varanasi on Monday. A 400 meter long saree was offered to the river Ganga as part of the ceremony.
  • Varanasi is the bastion of BJP and Modi. He won the seat twice – 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha elections. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Modi won the seat with over 674,664 votes and a 63.6% vote share. In 2014, Modi contested from two Lok Sabha seats – Vadodara in Gujarat and Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.
  • The Congress has pitted Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Ajay Rai against Modi in Varanasi. This is the third time that Ajay Rai will take on Modi in the Lok Sabha contest.

(with input from agencies)

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