Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Friday filed his nomination papers from Varanasi, the constituency he won in the 2014 general election. He filed the nomination papers after visiting the Kaal Bhairav temple and conducting a roadshow in the city.
As the Prime Minister traversed through the streets of Varanasi atop his black Range Rover on Thursday, chants of ‘Modi, Modi’, ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar’ filled the air as sea of crowd welcomed their star candidate.
Five years back, similar scenes were seen in Varanasi. Narendra Modi had taken the temple city by storm in a similar fashion as he got ready to file his nomination papers for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections as the prime ministerial candidate of the NDA.
At the time, PM Modi had said that he had been called by “mother Ganga” to contest from this constituency.
“…Earlier I used to think that the BJP has sent me here, sometimes I felt that I am going to Kashi. But after coming here, I feel neither anybody sent me nor have I come on my own. It is Maa Ganga who has called me,” PM Modi had said.
“And the way a child feels when he is back in his mother’s lap, the same way I feel here,” PM Modi had said. He vowed to make Kashi a spiritual capital of the world.
Like 2019, thousands of people wearing saffron caps, Modi masks and holding BJP flags, had lined up to cheer for Narendra Modi as he led the roadshow before filing the nomination.
The striking image of the 2014 elections was thousands welcoming Narendra Modi as sound of conch shells reverberated the air.
In 2014, accompanied by party leaders Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Amit Shah and Ravi Shankar Prasad, Modi had filed his nomination papers before the district collector. The BJP leader had to wait for around 20 minutes as an Independent was submitting his papers. A tea local vendor and a BJP member for 25 years, Kiran Mahida, had then proposed Modi’s nomination.
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