Accompanied by Top NDA Leaders, Modi Files Nomination for Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has filed his nomination papers from the Varanasi seat for the Lok Sabha elections.

Top leaders including Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, Ram Vilas Paswan, Tamil Nadu Deputy CM O Panneerselvam and others are present at the nomination-filing centre in Varanasi. SAD leader Parkash Singh Badal and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray are also present.

On being asked about terror-accused Pragya Thakur contesting on a BJP ticket, in an interview with India Today in Varanasi, PM Modi said that the allegations against her were a result of the lies being spread by Congress.

On Thursday, PM Modi held a mega roadshow in Varanasi, drawing massive crowds, that culminated in a show of strength with the Ganga aarti at the Dashashwamedh ghat. Modi was joined by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and other senior BJP leaders in the temple town.

  • PM Modi filed his nomination on Friday, 26 April
  • He is on a two-day visit to his parliamentary constituency
  • PM Modi’s mega roadshow in Varanasi drew massive crowds on Thursday, culminating in a show of strength at Dashashwamedh ghat

'If You Find Modi Involved in Corruption, Raid His House': PM Modi

On the recent spate of I-T raids at offices and residences of Opposition leaders, PM Modi said in the India Today interview that “those who do wrong will be caught... be it a BJP man or Congress.”

“If you ever find out that Modi has been involved in corruption, then raid his house. I honour the institutions of the country,” PM Modi said.

“I sat for a nine-hour interrogation when SIT was formed to investigate the Gujarat riots... it is only because I respect institutions,” he added.

Demonetisation Not an Election Plank, It Was a Major Reform: PM Modi

“I did not do demonetisation keeping the elections in mind. But the Opposition lost UP election badly, fighting it on the demonetisation plank,” Modi said, in an interview.

On being asked if demonetisation was a success, Modi said that the note ban had helped curb black money, lower inflation, expand the tax base and boost the economy.

On reports of demonetisation impacting jobs, the prime minister said that there are no statistics to suggest the same.

Unemployment Issue is Congress' Propaganda: PM Modi

Dismissing claims of rising unemployment numbers, PM Modi said in an interview that job generation is at an all time high.

“This is the Congress party’s propaganda. As per many metrics, like NASSCOM, suggest that employment has increased in India,” he said.

Article 35A, 370 Biggest Deterrents in Kashmir: PM Modi

PM Modi said that his party will stand by its decision to abrogate Article 35A and 370 in Kashmir, as stated in its manifesto.

“People expressing anti-India statements in Kashmir don’t deserve to live in the country,” he said, in an interview with India Today.

Pakistan Under a Lot of Pressure After Balakot: PM Modi in Varanasi

PM Modi, in an interview to a news channel in Varanasi, said that his actions against Pakistan has created immense pressure on the country’s machinery.

“Surgical strike and Balakot has created public pressure within Pakistan about giving safe haven to terrorists,” he said.

Cong Spreading Lies About 'Hindu Symbol' Pragya Thakur: PM Modi

On being asked about terror-accused Pragya Thakur contesting on a BJP ticket, in an interview with India Today in Varanasi, PM Modi said that the allegations against her were a result of the lies being spread by Congress.

“Similar lies were spread about me also on social media. So much so, that US had denied a Visa to me. But, eventually the truth came out and US invited me. The same kind of lies are being propagated by Congress against Thakur,” Modi said. He also said that Thakur was a symbol for Hindus.

“The same modus operandi was used by Congress to spread lies about demonetisation, EVM hacking etc,” he added.

BJP-PDP Alliance Was 'Mahamilawat': PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in an interview to India Today, said that the BJP’s alliance with the PDP was a ‘mahamilavat’ akin to mixing oil and water.

“But, as soon as an opportunity presented itself, we went back to following the Atal (Bihari Vajpayee) formula. A few families in Kashmir have always indulged in double-speak... they say one thing in Kashmir and another in Delhi. They have been blackmailing J&K for a long time,”PM Modi said.

Difference Between Modi, Rahul Like That Between Elephant and Insect: Parkash Singh Badal

Speaking to the press after accompanying PM Modi to file his nomination in Varanasi, Shiromani Akali Dal leader Parkash Singh Badal said, “The people of Hindustan need to think about who they want as their Prime Minister. Who can stand in the battle against Modi? Gandhi is there, but the difference between him and Modi is like that between an elephant and an insect.”

Come and Vote in Large Numbers: PM Modi

Speaking to the press after filing his nomination, PM Modi asked the people of Varanasi to come and vote in large numbers.

“Some people began to create an atmosphere that Modi had won, so he would not even vote. I would like to ask the voters not to believe such things. Voting is your right and so must vote,” Modi said.

He also took the opportunity to express his gratitude towards the people of Kashi. “They have again blessed me after five years. Such a grand roadshow yesterday was possible only in Kashi,” he said.

PM Modi Leaves Collectorate Office

Having completed his nomination, PM Modi has left the Collectorate office.

PM Modi Signs Documents, Completes Filing of Nomination

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and now candidate from Varanasi for the second time has signed the documents, completing his nomination. He also expressed his gratitude to his proposers.

PM Modi's Papers Being Scrutinised

Narendra Modi has filed his nomination and his papers are being scrutinised at the moment. He is accompanied by the four people who proposed his name for nomination.

PM Modi Files Nomination from Varanasi Lok Sabha Seat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has filed his nomination for the Lok Sabha elections 2019 and will be fighting the polls from the Varanasi Lok Sabha parliamentary constituency.

PM Modi Greets NDA Leaders

The prime minister greeted NDA leaders and BJP leaders present at the DM’s office.

PM Modi Arrives at Collectorate Office

PM Modi has arrived at the Collectorate office to file his nomination.

NDA Leaders Present Together Ahead of PM's Arrival

Piyush Goyal, Ram Vilas Paswan, Chetan Chauhan are also present. Sushma Swaraj has also arrived at the location. Yogi Adityanath is present at the location to receive PM Modi.

Top Leaders Present to Accompany Modi at Nomination

Top NDA leaders including Rajnath Singh, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, Ram Vilas Paswan, Tamil Nadu Deputy CM O Panneerselvam and others have reached the nomination-filing centre in Varanasi ahead of PM Modi's arrival. Uddhav Thackeray is also present.

PM Modi on His Way to File Nomination

Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered prayers at Kaal Bhairav Temple in Varanasi and has now left for the Collectorate office to file his nomination.

PM Modi Offers Prayers at Varanasi Temple

Ahead of filing his nomination, PM Modi reached the Kaal Bhairav Temple in Varanasi to offer his prayers .

Make Political Pundits Want to Write Books on Varanasi Election

“The Varanasi election should be such that the country’s political pundits will want to write a book on it,” Modi said.

Want Victory of Democracy: PM Modi

“It is not important whether Modi wins with the most votes or not. That record does not matter... I am more interested in the victory of democracy,” Modi said.

Want Women's Turnout to Be 5% Higher Than That of Men: Modi

“I have a wish which I could not complete in Gujarat. Can I have it fulfilled in Benaras? I want women's turnout to be 5 percent higher than that of the men,” Modi said.

Mera Booth Sabse Mazboot: PM Modi

Modi said that his main aim was not to win the election but to win his booth because he would not enjoy winning the election if his workers lost at a polling booth. “Now, the only mantra should be that my booth is the strongest,” he said.

He also praised his workers for working and coming out to vote even in the heat at 40 degrees.

First Time There is Pro-Incumbency Wave in Country: PM Modi

PM Modi said that in the many elections that have been held in India, this is the first time a pro-incumbency wave is visible after Independence.

PM Modi Thanks Party Workers

Addressing BJP party workers in Varanasi, PM Modi thanked them, saying, “My Kashi workers sweated out and worked very hard to invite people for the show.” He added that it was because of their hard work that there was a wave of enthusiasm in the country.

He also said that he had once been a booth worker and had the privilege of putting up posters on walls.

PM Modi Addresses Gathering of Party Workers in Varanasi

PM Modi is addressing party workers and booth leaders at a gathering in Varanasi, ahead of filing his nomination.

Amit Shah, Other NDA Leaders Hold Meeting in Varanasi

BJP President Amit Shah and Rajnath Singh held a meeting of NDA leaders in Varanasi on Friday morning. Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and Tamil Nadu deputy chief minister O. Panneerselvam are also in attendance at the meeting.

PM Modi Seeks 'Blessings', Talks National Security in Varanasi

After the mega roadshow, PM Narendra Modi tweeted, “To serve Kashi is an honour.”. He added, “Together, we have been able to achieve a lot, especially futuristic infrastructure, more cleanliness and greater ‘Ease of Living.’ I seek Kashi’s blessings for another term so that we can continue working for this blessed city.”

'Last 5 Years Were Beginning of Development, Next 5 Will Be of Prestige'

"“Past five years have been an effort of honesty and the coming five years are going to extend those efforts. The past five years were a beginning of development, next five years will be of prestige.” " - PM Narendra Modi

The prime minister said that the terrorists killed 40 Indian soldiers in Pulwama, "and in that same area, we eliminated 42 terrorists". "This is the way we work," he added.

No Terrorist attacks on Temples in Past 5 Years: Modi

PM Modi said, “Kashi has not only made me an MP, it blessed me to become the prime minister. Trust of 1.3 crore Indians' belief has given me strength.”

“In the past five years, no city, no temple has come under the terror atack. Terrorism is now limited in a small region in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.

Only One Mantra - India First: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a public rally, where he said, “No matter what happens, I will not care about any benefits other than nation's benefit. I only have one mantra and I have lived by that one mantra throughout my life - Nation First, India First.”

Modi Performs Aarti

Prime Minister Narendra Modi performs Ganga aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat

PM Offers Prayers at Dashashwamedh Ghat

PM Narendra Modi offers prayers at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi

PM Modi Performs Ganga Aarti

After concluding the roadshow, Prime Minister Narendra Modi performed Ganga aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat.

CM Yogi Adityanath, BJP chief Amit Shah and UP BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandeypresent at Dashashwamedh Ghat.

PM Modi Arrives at Dashashwamedh Ghat

After concluding the mega roadshow, PM Narendra Modi will perform evening Ganga aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat.

Modi to Arrive at Dashashwamedh Ghat Shortly

Prime Minister Narendra Modi to arrive at Dashashwamedh Ghat shortly.

Glimpses of Modi's Roadshow

Amit Shah, Yogi Also Present at Modi's Roadshow

BJP President Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath are among the party leaders who are accompanying PM Modi at the roadshow.

Grateful For the Warmth, Tweets PM Modi

Varanasi has come out on streets to attend the prime minister’s roadshow.

PM Modi's Roadshow Begins

After paying tribute to Pt Madan Mohan Malaviya, PM Modi began his roadshow amid the chants of “Modi! Modi!”

PM Modi Pays Tribute to Pt Madan Mohan Malaviya

Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his roadshow in Varanasi by paying tribute to Pt Madan Mohan Malaviya, outside Banaras Hindu University.

People Flood Streets in Varanasi Ahead of PM's Roadshow

Modi's Varanasi Roadshow To Begin Shortly

After concluding his rallies in Darbhanga and Banda, Prime Minister Modi tweeted, “After bumper rallies in Darbhanga and Banda, I am heading to beloved Kashi.”

Modi to Start Roadshow by Garlanding Statue of Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya

Modi, who will file his nomination papers for the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat on Friday, is expected to start his Varanasi roadshow by first garlanding the statue of Banaras Hindu University founder Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya.

Top Bharatiya Janata Party leaders, including Union ministers Sushma Swaraj, Nitin Gadkari, Piyush Goyal and Nirmala Sitharaman, as well as BJP president Amit Shah and chief ministers of BJP-ruled states are expected to accompany him, reported PTI.

PM Modi to File Nomination from Varanasi on 26 April

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will file his nomination papers for the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat on Friday, 26 April, in the presence of senior NDA leaders including JDU president Nitish Kumar and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray.

Shiromani Akali Dal's Parkash Singh Badal and Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan will also be in attendance when the PM files his nominations at 11:30 am on Friday, the BJP said.

On Friday, the PM would be addressing booth heads and party workers at 9:30 am.

"After this program, around 11 am, the PM will go and worship the city god Kal Bhairav. At 11.30 am, PM will file his nomination for Varanasi Lok Sabha seat," said the release.

"In this (nomination) program, Akali Dal's senior leader and former chief minister (Punjab) Shri Parkash Singh Badal ji, Bihar chief minister and JDU chief Shri Nitish Kumar ji, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray ji, central minister and president of Lok Janshakti Party Ram Vilas Paswanji will be present," the press release said.

BJP’s press release added that leaders of AIADMK, Apna Dal and North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) will also be present.

PM Modi to Hold Mega Road Show Ahead of Filing Nomination From Varanasi

A day before filing his nomination, the PM will hold a "major roadshow" in Varanasi that will start from the Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya's statue and end at Dashashwamedh Ghat, according to a party press release issued on Wednesday.

"After the roadshow, the Prime Minister will participate in the Ganga Arti at Dashashwamedh Ghat. After that, at 8 pm, he will have a conversation with eminent personalities of Varanasi at Hotel De Paris," the BJP said.

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