Modi files nomination papers from Vadodara
Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi filed his nomination papers from Vadodara Lok Sabha seat amid tight security this morning.
Mr Modi, who is seeking his maiden entry in Parliament, filed his nomination papers at around 1120 hrs in presence of senior party leaders and a large number of supporters before Returning Officer Vinod Rao.
Kiran Mahida, a tea shop owner near Vadodara Municipal Corporation office, signed the nomination papers of Mr Modi as a supporter to re-inforce the Gujarat strongman's projection as 'chaiwala'.
Apart from Mahida, Shubhangini Raje Gaikwad, the Rajmata of erstwhile Royal family and Neelaben Desai, widow of former BJP leader Makrand Desai also remained present as a supporter.
State BJP president R C Faldu, party's Gujarat in-charge Om Mathur, senior party leader Parshottam Rupala and his cabinet ministers Anandiben Patel, Nitin Patel and Saurabh Patel also accompanied Mr Modi.
Earlier, Mr Modi arrived at Vadodara airport around 1000 hrs to a frenzied welcome by the BJP workers and his supporters.
Before the filing the nomination, Mr Modi held a road show in an open jeep in the city which started from Kirti Stambha and concluded at Collector's office.
This was the first road show of Mr Modi during the ongoing general elections.
Besides Vadodara, Mr Modi is also contesting from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.
Gujarat is going to polls on April 30 for 26 Lok Sabha seats in the BJP-ruled state.
(Posted on 09-04-2014)