LS polls: Modi files nomination papers from Vadodara
Gujarat Chief Minister and BJPs prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi today filed his nomination papers from Vadodara Lok Sabha seat amid tight security.
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 the Returning Officer Vinod Rao.
Kiran Mahida, a tea shop owner near Vadodara Minicipal 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 Purushottam Rupala and Cabinet ministers Anandiben Patel, Nitin Patel and Saurabh Patel also accompanied Mr Modi.
In a display of massive stength, Mr Modi carried out a about three-km-long road show in an open jeep, which took about an hour, before filing his nomination papers.
Mr Modi's first road show during the on-going general election started from Kirti Stambha and concluded at the Collector's office.
Thousands of people of the city gathered at both the sides of road to support Mr Modi during his roda show route Kirtistambha-Rajmahelroad-Nyay Mandir-Padmavati shopping centre-Gandhinagar gruh-Collector office.
Earlier, Mr Modi arrived at Vadodara airport around 1000 hrs to a frenzied welcome by the BJP workers and his supporters.
The authorities put in place a foolproof security cover in Vadodara.
A police official said tight security was in place for Mr Modi in view of intelligence agencies' inputs about a possible terrorist attack on his rallies and other programmes during election campaign.
Four SPs, 10 DSPs, 50 inspectors, 150 sub-inspectors, 950 jawans, four companies of State Reserve Police (SRP) and about 200 women police personnel were deployed during Mr Modi's road show.
The police had banned entry of vehicles and parking on Mr Modi's route from 0700 to 1300 hrs.
Besides Vadodara, Mr Modi is also contesting from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.
Today is the last date for filing nominations in Gujarat which will go to polling on April 30 for 26 Lok Sabha seats in the BJP-ruled state.
(Posted on 09-04-2014)