Varanasi, Apr 24 IBNS | 6 months ago

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Thursday held a grand road show to garner support for himself from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.

For over three hours, the people of Varanasi cheered, shouted slogans in the support of the Gujarat chief minister and showered rose petals as Modi rode an open truck.

En route, Modi made multiple stops like at a statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, a freedom fighter from Mr Modi's home state of Gujarat and India's first Home Minister.

"I thank the policemen and security forces who were there during the entire roadshow & nomination process," Modi tweeted following the success of the roadshow.

On Thursday he filed his nomination papers from Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency.

He reached Varanasi around 8.30 am and filed his nomination papers at the Collector's office post a road show in Maldahiya.

Earlier in the day, Modi tweeted: "Friends today I will file my nomination papers from Varanasi. I seek your support & blessings as I embark on this journey."

"I thank Party leadership for giving me an opportunity to contest from Varanasi, a confluence of history, culture, tradition & spirituality," he said.

"My special gratitude to all Karyakartas & well wishers who have been tirelessly working on the ground & supporting me from all over India," he posted on Twitter.

Earlier on Apr 9, Modi filed his nomination from Vadodara in Gujarat.

Polling will be held in Varanasi on May 9 and 12.

Modi is being challenged in the constituency by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) architect Arvind Kejriwal and Congress candidate Ajay Rai.

(Posted on 24-04-2014)

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