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Varanasi echoes with Modi during roadshow

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a massive 7-km roadshow in Varanasi, touching all ancient ghats which have presence of different communities settled from across the country for centuries. Ahead of filing his nomination papers on Friday, the PM sought a second term for himself as party painted the ancient city saffron. Modi commenced his roadshow by first garlanding the statue of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) founder Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya and then proceeded in an open vehicle with thousands of supporters lined-up on both sides raining flower petals on him. Clad in a saffron kurta, Modi, in a repeat of 2014 roadshow, greeted people with folded hands and incessant waving. Modi’s roadshow meandered through localities like Lanka, Assi Ghat, Sonarpur, Narad Ghat, Madanpura, Gadoliya and concluded at Dashaswamegh Ghat where he performed the famous Ganga Aarti amid sound of “Shankhs” and “Ghantis”. Madanpura is largely a Muslim populated part of the city where the Prime Minister passed through in the evening. Modi, who will file his nomination papers on Friday at about 11.30 am in the presence of NDA alliance partners, including Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Shiv Sena chief Udhav Thackeray and former Punjab CM Prakash Singh Badal, was accompanied by UP CM Yogi Adityanath, Union Ministers Piyush Goyal, Sushma Swaraj, and JP Nadda during the roadshow. Amid loud shouts of “Modi, Modi”, the Prime Minister’s cavalcade slowed-down at many places with the PM acknowledging people waving at him from rooftops. Boats in the Ganga were lighted with Modi’s cut-out and display of “Mai Bhi Chowkidar” and BJP’s symbol lotus. Friday, 26 April 2019 | Depak K Upreti | Varanasi

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