After campaigning for his party in several states across India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has now reached his own Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi. A sea of humanity thronged the temple town in Uttar Pradesh, as PM Modi holds a road show in his parliamentary seat on Thursday, a day before filing his nomination for the ongoing Lok Sabha elections 2019.
The prime minister, who was wearing a saffron kurta and scarf, was cheered by a massive crowd as his cavalcade passed through the Lanka and Assi areas of the city. After completing the 7-kilometre stretch of his roadshow between BHU campus gate and the Dashashwamedh Ghat, the prime minister also performs Ganga Aarti and offers prayers in presence of BJP president Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
Before reaching Varanasi, Modi had tweeted: "After bumper rallies in Darbhanga and Banda, I am heading to beloved Kashi." "There are a series of programmes lined up, which would give me another excellent opportunity to interact with my sisters and brothers of Kashi. Har Har Mahadev!" he had tweeted.
The roadshow, which started at 5:15 pm, came to an end around 8 pm this evening. The show of strength takes place on a day the Congress ended all speculation about its general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra taking on Modi in the city. The grand old party has again fielded Ajay Rai from the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat.
Here are the Highlights from PM Modi's road show in Varanasi:
10:00 PM :
I have only one mantra for every moment of my life - Rashtra Pratham, India First: PM Narendra Modi.
09:59 PM :
I can't say that our dreams for Kashi's development have all been fulfilled but the speed with which they are heading towards fulfillment has hastened: PM Modi.
09:59 PM :
The last five years were for effort, the next five years will be for results: PM Modi.
09:58 PM :
As a servant of Kashi, in five years, I have attempted to employ a model for the development of farmers, the youth and everyone else: PM Modi in Varanasi.
09:52 PM :
Kashi blessed me to become both MP and PM: Narendra Modi.
09:49 PM :
Overlooking terrorism as challenge will be an injustice to the country: PM Narendra Modi.
09:49 PM :
Kashi gave me courage to answer terrorists in their language, says PM Modi.
09:28 PM :
People ask 'What did Modi change in Varanasi?' But before that, I want to talk about what Kashi has done for me: PM Modi.
09:28 PM :
Five years ago, when I came to Kashi, I had said 'Ma Ganga has called me'. Ma Ganga gave such a calling, the people gave me such love: PM Modi.
09:27 PM :
PM Narendra Modi addresses citizens of Kashi. WATCH LIVE:
08:38 PM :
PM Modi to interact with some of the prominent personalities of Varanasi shortly.
08:34 PM :
PM Narendra Modi offers prayers at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi.
08:15 PM :
Visuals of Ganga Aarti from Dashashwamedh Ghat.
08:08 PM :
India is ready for 'fir ek bar Modi sarkar', tweets Amit Shah.
08:05 PM :
Varanasi: PM Narendra Modi arrives to perform Ganga aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat. UP CM Yogi Adityanath, BJP President Amit Shah and UP BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey also present.
08:02 PM :
Visuals from Dashashwamedh Ghat:
08:19 PM :
Covering 7-kilometre stretch between BHU campus gate and Dashashwamedh Ghat, Narendra Modi's roadshow has come to end. The prime minister will take part in the Ganga aarti along with other BJP leaders shortly.
08:01 PM :
Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with BJP president Amit Shah, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath reaches the Dashashwamedh Ghat.
06:42 PM :
BJP president Amit Shah reaches the Dashashwamedh Ghat where PM Modi will be taking part in the Ganga Aarti shortly.
06:41 PM :
PM Narendra Modi's mega roadshow passes through Assi in Varanasi.
06:36 PM :
Modi wave at Varanasi.
06:33 PM :
PM Modi's mega roadshow reaches Madanpura in Varanasi.
06:21 PM :
Pictures of PM Narendra Modi's massive roadshow in Kashi.
06:19 PM :
06:44 PM :
Sea of humanity gathered on the roads of Kashi to catch a sigle glimpse of PM Narendra Modi.
06:03 PM :
Visuals from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's roadshow in Varanasi.
05:45 PM :
Narendra Modi will shortly arrive at the Dashashwamedh Ghat where he is scheduled to participate in the Ganga aarti.
05:31 PM :
Visuals of PM Narendra Modi's mega roadshow in Varanasi.
05:22 PM :
Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds a roadshow in Varanasi. WATCH LIVE:
05:19 PM :
PM Narendra Modi pays tribute to Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya at Banaras Hindu University.
05:18 PM :
05:08 PM :
Varanasi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi to perform Ganga aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat later today.
05:05 PM :
Kashi is gearing up to welcome its beloved Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
04:22 PM :
"After bumper rallies in Darbhanga and Banda, I am heading to beloved Kashi. There are a series of programmes lined up, which would give me another excellent opportunity to interact with my sisters and brothers of Kashi. Har Har Mahadev!" Modi tweeted.
04:11 PM :
Prime Minister Narendra Modi to hold a roadshow in Varanasi shortly. Watch visuals from outside Banaras Hindu University (BHU).
03:39 PM :
PM Narendra Modi's mega roadshow in his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi to begin shortly. Being touted as a show of strength, the roadshow will include union ministers, state chief minister and other senior leaders of the BJP.
02:21 PM :
"25 ton of rose petals, 5 lakh BJP workers 4m all corners, most cabinet ministers, prominent allies, all stops pulled for a show to be remembered. Message is not 4 Varanasi, but 4 last 4 phases. Clearly hype will attract people but votes, not so sure," Ajay Kumar reports from ground zero.
02:19 PM :
"Amidst blistering heat, preparation afloat for Modi’s @narendramodi mega show. 11-km-long roadshow culminating at Dashasamegh Ghat with Aarti. Virtually entire cabinet, prominent allies, entire media staff of BJP ensuring unprecedented media coverage," reports our Managing Editor from Varanasi.
02:16 PM :
Ahead of Modi’s roadshow, security has been tightened across Varanasi. Hundreds of security personnel have been deployed along the route of the roadshow. The police is also using drones to keep a vigil on any suspicious activity prior or during the roadshow.
02:07 PM :
The 7-km-long show will start at 3 pm from Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya's statue and end at Dashashwamedh Ghat, where the prime minister will hold a special "Ganga Aarti".
02:02 PM :
Hello and welcome to the news nation Live Updates on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's road show. After campaigning for his party across the country, Modi will showcase his strength in his own Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi with a mega roadshow. The 7-km-long roadshow will start at 3 pm and will end at 7 pm. BJP chief Amit Shah is likely to accompnay the prime minister during the roadshow among other local leaders. Stay with us as we bring you all the latest updates about Modi's mega show of strength in temple town of Varanasi.