PM Modi files nomination from Varanasi

Varanasi:  Senior BJP leader and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday filed his nomination papers from Varanasi parliamentary constituency, the Lok Sabha seat from where he had won in the 2014 general election.

Four persons proposed Modi’s name — former principal of the Banaras Hindu University’s women college Annapurna Shukla, ‘Dom Raja’ and ‘chief cremator’ Jagdish Chowdhary, who helps cremate bodies in the city, long-time BJP worker Subhash Chander Gupta and agriculture scientist Ram Shanker Patel.

Senior BJP leaders including party President Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj and Nitin Gadkari among others were present at the Collectorate here as Modi filed his nomination papers, seeking the second term in the Lok Sabha from the holy city.

Many prominent leaders of NDA including Akali Dal’s senior leader and former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Bihar Chief Minister and JD-U chief Nitish Kumar, Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray and LJP President Ram Vilas Paswan also accompanied the Prime Minister.

Earlier today, PM Modi addressed thousands of party workers and visited the Kal Bhairav temple before reaching the nomination centre.

Varanasi will vote in the final phase of the seven-phase 2019 Lok Sabha elections on May 19.

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