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Modi in Varanasi HIGHLIGHTS: PM thanks BJP workers, says for Kashi ‘I am sevak’

The Prime Minister is visiting his constituents as well as party workers in Varanasi Monday to express his thanks for choosing him for a second term.

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BJP supporters wave as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s carcade arrives at Kashi Vishwanath Temple. (PTI Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday arrived in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh after being elected as a Parliamentarian for a second term from the constituency. Modi, who won with a bigger margin than 2014, visited Varanasi to express his thanks to the people as well as party workers. He was accompanied by BJP National President Amit Shah. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had already reached the city to oversee the arrangements.

The PM offered prayers at Kashi Vishwanath Temple after which he addressed the party workers thanking them for their support in the campaign. Party workers had planned a grand welcome for him on his route from Police Lines to the temple. Modi won by an increased margin of 4.79 lakh votes against SP candidate Shalini Yadav. A large number of security, paramilitary and Special Protection Group personnel had been deployed in places where Modi visited.

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PM Modi is on his first visit to Varanasi after being elected to Parliament for a second term. Follow LIVE UPDATES

Keep Bharat mata clean: Modi

We shout 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' and then spit in the open, we need to change this attitude, said, Modi. he asked the people to chant Bharat Mata ki Jai but also keep her clean. Mod thanked Kashi, and UP for choosing him. 

Everything Sarkari belongs to people: Modi

Winning elections is one thing and working to maintain that mandate is another. We need to make people believe that everything Sarkari belongs to the people, Modi said. 

We have been ruling across India, still pundits call us Hindi heartland party: Modi

The BJP has been chosen across India be it Kerala, Kashmir, Bengal but still, political pundits call us a Hindi heartland party. The BJp is ruling in the northeast today we have been chosen even in Ladakh, but still, they call us a Hindi heartland party. 

Work and worker creates wonder: Modi

PM speaks on the importance of 'perfect synergy' between govt and party, says work and workers create wonders. 

Modi attacks opposition government in state over alleged killing of BJP workers

PM Modi attacked opposition government in West Bengal, Tripura and Kerala for the alleged killing of BJP workers. He said that perception has been created that our government does not support these states. We in the BJP have faced two challenges: Political violence and Political untouchability.

Why are our workers killed or attacked in Kashmir, Kerala or Bengal? It is shameful and anti-democratic.

Transparency and hardwork trumps negative perception: Modi in Varanasi

2014, 2017 and 2019 mark a hat-trick of wins in Uttar Pradesh. Each of these wins is special and should be studied very carefully by political analysts. Uttar Pradesh is further strengthening the country's democratic fabric. Politics is about perception, but pundits need to understand that transparency and hard work trump it all. India has shown that to political pundits and therefore there is no alternate of Transparency and hard work for us. 

Above arithmetic there is chemistry: Modi

Uttar Pradesh has always risen to the occasion when it comes to protecting our democracy, most notably in 1977. Targetting political pundits who criticised Modi predicting a loss called them still living in the 20th century. He said that their degrees, education is nothing compared to the basic understanding of a poor, however, the BJP works on that understanding of the poor man connected to the ground. He added that people need to accept that above arithmetic there is chemistry, a reference to his connect with the common people. 

UP making the foundation of a healthy democracy stronger: Modi

I appreciate the people of Kashi for spearheading the entire election campaign. Everyone became a Narendra Modi and led the campaign. Even though I am in Kashi, entire Uttar Pradesh is giving direction to the country making the foundation of a healthy democracy stronger. 

Greatful to people of Kashi: Modi

I want to thank the workers for not comparing the election with the scale of winner or loser and took it as a festival of democracy. I am grateful to the people of Kashi for organising several programmes through the campaign. These elections became a festival of democracy.

Everyone became Narendra Modi in this election: PM

PM Modi thanked his opposition candidates for contesting in the election and taking the election forward. Modi also thanked the local administration for smoothly conducting the election and handling the media. Modi also mentioned the media in his thanksgiving speech. He said that he had told workers that a Modi is in every house and gully even though there is just one Narendra Modi on the ballot. 

Its an honour to represent Kashi: Modi

Modi thanks BJP workers for assuring him that he will win and not to campaign in Varanasi. He adds that this assurance was the trust of the people of Kashi and the hard work of the party workers and therefore went to Kedarnath. He adds that no other candidated as relieved as him during voting, and results as him. Modi adds that its his honour to represent Kashi. 

Satisfaction of the party workers is what I live for: Modi  

Modi said that there is no such corner of the country which could not feel the heat of Kashi when it came to Lok Sabha elections. Modi was seen perplexed by excited workers who tried to pass him some papers, he adds that "Satisfaction of the party workers is what I live for."  

PM Modi addressing BJP workers in Varanasi

Addressing the BJP workers in Varanasi, Prime  Minister Narendra Modi thanked them for sending him back to the Parliament. He mentioned Amit Shah and Adityanath for their continuous campaign to push the party over 300 mark. Modi added that being a worker of the BJP he tris to fulfill the responsibilities given to him. 

UP to be among list of developed states in net five years: Amit Shah

People used to say that election can be won on caste, class and dynastyu but in last two years development has been the only plank for winning elections. All electoral pundits and journalists used to say that the full majority will not come for the BJP due to Mahagathbandhan, but we once again got 50 per cent votes in the state and the vision of PM Modi will help UP come in the list of developed states in the next five years.

Modi brought Kashi temple on international front: Amit Shah

In next five years, the Ganga ghats, roads from airport to Kashi, cleanliness, removing electricity poles will all be improved by the Modi government, Shah said. The BJP chief added that Modi brought Kashi Vishwanath temple on the international front. Shah also said that the people of Varansi seen just a trailer of what was to come  in the next five years.

Amit Shah addressing BJP workersin Varanasi

BJP president Amit Shah is addressing the BJP workers in Varanasi. Shah, who won his maiden Lok Sabha election from Gandhinagar, said that when PM Modi visited the workers on the day of his nomination, it became clear that he was going to win. Shah thanked BJP workers and voters for trusting Modi, who did not visit his constituency for campaigning in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.  

Yogi Adityanath addressing BJP workers

UP CM Yogi Adityanath addressing BJP workers in Kashi welcomed PM Modi in his contituency and said that the result is a matter of curiosity for those who questioned the transparency in the functioning of the Modi government. Adityanath added that in the last five decaded the BJP under Modi has come back to play a new innings. Adityanath added that under Modi government everyone has been given venefits of the government fucntioning. 

PM Modi arrives to interact with BJP workers

PM Modi after performing puja at Kashi Vishwanath temple has reched the handicraft centre to interact with BJP workers. This is his first visit to his constituency after winning in the Lok Sabha elections. 

Here is what has happened so far

The visit is aimed at thanking people for again reposing their faith in him and offering prayers at the famous temple. After landing at the Lal Bahadur Shastri International airport, he flew by helicopter to the police lines from where he travelled by road to Bansphatak near the temple. It was a roadshow of sorts as his cavalcade traversed through the bylanes of the city amid high security with crowds lining the roads and people on rooftops hoping to catch a glimpse of the man who will be sworn as prime minister for a second term this week. Many people threw rose petals and flowers at the cavalcade. Adding to the carnival atmosphere were some artists who put up impromptu performances. (PTI)

Narendra Modi retained Varanasi a margin of nearly 5 lakh votes

Surpassing his record win of 3.37 lakh votes in 2014 general elections, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi was reelected in his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi by a margin of nearly 4.80 lakh votes. Shalini Yadav, the SP-BSP Mahagathbandhan candidate is second, while Congress’ Ajay Rai is trailing at third position. Interestingly, the BJP was seemingly so confident of a win in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Varanasi that the Prime Minister did not address even a single public campaign rally here. He only came to file his nomination and held a massive roadshow prior to that. READ FULL STORY HERE

PM Modi finishes puja in Kashi Vishwanath

The Prime Minister flanked by Amit Shah and Adityanath have finished the puja at the Kashi temple. The prime minister is set to be part of the roadshow in the area to thank the people. he will later address party workers in the city. 

PM Modi performing puja at Kashi Vishwanath temple

Watch | PM Modi in Kashi Vishwanath temple

Amit Shah, Yogi Adityanath join Modi atr Kashi Vishwanath

BJP chief Amit Shah and UP CM Yogi Adityanath are accompanying PM Modi at Kashi Vishwanath. Amit Shah is being credited for PM Modi's win and the BJP's massive mandate across India in the recently held Lok Sabha elections. The BJP pulled off its biggest mandate with 303 seats in the 550 seat Parliament. 

PM Modi's first trip to Varanasi after LS elections

PM Modi reaches Kashi Vishwanath temple

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaches the premises of Kashi Vishwanath temple where he will perform a puja. The prime minister is on a thanksgiving triup to Kashi for choosing him for a second term of Parliament. 

Watch | PM Modi wave to crowd in Varanasi

PM Modi begin roadshow from police lines

PM Modi has left the police lines and is part of the roadshow. The Prime Minister is waving to the people gathered aroud the road, the close to 6 km long roadshow will end at Kashi Vishwanath temple. 

PM Modi reaches police lines in Varanasi

PM Modi after reaching Varanasi headed to trhe police lines in the coty on an Air Force chopper. He will now pray at the Kashi Vishwanath temple. 

PM Modi arrives in Varanasi

A day after visitng Gujarat, PM Modi arrived in Varanasi, where he set to take part in thanksgiving spree to the voters and party worklers. 

Heavy security deployment in Varanasi

District Magistrate Surendra Singh said heavy security has been put in place for the PM's visit. Singh, along with Senior Superintendent of Police Anand Kulkarni, reviewed the security arrangements for Modi's visit. A large number of security, paramilitary and Special Protection Group personnel have been deployed in places where Modi will be visiting. This will be Modi's first visit to his constituency after he won the Lok Sabha elections by a huge margin of 4.79 lakh votes. (PTI)

Preparations in full swing to welcome PM Modi

PM Modi's schedule in Varanasi

The PM will offer prayers at Kashi Vishwanath Temple around 10:30 am and party workers in Varanasi have planned a grand welcome for him on his route from Police Lines to the temple, which is likely to be in the form of a road show. He will meet party workers at 12 pm at the Deen Dayal handicraft auditorium. 

PM Modi, Amit Shah to visit Varanasi today

AFTER WINNING from Varanasi constituency with a bigger margin of 4.79 lakh votes this time, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Varanasi Monday to express his thanks to the people as well as party workers. He will be accompanied by BJPNational President Amit Shah. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath left for Varanasi Sunday to oversee the arrangements. READ MORE HERE

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Welcome to The Indian Express Live Blog as we track Prime Minister narendra Modi's journey in Varanasi as he thanks the people and party workers for choosing him for a second term. 

Modi had first won the seat in 2014 with a margin of 3.71 lakh votes against Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, who had contested from Varanasi then. This time, Modi won by an increased margin of 4.79 lakh votes against SP candidate Shalini Yadav. However, he had not campaigned much in his Lok Sabha constituency this time, except when he had come to file his nomination papers.

“He secured a thumping victory from Varanasi so the public will be there all along his route from Police Lines to Kashi Vishwanath Temple to welcome him on his first visit after the second term victory,” said Dharmendra Singh, vice president of the BJP’s Kashi wing. He added that the PM’s interaction with party workers at the Trade Facility Centre will have a limited gathering.

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