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 BJP National President Amit Shah. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath left for Varanasi Sunday to oversee the arrangements.
The PM will offer prayers at Kashi Vishwanath Temple around 9:30 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.
Local leaders said arrangements were being made to shower flower petals on him en route. He will later address party workers at Trade Facility Centre.
Modi, who had 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 and had told people of Varanasi that he has faith in them.
“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.
Earlier on Saturday, Modi had tweeted, “Will be going to Gujarat tomorrow evening, to seek blessings of my Mother. Day after tomorrow morning, I will be in Kashi to thank the people of this great land for reposing their faith in me.”
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.