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Accompanied by NDA leaders, PM Modi files nomination from Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi filed his nomination papers for the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat on Friday, accompanied by a galaxy of top BJP and NDA leaders.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday filed his nomination from Varanasi – the Parliamentary constituency he won in the 2014 general election. (ANI)

Bihar CM and JD-U chief Nitish Kumar, Union minister and LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan, Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray and Shiromani Akali Dal patron Parkash Singh Badal were with the prime minister at the collectorate as he filed his papers. (ANI)

Before heading for the nomination, Modi also offered prayers at Kashi Bhairavnath temple. In the morning, he addressed BJP workers in Varanasi. (Reuters)

Thanking the workers for putting up the massive roadshow yesterday, Modi said, “Party workers are the real candidates of democracy. More than my win, I am concerned about them.” (Reuters)

In 2014, Modi won the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat, defeating Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal by a massive margin of 3.37 lakh vote. Modi polled 5,16,593 votes -- about half the total votes -- while Congress' Ajay Rai finished third. (Reuters)