Prime Minister Narendra Modi has filed his nomination from the Varanasi seat for the Lok Sabha elections.

Accompanied by Top NDA Leaders, Modi Files Nomination for Varanasi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi filed his nomination papers for the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat on Friday, 26 April, accompanied by a galaxy of top BJP and NDA leaders in a massive show of strength for the country's ruling alliance.

"Some people are creating an atmosphere that Modi ji has already won (the election) and it is fine not to vote. Please don't fall into their trap. Voting is your right and everyone must exercise it," Modi said after filing his papers.

The prime minister, who reached in Varanasi on Thursday and brought life to a standstill as he held a seven-kilometre roadshow through the town, also addressed party workers in the morning.

On being asked about terror-accused Pragya Thakur contesting on a BJP ticket, in an interview with India Today in Varanasi, PM Modi said that the allegations against her were a result of the lies being spread by Congress.

Bihar Chief Minister and JD-U chief Nitish Kumar, Union minister and LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan, Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackarey and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) patron Parkash Singh Badal were with Modi at the Collectorate as Modi filed his papers, seeking a second term in the Lok Sabha from the constituency.

BJP leaders, including party president Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and senior Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Sushma Swaraj, were also present on the occasion.

  • While the last five years were about his government making sincere efforts, the next five will be about results, Modi said
  • The four people who proposed his name were carefully chosen, each from a different caste – Shukla is a Brahmin, Chowdhary a Dalit, Patel an OBC (other backward classes) and Gupta a Baniya.
  • Modi, who also participated in the “Ganga aarti” at the Dashashwamedh ghat, addressed a late night meeting in Varanasi on Thursday, 25 April too
  • 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
  • Rai is the Congress candidate again this time from the constituency that goes to the polls on 19 May.

'If You Find Modi Involved in Corruption, Raid His House': PM Modi

On the recent spate of I-T raids at offices and residences of Opposition leaders, PM Modi said in the India Today interview that “those who do wrong will be caught... be it a BJP man or Congress.”

“If you ever find out that Modi has been involved in corruption, then raid his house. I honour the institutions of the country,” PM Modi said.

“I sat for a nine-hour interrogation when SIT was formed to investigate the Gujarat riots... it is only because I respect institutions,” he added.

Demonetisation Not an Election Plank, It Was a Major Reform: PM Modi

“I did not do demonetisation keeping the elections in mind. But the Opposition lost UP election badly, fighting it on the demonetisation plank,” Modi said, in an interview.

On being asked if demonetisation was a success, Modi said that the note ban had helped curb black money, lower inflation, expand the tax base and boost the economy.

On reports of demonetisation impacting jobs, the prime minister said that there are no statistics to suggest the same.

Unemployment Issue is Congress' Propaganda: PM Modi

Dismissing claims of rising unemployment numbers, PM Modi said in an interview that job generation is at an all time high.

“This is the Congress party’s propaganda. As per many metrics, like NASSCOM, suggest that employment has increased in India,” he said.

Article 35A, 370 Biggest Deterrents in Kashmir: PM Modi

PM Modi said that his party will stand by its decision to abrogate Article 35A and 370 in Kashmir, as stated in its manifesto.

“People expressing anti-India statements in Kashmir don’t deserve to live in the country,” he said, in an interview with India Today.

Pakistan Under a Lot of Pressure After Balakot: PM Modi in Varanasi

PM Modi, in an interview to a news channel in Varanasi, said that his actions against Pakistan has created immense pressure on the country’s machinery.

“Surgical strike and Balakot has created public pressure within Pakistan about giving safe haven to terrorists,” he said.