Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a roadshow in Varanasi later today, before he files his nomination papers from the holy city tomorrow, in the ongoing 2019 general elections.
According to BJP soruces, Modi’s roadshow will begin from Benaras Hindu University and will criscross large part of the city before reaching the banks of Ganga where the roadshow will culminate. Modi is also expected to take part in the Ganga aarti in the evening.
During the 2014 general elections also, Modi had organised a similar roadshow in the city and the strategy was again repeated in 2017 assembly polls. Modi had held two roadshows in Varanasi during the assembly elections campaigning.
Prime Minister is said to be filing his his nomination papers tomorrow. The decision of the BJP to choose Varanasi constituency for PM is part of a carefully crafted strategy to motivate the people to vote for BJP in the region.
During the 2014 general elections, BJP had won 17 of the 18 Lok Sabha constituencies in the region and the only loss of seat was in Azamgarh where Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav contested.
“Prime Minister visits Varanasi every few months and meets the people in the city. He has been to Varanasi at least 30 times in the last five years. Several senior BJP leaders and some members of the National Democratic Alliance are likely to take part in the roadshow,” said a senior BJP leader from Varanasi who is involved in organising the roadshow.