A sea of saffron was witnessed on the streets of Varanasi on Saturday as thousands of BJP supporters gathered for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's roadshow ahead of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election results. Women were seen clad in sarees with BJP's Lotus symbol, while children were dressed in saffron.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, Rahul Gandhi and BSP supremo Mayawati are descending in Varanasi on Saturday making it their battleground ahead of the last phase of UP polls.
In Varanasi North, SP had finished third, behind BJP and BSP, and was followed closely by the Congress.
All the three seats—which cover almost the entire city— are being contested by the Congress this time, while the SP is fighting the predominantly rural Rohaniya and Sevapuri. Stakes are particularly high for the BJP in the Prime Minister’s Lok Sabha constituency.
Top leaders like party chief Amit Shah and vice president in-charge of UP Om Mathur have been conducting whirlwind tours of the city while Union ministers like Arun Jaitley, Smriti Irani and Piyush Goyal have been interacting with citizens from different walks of life.
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#I fail to understand why some people were so agitated after demonetisation? Was it because they have to give back what they looted
#Why should police stations function like SP offices and why should jails be palaces for gangsters? UP does not deserve this
#If the law and order situation is poor then people will not invest and youngsters will not get employment opportunities
#People recite the 'Gayatri Mantra' but the SP and Congress know the 'Gayatri Prajapati Mantra' rather well
#The Government of India is providing resources to feed the poor but the UP Government is showing no keenness to make use of them
#BJP wants every village of UP to get electricity. They want only a few villages, from where they belong, to get electricity
#BJP's victory has become a reality after 5 phases. Now, you need to give us a bonus and give us more seats for a comfortable majority
#We practice 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas' while they feel, 'Kuch Ka Saath, Kuch Ka Vikas.' BJP believes in Shanti, Ekta & Sadbhavana
#We believe in 'Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas', and their slogan is 'Kuch ka Sath, Unka Vikas
#Loans of small farmers will be waived off in the first cabinet meting after a BJP Government assumes office in Uttar Pradesh
#The UP Govt website clearly shows what their 'Karnamas' are & that is when they removed that content from the website
#They got angry when I said 'Karname are speaking and not Kaam' so I decided to verify again by searching on the UP Govt websites
#By allocating only Rs 500 crore for OROP, what the previous Central Government did was to humiliate the armed forces
#For 40 years our forces demanded OROP but nothing happened. I had promised a BJP Govt will deliver on OROP and we did
#Those who question surgical strikes- come to Jaunpur & ask the families of the martyrs. Why politicise issues of national security
#Sadly, there are some people who are so driven by political considerations that they want to question our armed forces
#We are so proud of what our forces did. It was done after elaborate planning & is being talked about world over
#In this scorching heat also I can see a Jan Sagar. Wherever I turn, I can see only people. Thank you for coming to bless us
#3:20 PM: PM Modi addresses a rally in Jaunpur
Unforgettable moments in Kashi. It is always special being here. My gratitude to the people for the affection. Truly humbled: PM Modi
Varanasi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi performed 'aarti' at Kashi Vishvanath Temple pic.twitter.com/eSKFf2JII9— ANI (@ANI_news) March 4, 2017
PM Modi visits Kaal Bhairab Temple in Varanasi
PM Narendra Modi's roadshow to reach Kaal Bhairav temple in Varanasi shortly
PM Modi offers prayers at Kashi Vishwanath temple
PM Narendra Modi offered prayers in the Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi (In Pic: the Kashi Vishwanath temple's sanctum) pic.twitter.com/8ThWilFm27— ANI (@ANI_news) March 4, 2017
PM Modi's roadshow reaches Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi
PM Modi's roadshow underway in Varanasi. Out of 5 assembly constituencies under Varanasi Lok Sabha, currently 3 are held by BJP & 2 by SP
PM Modi to reach Kashi Vishwanath temple covering Ravidas gate Lanka, Assi, Madani, Sonarpura, Godowlia and Basphatak areas
PM Narendra Modi's roadshow underway in Varanasi, supporters raise slogans 'Har har Modi, Ghar ghar Modi'
Large number of youngsters have joined the Prime Minister's road show in Varanasi. Tremendous enthusiasm seen in Varanasi for PM's visit
Unprecedented enthusiasm in Varanasi, where the Prime Minister's road show is taking place. People from all sections of society have joined
Crowd gathers on Varanasi roads as PM Narendra Modi's roadshow begins pic.twitter.com/uHj7m2MiaU— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) March 4, 2017
PM Modi pays tribute to Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya in Varanasi
PM Modi pays tribute to Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya in Varanasi. pic.twitter.com/sECnx0faH3— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) March 4, 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi to garland Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya's statue in Varanasi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi to garland Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya's statue in Varanasi. pic.twitter.com/z1vQR1QZdS— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) March 4, 2017
PM Narendra Modi arrives at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
PM Narendra Modi arrives at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi pic.twitter.com/uUhQZsYD9s— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) March 4, 2017