Roadshow and more in Varanasi await PM Narendra Modi

Besides BJP national president Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, his Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will be among the ally leaders attending the prime minister’s Varanasi roadshow

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Narendra Modi Varanasi 2014 roadshow
Narendra Modi in Varanasi roadshow, 2014

Varanasi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to hold a massive roadshow in his constituency Varanasi today, where, certain quarters are speculating, he will be challenged by Priyanka Gandhi Vadra although the Congress has not yet responded to her remark made at the spur of the moment some weeks ago, “Varanasi kyon nahin (why not Varanasi)?”

The prime minister’s roadshow will start with his garlanding of the Pundit Madan Mohan Malviya statue and end at the Dashashwamedh Ghat.

‘Priyanka Gandhi Vadra would just end up humiliating herself with a big defeat. In Varanasi, it is impossible to beat Modi. Yes, the alliance will cause losses to BJP, but Modi will be PM again,’ said Prabhakar Acharya, a government employee returning home to Varanasi from Kanpur

Modi’s event will be a show of strength as all the prominent leaders in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will accompany him. The prime minister will file his nomination papers for the ongoing Lok Sabha election for the second time from Varanasi constituency.

Besides BJP national president Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal will be among the ally leaders attending the prime minister’s Varanasi roadshow, which will culminate in a puja. The roadshow will begin from Banaras Hindu University.

After the roadshow

The prime minister is scheduled to address rallies in Darbhanga, Bihar and Banda in Uttar Pradesh.

In Varanasi, the agencies have spruced up the security in view of the mega roadshow.

‘No contest’

On the eight-hour ride to Varanasi aboard India’s fastest train on Wednesday, the Vande Bharat Express, it is hard to find a person critical of Narendra Modi. The SP-BSP alliance will push back BJP by some seats, Congress has no credible leadership, and Modi deserves another chance — is the refrain of people going to UP’s major cities of Kanpur, Prayagraj and Varanasi on this train.

A major talking point is if Priyanka Gandhi will contest from Varanasi against Prime Minister Modi. In one coach, the query over the same and Modi’s chances sparks a heated debate. “She would just end up humiliating herself with a big defeat. In Varanasi, it is impossible to beat Modi. Yes, the alliance will cause losses to BJP, but Modi will be PM again,” said Prabhakar Acharya, a government employee returning home to Varanasi from Kanpur.

PM Modi, who has been under the fire of the Opposition for using national security as an electoral ploy, hits back in Bihar’s Darbhanga and says, “For the ‘Mahamilavat’ gang, national security may not be an issue. But this is a new India. Those involved in or abetting terror would be chased to their homes and finished off, says PM Modi.

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