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What trap did PM Modi talk about in address to Varanasi voters?

In 2004, media houses had predicted that the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government would continue in power, but it didn't with a turnout of 58.07%

Varanasi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday requested voters not to fall into the trap of some reports doing the rounds that the BJP is leading all other parties by a huge margin in the three phases of the Lok Sabha election so far. He said people are being told it is fine not to cast votes any further as ‘Modi is winning, anyway’.

The prime minister appealed to the people to exercise their democratic right and duty in large numbers. “Some people are making a claim that Modi ji has already won (the election) and it is fine not to cast a vote in the coming phases. Casting the ballot is your privilege and everybody must exercise it,” Modi told journalists in the wake of filling his from Varanasi.

This talk of the ‘trap’ might have been triggered by the fact that in 2004, several media houses and psephological agencies had predicted that the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government would continue in power. The voter turnout in that election was pathetic at 58.07%. The BJP-led NDA lost that election.

The Prime Minister on Friday filed his nomination papers from the Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency, accompanied by top BJP and NDA leaders. Other than BJP president Amit Shah, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, top NDA leaders like Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, SAD patriarch Parkash Singh Badal and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray were with Modi at the Collectorate as he submitted his papers.

The prime minister offered prayers at a temple before he went to the Collectorate.

Then the prime ministerial candidate of the BJP, Modi had won the Varanasi seat in 2014 by beating his nearest rival, Aam Aadmi Party convenor Arvind Kejriwal, by a huge margin of more than three lakh votes.

The prime minister tried to cater to all sections of society through the process of his nomination, as he made it a point that a woman and members of the downtrodden and backward classes are proposers of his candidacy.

After submitting his nomination papers, the prime minister touched the feet of the woman proposer as well as those from the Dalit and OBC communities.

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