Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday filed his nomination from Varanasi – the Parliamentary constituency he won in the 2014 general election. Leaders of the BJP, NDA and North-East Democratic Alliance including Amit Shah, Uddhav Thackeray, Nitish Kumar greeted him at the District Collectorate’s office.
Before heading for the nomination, Modi also offered prayers at Kashi Bhairavnath temple. In the morning, he addressed BJP workers in Varanasi. Thanking the workers for putting up the massive roadshow yesterday, Modi said, “Party workers are the real candidates of democracy. More than my win, I am concerned about them.”
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, meanwhile, who will today lead the party’s campaign in three states – Bihar, Odisha and Maharashtra – is running late due to “engine failure”. His flight en route to Patna returned to Delhi this morning. In the evening, the prime minister is scheduled to address rallies in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.