In a show of strength ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, top leaders of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and North East Democratic Alliance alliance (NEDA) joined Prime Minister Modi as he filed his nomination from the holy city of Varanasi on Friday.
According to the reports, Prime Minister Modi arrived at the collectorate office in Varanasi to file his nomination ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. He was welcomed by BJP president Amit Shah and senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh.
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Former Punjab Chief Minister and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) Chief Parkash Singh Badal, Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal-United (JD-U) chief Nitish Kumar, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) head Ram Vilas Paswan, leaders of the AIADMK, Asom Gana Parishad, Apna Dal and Shiv Sena Chief Udhav Thackrey were all present at the collectorate office in Varanasi as PM Modi filed his nominations.
The Prime Minister greeted all the NDA leaders who have arrived at Varanasi and also sought the blessing of Akali leader Parkash Singh Badal by touching his feet.
Apart from NDA leaders, senior BJP leaders like party president Amit Shah, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, senior leaders Sushma Swaraj, Nitin Gadkari, JP Nadda also joined Prime Minister Modi.
A member of the Dom Raja family, which helps perform the last rites at Varanasi’s Manikarnika Ghat, a veteran BJP leader, a chowkidar and the principal of a women’s college was the proposers for PM Modi. Panini Kanya Mahavidyalaya principal Nandita Shastri Chaturvedi is also among five people who will be proposing Prime Minister’s name.
The elections in Varanasi will be held in the seventh and final phase of polling for the Lok Sabha election 2019 on May 19.
The National Democratic Alliance (NDA), a 20-party coalition is fighting the 2019 Lok Sabha elections under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.