PM Modi’s message to Varanasi
As the last phase of Lok Sabha Polls is to take place, the biggest battle of Elections would be most prominent in Uttar Pradesh, the seventh phase of Lok Sabha Elections, 2019. The final phase will put to test the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who won the seat in 2014 with a margin of 3.37 lakh votes against his nearest rival, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor Arvind Kejriwal.
Calling himself a ‘Kashi – Vaasi’ – resident of Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is seeking re-election from the Lok Sabha seat, issued an emotional message for people of the constituency and sought their blessings for victory.
Modi outlined his personal and emotional association with people of Kashi in a video released by his website on Monday.
“It is often said that whosoever comes to Kashi even once, becomes part of the city. N last five years I have experienced this every passing moment. In molding me and giving a direction to my political and spiritual being, Kashi has a huge influence on me.”
Modi underlined that Kashi is not a mere word for him, but an inspiration, in terms of religion, spirituality and culture. “I am fortunate that its people provided me with an opportunity to serve,” he said.
The Prime Minister further spoke about presiding deity of the city – Lord Kashi Viswanath and said it is a matter of satisfaction for him to be in service of the city. “The which Baba Vishwanath doesn’t need anyone else. But that fact that my life could be of any use for Kashi is a matter of satisfaction for me. My people of Kashi have blessed me by giving an opportunity to serve them,” Modi said in the moving message.
Asserting that he is proud of people’s participation in the development of Varanasi in last five years, Modi added that it serves as an example in the whole country.
“Be it houses or toilets, free LPG or Electricity connection, Varanasi has presented an ideal example of development in all sectors. Artisans were able to get global exposure for their products through Deendayal Hastakala Sankul. Construction of two new cancer hospitals provided relief to not only people of Varanasi but also of nearby areas. Every attempt has been made for the welfare of farmers, traders, businessman, youth and ‘mallahs’ (boatmen) of Kashi,” said Modi.
Referring to himself as a ‘Kashi Vaasi’, Prime Minister concluded his address with chants of ‘har har Mahadev and har har Gange.’
Modi had a massive road show in Varanasi before filling his nomination on April 26. In the show of strength, almost all prominent leaders of the BJP, as well as members of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) accompanied him. He won the seat in 2014 defeating the Aam Admi party national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal by a massive margin of 3.37 lakh votes.
The highly priced Lok Sabha constituency will vote on May 19, the last phase of national polls with results scheduled for May 23.