He was received at the airport by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Governor Ram Naik. Flanked by BJP president Amit Shah and Adityanath, Modi entered the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and paid obeisance to the deity as priests recited Sanskrit 'shlokas' in the sanctum sanctorum and blew conch shells.
PM Modi: Political pundits say BJP is a Hindi heartland party.We have the most number of seats in Karnataka still we are Hindi heartland party? We are running Govt for years in Goa, the whole northeast, Assam, Ladakh everywhere we are governing or winning, still Hindi heartland? pic.twitter.com/2lBRny0loB— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) May 27, 2019
"Rarely is a candidate so relaxed, as I was, during elections & the results. Your hardwork was the reason for it. I was relaxed so I went to Kedarnath," Modi says in his thanksgiving address in Varanasi.
PM: After the campaign, I used to think of coming here but I used to recall your orders. Maine socha ye nahi to koi aur baba. Rarely is a candidate so relaxed, as I was, during elections & the results. Your hardwork was the reason for it. I was relaxed so I went to Kedarnath. https://t.co/LiHDISU8Sj— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) May 27, 2019
Continuing his speech Modi talks about how he was nonplussed at the time of counting because he had full faith that the people of India will give him another term and gives credit for his victory to his party workers. "I had spoken to workers of Varanasi. All of you had ordered me that I can't set foot in Varanasi for a month. The nation might elected me as the PM but for you, I am a worker. For me, your order was the priority," Modi says.
BJP Worker First, PM Second, Says Modi in Kashi | Narendra Modi begins his address in Varanasi by thanking the people of Kashi for voting for him and extending their overhwhelming support to his cause. "I also thank the party cadre for their hard work. I myself am a BJP worker first and then the PM of this country," he says.
After securing a resounding majority in the recently concluded Lok sabha election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, along with other party high cadre like UP CM Yogi Adityanath are in Modi's constituency of Varanasi today. Addressing the people here right now is Amit Shah, who dubs his party's victory as historic. "People have faith in Modi. There is perhaps rarely any campaign where the candidate didn't come to his constituency after filing his nomination till voting. But people in Varanasi trusted Modi and asked him not to come," he says.
Visuals of Narendra Modi, along with Amit Shah offering his prayers to kickstart his Thanksgiving tour to Varanasi.
Varanasi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi offers prayers at the Kashi Vishwanath temple. BJP President Amit Shah also present. pic.twitter.com/K064Ar0a1S— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) May 27, 2019
The Varanasi visit comes three days before he takes oath after being re-elected as Prime Minister for a second term. "This is our fortune that Prime Minister will perform puja with all rituals like he did in 2014 Lok Sabhae devotes himself to god, you can see tears of devotion in his eye," priest Acharya Ashok Dwivedi told news agency ANI.
Colourful, celebratory visuals coming in from the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi ahead of Modi's visit. An LED screen has been installed at the entrance of temple which will live-stream visuals from inside when he offers prayers. The chief priest will perform a ritual with PM Modi.
Visuals from outside Kashi Vishwanath Temple where PM Narendra Modi will offer prayer today. pic.twitter.com/Xz5hT4DAUW— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) May 27, 2019
Modi also led the BJP to a resounding victory for a second term in office. In first back-to-back majority in the general elections for a single party in over three decades, the Modi-led BJP won 303 out of 542 Lok Sabha seats that went to polls, handing out a crushing defeat to the Congress and many other political opponents.
District Magistrate Surendra Singh said heavy security has been put in place for the PM's visit. Singh, along with Senior Superintendent of Police Anand Kulkarni, reviewed the security arrangements for Modi's visit. A large number of security, paramilitary and Special Protection Group personnel have been deployed in places where Modi will be visiting.
The thanksgiving visit to this temple town is his first since he won the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat with a huge margin of 4.79 lakh votes, nearly 1 lakh votes more since 2014.
The visit is aimed at thanking people for again reposing their faith in him and offering prayers at the famous temple.
After landing at the Lal Bahadur Shastri International airport, he flew by helicopter to the police lines from where he travelled by road to Bansphatak near the temple.
It was a roadshow of sorts as his cavalcade traversed through the bylanes of the city amid high security with crowds lining the roads and people on rooftops hoping to catch a glimpse of the man who will be sworn as prime minister for a second term this week.
Many people threw rose petals and flowers at the cavalcade. Adding to the carnival atmosphere were some artists who put up impromptu performances.
He is also scheduled to address a gathering of BJP workers in the city, party sources said.
On Saturday, Modi tweeted, Will be going to Gujarat tomorrow evening to seek blessings of my mother. Day after tomorrow, I will be in Kashi to thank people of this great land for reposing their faith in me.
In a video message ahead of the May 19 polling, Modi called himself a "Kashivasi" and termed the city his guiding spirit.
He said it was a matter of great satisfaction for him that he was in service of the city whose presiding deity is Lord Shiva.
In the first back-to-back majority for a single party in over three decades, the Modi-led BJP won 303 out of 542 Lok Sabha seats that went to polls, handing out a crushing defeat to the Congress and many other political opponents.
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