New Delhi, April 25: Following the mega-roadshow in Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi performed the Ganga Aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat in the temple town. He was accompanied at the aarti by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, BJP president Amit Shah and party's UP unit chief Mahendra Nath Pandey.
At the roadshow, which was held before the aarti, scores of BJP cadres and supporters came out on the streets to welcome the Prime Minister. The high-octane voter reach out programme began at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU), where Modi garlanded a statue of Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya.
The roadshow continued till Assi Ghat, and finally culminated at the Dashashwamedh Ghat, where Modi performed the Ganga aarti.
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Varanasi: PM Narendra Modi arrives to perform Ganga aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat. UP CM Yogi Adityanath, BJP President Amit Shah & UP BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey also present. pic.twitter.com/M2rxJ2z0rQ
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Modi would tomorrow be filing his nomination paper from Varanasi, the parliamentary seat currently being represented by him in the Lok Sabha. The candidature-filing is also expected to be a high-spectacle event, with top leaders from the NDA camp -- Bihar chief minister and JD(U) president Nitish Kumar, Akali Dal's de facto supremo Sukhbir Singh Badal and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray accompanying him at the poll office.
From Varanasi, where Congress had earlier teased the electoral debut of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, has now decided to field Ajay Rai. The latter had stood unsuccessful against Modi in 2014. The SP-BSP combine have fielded Samajwadi Party's Shalini Yadav to take on the PM.