People brave heat, come out in big numbers as Modi retraces 2019 route

VARANASI: PM Modi on Monday evening kicked off the campaign for the seventh and final phase of Lok Sabha election by holding a 5-km-long roadshow in his parliamentary constituency here, on the eve of filing his nomination on Tuesday for a third term.
Modi’s roadshow took the same route on which he had held a grand show ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha poll.He was accompanied by UP CM Yogi Adityanath and UP BJP chief Bhupendra Chaudhary atop his ‘chariot.’
Before starting the roadshow, Modi paid floral tribute to the statue of Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya at Lanka Gate of Banaras Hindu University. Ahead of the PM’s arrival, the entire route of the roadshow remained jam packed with people despite the heat and humidity.
There were performances along the way with women dancing and men carrying party flags in their hands. The roadshow highlighted the achievements of the Central govt spanning the past decade.
If religious chanting, havans, flower petal showering were done from the platforms of Agrawal Samaj, organisations of Maheshwari, Khatri, Sindhi, Bengali, Gujaratis, Yadavs, Dhobis and other communities, Muslims too gathered outside their homes when Modi passed through localities like Kashmiriganj, Shivala and Madanpura.
A large number of Muslims were present at the dais of BJP Alpsankhyak Morcha and could be heard raising slogans such as ‘Doori hai na khai hai, Modi hamara bhai hai’ (No rift, no distance, Modi is our brother).
Artists performed songs and dances while popular numbers like ‘Jo Ram ko laye hain’ were being played on DJs placed at most of the platforms. Standing outside her apartment in Lanka with dozens of women, Seema waved hands on seeing Modi.
“Is baar to aur bheed hai (This time the crowd is larger),” she said recalling previous roadshows she had seen in 2014 and 2019 that also started from Lanka.
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