Ganga connects me to Varanasi: Modi

He thanked the people of Varanasi for playing a major role in the victory

May 17, 2014 08:53 pm | Updated December 04, 2021 11:13 pm IST - Varanasi

After tasting a massive victory, BJP leader Narendra Modi on Saturday visited Varanasi and offered prayers at Kashi Vishwanath temple.

After visiting the temple, the prime minister-elect went to Dashashwamedh Ghat and took part in ‘Ganga Aarti’ for about half-an-hour amid chanting of ‘slokas’ and blowing of conch shells.

Mr Modi was accompanied by BJP president Rajnath Singh, his close aide Amit Shah and party UP chief Lakshmikant Bajpai.

His coming to the city is seen as a gesture of gratitude towards people here who have elected him by a huge margin of over 3 lakh votes.

The Gujarat Chief Minister thanked people here for playing a major role in the formation of BJP-led NDA government at the Centre. He said the Ganga connected him to the people of Varanasi.

A huge electronic lotus (artificial lotus) was floated in the middle of the Ganga river.

Local police, along with Gujarat police, local intelligence unit sleuths and central forces were deployed in the entire area on the banks of the Ganga river at Rajendra Prasad ghat.

Passes were mostly issued to BJP leaders and workers and common people were restricted to the ghat where Mr Modi visited.

Even people at the adjacent Meer ghat and Shitla ghat were restricted to pass through the Rajendra Prasad ghat.

Many newly elected BJP MPs of Poorvanchal region were present at the ghat to welcome Mr Modi here .

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