Modi drives through; Benaras comes to stand-still

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Modi drives through; Benaras comes to stand-still
Varanasi, May 8: BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi today held an unprecedented drive-through in this temple town known for its narrow bylanes, after a stand-off with local administration and election authorities. After addressing a rally in nearby Rohaniya, Modi arrived here in a helicopter and landed at Banaras Hindu University helipad.

Thereafter he began his drive-through towards the party's central election office in Sigra area in the heart of the city. Normally, a drive is of less than half an hour despite Varanasi's as such slow traffic, his drive continued for over five hours as massive crowd of his supporters came out on roads, putting his motorcade and the entire route into a stand-still.

This could be Modi's last programme in Varanasi which goes to polls on May 12


This could be Modi's last programme, which included a stay at election office for some time before proceeding to airport, in Varanasi which goes to polls on May 12 and campaigning would end on May 10.

Modi's visit today also saw resurfacing of the controversial 'Har Har Modi, Ghar Ghar Modi' slogan by his supporters at his rally venue, on his drive-through route and during protests held by senior party leaders. Modi had earlier requested his supporters not to chant this slogan, which is inspired by 'Har Har Mahadev' -- a traditional form of greeting here and used in prayers of Lord Shiva.

Earlier in Rohaniya, Modi said he wanted more rallies in Kashi area, but was denied permission. "Election Comnmission should do introspection. I don't know under whose pressure they are working. My speech is not so important because people will get my message even through my silence," Modi said.

He said that the government need not worry about his security as he was ready to die for his country. "It is an attack on my democratic rights. Should I not get rights that every other candidate is entitled to get. I have been denied permission to meet mother Ganga too," he said, while promising to come back for Ganga pujan soon. He asked people to ensure that a strong government is put in place at Centre, and not something like the "government on mother-son oxygen" or some "remote control" government.


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