Modi promises 'magnificent future for Varanasi' in his blog (pics)

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Varanasi, April 24: BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, who reached the holy city to file his nomination for the May 12 polling here, sought the blessing and support of the citizens and promised "a magnificent future for Varanasi" and an end to "a larger decay across UP", in a blog written hours before his arrival [Read the blog here].

In his blog, Modi wrote: "We envision Varanasi as a World Heritage Site that is able to draw both devotees and those who wish to understand and absorb India's culture. This means creating state-of-the-art tourist and infrastructure facilities for Varanasi. And it is my firm belief that once we are able to give the required impetus to tourism, it will not only bring more tourists but also enhance the livelihood of the poorest of the poor."

Narendra Modi paying floral tributes to Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya

BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi paying floral tributes to Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya before filing his nomination papers in Varanasi on Thursday.

Narendra Modi waves at supporters during a road show

BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi waves at supporters during a road show before filing his nomination papers in Varanasi on Thursday.

Narendra Modi greets supporters at a road show

BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi greets supporters at a road show before filing his nomination papers in Varanasi on Thursday.

Narendra Modi waves at supporters during a road show

BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi waves at supporters during a road show before filing his nomination papers in Varanasi on Thursday.

Narendra Modi waves at supporters

BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi waves at supporters while paying floral tributes to Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya before filing his nomination papers in Varanasi on Thursday.

Modi also raised the need to clean up the Ganga, the holy river. He said: "The condition of the Ganga in several parts of UP is pitiable. We can't let this go on anymore! Need of the hour is to work towards cleaning the Ganga and restoring it to its previous glory. In 1986 the Government of the day brought the Ganga Action Plan but it merely remained a plan, the action was missing. Budgets were allocated but the money was never used for the intended purpose. The condition of the Varuna too is similar. Now is the time for urgent action to solve this anomaly!"

The BJP leader also spoke about the condition of the weavers in Varanasi. He wrote: "The weavers of Varanasi are an integral part of the city's history, present and future. Unfortunately, due to apathy of the governments in Delhi and Lucknow their work has suffered. It is my firm resolve to infuse this sector with latest technology and qualitative value addition so that the weavers of Varanasi become our pride at the world level. From ensuring that they get quality raw material to better marketing of their products, it is my resolve to ensure that they stand on their own feet with pride and their future generations have a bright future."

Modi filed his nomination after taking part in a massive road-show

Modi played tributes to leaders like Madan Mohan Malaviya, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Swami Vivekananda before kicking off a road show featuring 2 lakh people. He later reached the office of the Varanasi collectorate to file his nomination.

Speaking to journalists in Varanasi, Modi said he was overwhelmed by the love and support of the local people of Varanasi, adding that he was not sent by anybody but rather was called by Mother Ganga.

Modi would address a number of rallies in Bihar and Gujarat later in the day.

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