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PM Modi holds roadshow in Varanasi: As it happened

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's roadshow in Varanasi is being held with two more days to go for campaigning in the final lap of seven-phase Assembly polls.

By Kamna Arora | Last Updated: Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 23:28

Varanasi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday offered prayers at Kashi Vishwanath and Kal Bhairav temples here during his roadshow in Varanasi, his parliamentary constituency.

Besides Modi, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, BSP supremo Mayawati, and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi campaigned in the temple city ahead of the last phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections. 

4 March 2017, 20:37 PM

Lot of development works that were pending in Kashi have been resumed & are progressing at fast rate: PM

4 March 2017, 20:37 PM

We're giving impetus to infrastructure development in Kashi. We are taking every measure that benefits people: PM 

4 March 2017, 20:35 PM

They spread lies about 24x7 power supply. But during their temple visit today, there was power outage: PM Modi 

4 March 2017, 20:33 PM

You see development in Kashi but CM Akhilesh Yadav doesn't, says PM 

4 March 2017, 20:30 PM

I promise to provide 24-hour electricity if BJP comes to power, says PM Modi

4 March 2017, 20:23 PM

Kashi is not just a city, it is a symbol of humanity. Our effort is to build an 'Uttam Kashi': PM 

4 March 2017, 20:22 PM

Have made Kashi my 'Karya Kshetra' so that we can regain the pride of the region: PM 

4 March 2017, 20:21 PM

I express my gratitude to the people of Kashi. Their blessings and affection is memorable: PM Modi 


4 March 2017, 20:08 PM

PM Modi back in his continuency Varanasi; Chants 'Har Har Mahadev'

4 March 2017, 16:16 PM

The PM asks: "If lost buffaloes can be tracked down in UP, can the police not trace (rape accused) Prajapati?"

"Akhilesh is shielding Prajapati, The SP is not interested in governance; we shall ensure safety of women," adds the PM.

4 March 2017, 16:14 PM

SP-Congress leaders chanting 'Gayatri Prajapati' mantra: PM Narendra Modi at Jaunpur election rally

4 March 2017, 16:03 PM

The Congress "made fun" of the soldiers by sanctioning just Rs 500 crore for One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. "They announced Rs 500 crore for OROP, and tried to cash in on it during the Lok Sabha polls. When we calculated, we found that Rs 12,000 crore is needed for OROP," Modi says.

"Announcing just Rs 500 crore was cheating the Army."

4 March 2017, 16:02 PM

"It is unfortunate that some parties, in their greed for power, are just focusing on politics of opposing. But the people of the nation will not forgive this..." says the PM.

4 March 2017, 16:02 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi blames Opposition parties for politicising the September 29 cross-LoC surgical strikes. "It is unfortunate that some political parties are questioning the Army out of political motives. For them even national security is a political tool," Modi says.

4 March 2017, 15:28 PM

PM Narendra Modi begins addressing a public rally in Jaunpur.

4 March 2017, 14:25 PM

Kaal Bhairav is considered by devotees as the `shah kotwal` and it is believed that a trip to Varanasi is incomplete without a visit to this temple. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi soon after his resounding victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections had visited the Kashi Vishwanath temple but skipped Kaal Bhairav temple.

4 March 2017, 14:06 PM

PM Narendra Modi offers prayers at the temple of Kal Bhairav, considered the ‘Kotwal’ of Kashi.

4 March 2017, 13:37 PM

The PM's roadshow is now moving towards the revered Shiv temple of Kal Bhairav.

4 March 2017, 13:28 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi offeres several litres of milk, Ganga jal and flowers at the fabled Kashi Vishwanath temple and performs aarti at the sanctum sanctorum. A priest gives him 'Vijay Bhava' blessings. The priests smear Modi`s forehead with chandan and vermillion, as a symbol of blessings of the Lord Kashi Vishwanath. He has also given some prasad by the management of the temple.

Prayers were conducted by five priests headed by Acharya Ashok Dwivedi.


4 March 2017, 13:21 PM

PM Modi's roadshow reaches Kashi Vishwanath Temple. The PM will offer prayers here.

4 March 2017, 11:33 AM

After a brief interaction, the PM moves in his bulletproof car in a cavalcade to a guest house. 

4 March 2017, 11:29 AM

Thousands of people are lined up along the routes of Modi's roadshow.

4 March 2017, 11:26 AM

Supporters cheer 'Modi Modi' as the Prime Minister's roadshow proceeds towards Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi.

4 March 2017, 11:14 AM

PM Modi to reach Kashi Vishwanath temple covering Ravidas gate Lanka, Assi, Madani, Sonarpura, Godowlia, and Basphatak areas.

4 March 2017, 11:13 AM

PM Narendra Modi's roadshow underway in Varanasi, supporters raise slogans 'Har har Modi, Ghar ghar Modi'.

4 March 2017, 10:56 AM

PM Narendra Modi offers floral tributes to Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya in Varanasi amidst a sea of supporters.

4 March 2017, 10:48 AM

Gorakhpur, Ballia, Kushinagar and Maharajganj polled 11 percent in two hours after voting began at 7 am, while Mau, Deoria and Azamgarh polled 10 percent. 

4 March 2017, 10:44 AM

The Prime Minister will garland Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya's statue in Varanasi.

4 March 2017, 10:40 AM

This morning, the PM had tweeted: "In Varanasi, I will offer prayers at the Shri Kashi Vishwanath temple & Kaal Bhairab temple."

4 March 2017, 10:10 AM

The PM arrives at the Banaras Hindu University in a special Indian Air Force chopper. Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah and other senior leaders are present to greet him.

4 March 2017, 09:51 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaches Babatpur airport.

4 March 2017, 09:29 AM

The campaign by the PM will coincide with the balloting in 49 seats in the neighbourhood under the penultimate phase of the seven-phase staggered elections. 

4 March 2017, 09:28 AM

Varanasi and neighbouring districts will go to the polls in the final phase on March 8.

4 March 2017, 09:28 AM

He will then proceed to Jaunpur to address an election rally, only to return and meet intellectuals of Varanasi, party workers.

4 March 2017, 09:28 AM

The PM, who will be holding a roadshow, will begin from the BHU gate and pass through Ravidas Lanka gate, Assi, Bhadaini, Sonarpura, Madanpura, Gaudolia, Bans Phatak and will then offer prayers at the Kashi Vishwanath temple. He will then move to Chowk, Nichibagh, Maidagin, Kotwali Thana, Visheshwarganj, Gujratat temple and then to the Kaal Bhairav temple.

4 March 2017, 09:27 AM

Amid the high-voltage electioneering, Modi, who is also the Lok Sabha MP from Varanasi, is expected to offer prayers at Kashi Vishwanath and Kal Bhairav temples and meet people in various areas after beginning his day from the Banaras Hindu University at around 9:30 am.

4 March 2017, 09:26 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Varanasi today for campaigning in the last phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017. Security has been beefed up in the city and officials of the elite Special Protection Group (SPG) which guards Modi are camping here to ensure that the entire route is sanitised and protected.