PM Narendra Modi files nomination papers for re-election to Varanasi seat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday submitted his nomination papers as the Bharatiya Janata Party’s candidate for Varanasi. Modi reached the Varanasi district magistrate’s office here at 11 am after having a darshan at the Kaal Bhairav mandir.

Modi filed his application in the presence of senior BJP leaders, including Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, party president Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath, Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, ally Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, Shiromani Akali Dal Patron Parkash Singh Badal, Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal (United)’s Nitish Kumar and Union Minister and Lok Janshakti Party chief Ramvilas Paswan.

“Earlier governments were formed, but in the past five years, people saw a government run. I express my heartfelt gratitude to the people of Kashi,” Modi told reporters after filing his nomination papers, and asked the voters to come out and vote in large numbers.

In his affidavit, Modi declared assets worth Rs 2.5 crore, movable assets worth Rs 1.41 crore and immovable assets worth Rs 1.1 crore, PTI reported. In 2014, Modi had disclosed total assets of Rs 1.65 crore.

He said he has fixed deposits of Rs 1.27 crore and Rs 38,750 cash in hand. The prime minister said he has invested Rs 20,000 in tax-saving infrastructure bonds, Rs 7.61 lakh in National Saving Certificate and another Rs 1.9 lakh in Life Insurance Corporation’s policies.

Modi had previously contested and won from Varanasi during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, securing 5.81 lakh votes.

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