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    Indian PM Modi Files Poll Nomination Seeking Second Term in Office

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    In a show of strength, representatives from the ruling National Democratic Alliance, a coalition of 41 Indian political parties with BJP being the largest partner, were present in Varanasi to support Prime Minister Narendra Modi while filing his poll nomination for Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Indian Parliament.

    New Delhi (Sputnik): Amid a high-pitch political battle to win the maximum amount of seats in the ongoing parliamentary elections, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday filed his nomination expecting a repeat victory from his previous Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.

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    Just as the prime minister arrived at the Collectorate Office to file his nomination papers, he was greeted by his party chief Amit Shah, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and other senior leaders with bouquets.

    Ahead of filing his nomination, Prime Minister Modi addressed supporters of his party — Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and paid obeisance at the famous Kal Bhairav temple in the city.

    On Thursday, Modi held a mega roadshow in Varanasi and passed by ancient temples and Ghats (river banks) — the seven-kilometre roadshow took two-and-a-half hours and finally ended at the holiest Ghat of them all, the Dashashwamedh. He also attended an evening prayer performed at this popular Ghat, located on the banks of the Ganges River.

    Narendra Modi continues to be the first choice for the top post, remaining ahead of his nearest rival Congress president Rahul Gandhi by leaps and bounds, according to findings from the CVOTER-IANS tracker conducted just ahead of the elections to the Lok Sabha.

    READ MORE: Voting Kicks Off in India's Six-Week General Election — Reports

    The survey conducted on 19 April showed Modi was ahead of Gandhi by more than 30 percentage points as the people's first choice for PM.

    In the survey, when asked who was the most suitable candidate to become India's prime minister in a sample size of 11,192, a total of 56.83 percent of respondents said it was Narendra Modi. Gandhi was a distant second with 21.65 percent.

    India's 2019 Parliamentary Elections has seven phases, voting for which commenced on 11 April and will last until 19 May. With three phases already completed, the remaining four phases of the elections will be held respectively on 29 April and 6 May, 12 May, and 19 May. Votes will be counted on 23 May 2019.


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