“Modi will file his nomination April 24. Then the Modi wave will soon turn into a tsunami,” Amit Shah said at a press conference.
Modi is contesting Lok Sabha elections from two constituencies, Varanasi and Vadodara. He had filed his nomination from Vadodara in Gujarat on April 9 after a grand road show.
Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal and Congress’ local MLA Ajay Rai are in the fray from the same Parliamentary seat.
Rai is a former BJP man, who had contested the Lok Sabha election in 2009 as a Samajwadi Party candidate against the BJP’s Murli Manohar Joshi, who won. Rai had come in third behind the BSP’s Mukhtar Ansari.
He later contested the UP elections as a Congressman and is the sitting MLA from the Pindra seat in Varanasi.
Kejriwal is currently in Varanasi with his family campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections. The AAP chief had earlier said there was no trace of Modi wave in the country and appealed to the people to bring an end to the era of ‘corruption and VIP culture’ of UPA and NDA governments.
“There is no Modi wave in the country. The mission of AAP is to weed out corruption from the country as the people are fed up from misrule of UPA and NDA governments,” he had said while addressing a road show on the last day of his Punjab tour.
Varanasi is a bastion of Hinduism and has traditionally been a stronghold of the BJP. For the last 20 years, except 2004, the saffron party has won this seat.