Addressing a rally at BKC's MMRDA grounds, Mumbai, PM Modi, on Friday, has thanked Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackrey for attending his (Modi's) nomination process in Varanasi inspite of the upcoming Mumbai Lok Sabha elections on April 29.
" Today I have filed my nomination in Kashi. It is a coincidence that I have filed my papers in India's most traditional city and now I am standing in the financial capital of the country to get your blessings. I especially thank Uddhavji publically. Inspite of having elections on April 29 for which there is a lot of work to do, he came to Kashi and participated in my nomination process. His presence gave a unique strength to the entire process. I am very grateful to him," he said.
He also highlighted the importance of the ongoing Lok Sabha polls calling it an election of intentions and not promises.
"Our tradition and our intelligence are India's two biggest strengths. Based on these two, we talk about become the world's superpower. This election is not just to choose a new government, but an election to determine the direction in which India will be headed. This election is not about options but of oaths. It is not about promises but an election of intentions. It is not about making false promises to abolish poverty, but an election where you can provide opportunities to the poor to fulfill their dreams," he added.
Earlier on the same day in Varanasi, Prime Minister Modi filed his nomination papers for the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat accompanied by a galaxy of top BJP and NDA leaders in what was a massive show of strength for the country's ruling alliance.
The NDA allies present for the Prime Minister's nomination were Bihar Chief Minister and JD-U chief Nitish Kumar, Union minister and LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan, Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray, Shiromani Akali Dal patron Parkash Singh Badal, party president Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and senior Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari and Sushma Swaraj. Apart from them, AIADMK leaders O Pannerselvam, M Thambidurai, and Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio were also present.
Earlier on Thursday, PM Modi conducted a mega roadshow which started at 5:15 PM with the garlanding of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) founder Madan Mohan Malaviya's statue. Travelling with a massive entourage, the Prime Minister passed through a sea of supporters (approximately 6 lakh people) thronging to see him and progressed on his 7 km long roadshow from the Malaviya statue to the Dashashwamedha Ghat.