Prime Minister Narendra Modi filed his nomination papers for the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat on Friday at the Collectorate Office. Inside the office, while filing the nomination, Prime Minister spoke to the officers who were checking his papers, and gave them an interesting suggestion.
Talking about modern, digital India, PM Modi suggested the Election officers at the Collectorate Office to conduct workshops on the election process on digital platform.
"Ek baar jo aap logo ne elections ka kaam kia, ye sara experience, ek workshop karke, digital world main kaise convert kia ja sakta hai. Kabhi socha hai. Isko kaise modern kia ja sakta hai. Ab to technology hai. Bohot kuch kia ja sakta hai. (Have you ever thought about organising a workshop to take the experience of conducting an election to the digital world. Now technology has become modernised, anything can be possible," PM Modi said.
Accompanied by a galaxy of top BJP and NDA leaders in what was a massive show of strength for the country's ruling alliance, PM Modi filed his nomination in Varanasi.
Bihar Chief Minister and JD-U chief Nitish Kumar, Union minister and LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan, Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray and Shiromani Akali Dal patron Parkash Singh Badal were with Modi at the Collectorate as Modi filed his papers, seeking a second term in the Lok Sabha from the temple town.
BJP leaders, including party president Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and senior Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Sushma Swaraj, were also present on the occasion.
In 2014, Modi won the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat, defeating Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal by a massive margin of 3.37 lakh vote.
PM Modi polled 5,16,593 votes -- about half the total votes -- while Congress' Ajay Rai finished third. Ajay Rai is the Congress candidate again this time from the constituency that goes to the polls on May 19.
(With PTI inputs)