Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Amit Shah, a close aide of the party prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, said on Thursday that the Modi wave which is sweeping the country has now turned into a tsunami after the latter had filed his Lok Sabha nomination from Varanasi.
"Till now there was a wave of Modi and the BJP in Uttar Pradesh. But now, as he has filed his nomination, this wave has turned into a Tsunami," said Shah, who accompanied Modi to the Varanasi Collectorate for the filing of the nomination. "Because of this Tsunami, the trio of the Congress, the SP and the BSP will be whitewashed from Uttar Pradesh. We will further benefit from this wave in Bihar and adjoining states," Shah added.
He asserted that from the environment prevailing in the country, it is pretty evident that the next government will be formed by Narendra Modi. Earlier, Modi filed his nomination from Varanasi constituency, and said that he would serve the people of Varanasi with great dedication. "I am really grateful to the kind of love the people of Varanasi have given me. I used to think that the BJP had sent me here but now I think it is goddess Durga who has sent me here. I hope she gives me the strength to stand up to the expectations of the people here and do a lot for the people of Varanasi," said Modi. "I had got the opportunity to serve Sabarmati River and I felt that if I get a chance I would like to do the same for Mother Ganga. We need technological upgradation and branding to improve Varanasi. I believe that our weavers can compete with China," he said.
Modi supporters gathered in huge numbers and raised slogans in support of the Gujarat chief minister as he approached the polling station. Modi also paid tribute to former Congress president Madan Mohan Malviya, spiritual thinker Swami Vivekananda and Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the architect of India's Constitution and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, India's first home minister, as he filed his nomination. .
The BJP leader is facing electoral challenges from Arvind Kejriwal of the Aam Aadmi Party, Ajai Rai of the Congress and candidates of the Bahujan Samaj Party, the Samajwadi Party and Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress.