Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Wednesday filed his nomination papers from the Vadodara Lok Sabha constituency.
Modi filed his nomination papers at the Collectorate office here, flanked by several party leaders and supporters.
Speaking to the press later, Modi said he was grateful to the people of Vadodara.
“Vadodara has been my karmabhoomi,” the Gujarat CM said.
“I am confident that people of Vadodara will celebrate this festival of democracy and vote for the BJP in huge numbers,” Modi added.
After flying into the city earlier this morning, Modi led a roadshow, ‘Vijay Vikas Yatra’, to the collectorate office in an open-top jeep.
This is the first time that Modi is visiting Vadodara after selecting it as his second seat. The BJP leader is also contesting the General Elections from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.
Wednesday is the last day of filing of nomination form in Gujarat, which will witness single-phase polls on April 30 to elect representative for 26 Lok Sabha constituencies.
General secretary of BJP and party in-charge for Gujarat, Om Mathur, state BJP president R C Faldu and other party leaders accompaned Modi during the filing of his nomination papers.
Tea vendor Kiran Mahida and a member of city’s royal family, Shubhanginidevi Raje-Gaekwad, also signed as supporters when Modi filed his nomination papers.
Two other supporters – Nila Makrand Desai, wife of late BJP national secretary Makarand Desai and first president of the city’s party unit Bhupendra Patel, also signed Modi’s nomination form.