Prime Minister Narendra Modi's roadshow in Varanasi today has sparked a war of words between the BJP and the opposition parties.
The leaders of the Congress and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) have criticised it, calling it an “old tactic”.
"In this Lok Sabha Elections, people are not happy with him (PM Modi) throughout the country. With his roadshow today, the Prime Minister is trying to prove that Varanasi stands with him. This is an old tactic of PM Modi to influence people using his power," Congress spokesperson Meem Afzal told news agency ANI.
BSP Spokesperson Sudhindra Bhadoria echoed similar sentiments and said, "Whenever PM Modi goes to Varanasi, he tries to polarize people. He talks about graveyards and cremation grounds... the Prime Minister talks about providing electricity on Eid and not on Diwali."
"The Prime Minister has also cheated the people by not doing enough to clean river Ganga. Nothing has been done to provide employment to the youth. The people of Varanasi will give him a befitting reply in the upcoming elections," he added.
BJP national spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain called Prime Minister Modi hope and pride of the nation.
"People are not voting for their candidates in their respective constituencies, instead they are voting for Narendra Modi to become the Prime Minister again."
"People of Kashi (Varanasi) are lucky they have Narendra Modi and vice-versa," he added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a major road show in his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi today a day before he files his nomination paper on Friday.