Security in this temple town has been tightened significantly ahead of filing of nomination by Narendra Modi on Thursday and a high-level police team from Gujarat has arrived here to ensure a fool-proof cordon around the BJP's Prime Ministerial nominee.
Additional security forces have been deployed across the city including in and around Banaras Hindu University, Kashi Vidyapeeth and Vishwanath temple which are likely to be visited by Modi during his visit to the city on Thursday.
Sources said the police team from Gujarat is holding back-to-back meetings with the top officers of local administration here for security of Modi, who will be filing his nomination following a roadshow in the heart of the city.
They said a number of top police officials of Uttar Pradesh administration are reviewing the security aspect as they expect a large crowd in Modi's roadshow along the narrow streets of Varanasi. April 24 is the last day of filing of nomination for Varanasi constituency where election will be held on May 12. Gujarat's Chief Minister has been challenged by Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal in the constituency along with a number of other contestants including Congress' Ajay Rai. The BJP's Prime Ministerial nominee will arrive at Lal Bahadur Shastri airport on Thursday morning from where he is likely to go to Banaras Hindu University by a helicopter.
At the campus of the premier university, Modi is likely to pay floral tribute to BHU founder Pandit Madan Mohan Malvya at his statue at the Lanka crossing. Then, he is scheduled to visit Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth. The BJP workers in the city are leaving no stone unturned to accord a grand welcome to Modi and make his roadshow a grand success.
"We will make Modi's road show a great success. People of Varanasi are eagerly waiting to welcome Modiji," said BJP worker Sanjoy Kapur.
Officials in the local administration said adequate number of police personnel will be deployed along the route of roadshow by Modi, who is also contesting from the Vadodara constituency in Gujarat.
The police team from Gujarat has already reviewed security preparedness at places where Modi is likely to visit while mine detector and anti-sabotage teams have been deployed at various sites.
Meanwhile, pujas have been organised in various temples here to pray for Modi's success in the election. BJP workers offered puja and organised 'hawans' at Vinayak and Kal Bhairav temples.