A sea of supporters waved BJP flags, blew conches, beat drums, danced and shouted slogans as soon as Modi stepped out of the airport after flying in from Gujarat. The celebrations continued all through the long route.

Besides BJP president Rajnath Singh, the seven newly elected Bharatiya Janata Party MPs from Delhi were among those who received Modi, visiting Delhi a day after the announcement of the Lok Sabha results.

As Modi set out from the airport, he leaned out of the front window and flashed a V sign.

BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad told the media, "Today is a day of celebration. Party workers are enthusiastic. The country is enthusiastic. Entire India has voted for him."

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The motorcade, now protected by the Special Protection Group (SPG), then proceeded to the BJP headquarters, at times slowing down to acknowledge the greetings of Modi fans gathered on the streets.

A mass of flag carrying, Modi-mask wearing supporters were at select spots along the route from the airport to the BJP office in the heart of the capital.

Modi led his party to a stunning victory, making the BJP the first non-Congress party since independence in 1947 to win a comfortable majority on its own in the 545-member Lok Sabha.

“We have great hope from Narendra Modi. There is no leader like him. He will lead the country in a new direction," Poornima Rawat, a young party worker from west Delhi, said.

After his roadshow, Modi will attend the parliamentary board meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) scheduled at 12.30 pm.
"Modi is expected to take oath by 22 May. But nothing is finalised as of now," said the source.

Modi to visit Varanasi, say thanks

Modi will also pay a thanks giving visit to Varanasi, the second Lok Sabha constituency from which he won handsomely.

Party leaders said Modi will fly into the temple town from New Delhi after the BJP's parliamentary board meeting and will reach Varanasi around 5 pm.

He will proceed straight to the Kashi Vishwanath temple and then address a public rally before taking part in the evening Ganga Arti on the bank of the river Ganga.

Modi had been denied permission for an election rally and another event in the city on May 10 by the district administration during the campaign.

Now, the Varanasi authorities are rolling out a red carpet to welcome Modi who led the Bharatiya Janata Party to a spectacular win in the Lok Sabha election.

Modi won from Varanasi by over three lakh votes. He polled 5.81 lakh votes while his nearest rival, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, got 2.09 lakh votes. All other candidates forfeited their deposits.

Security tightened for Modi's roadshow

Meanwhile, elaborate security arrangements have been made in the national capital to welcome the Prime Minister designate. The prime ministerial guarding force and the Special Protection Group (SPG) will take stock of the security situation during his victory procession in the national capital.

Policemen were manning the security arrangements en route the road show and security personnel will be stationed on high-rise buildings on the route to spot any suspicious activities.

Snipers were deployed and anti-sabotage checks have been carried out on the route, which has been sanitized.

Police and NSG commandos sanitized the 11, Ashoka road BJP headquarters and a multi-layered security apparatus has been put in place around it.

"Elaborate police arrangements have been made everywhere on the route and at the place of the function where public is gathering especially at the BJP headquarters. We have blocked the traffic at both the sides of the road at the headquarters and the persons who are coming are being frisked and checked. We have also put in place elaborate patrolling and traffic arrangements. All the security agencies are working in coordination with the Delhi Police," said Joint Commissioner M K Meena here said.

Asked if there was any security threat to Modi, the JC said, "I can only tell you that we are ready for everything".

Traffic advisory for public

On Friday, Delhi Police had issued a traffic advisory asking commuters to avoid certain roads which fall on or around the route of Modi's proposed roadshow from IGI Airport to the party's headquarters.

As per the advisory, no traffic exiting from Terminal-3 from 10.00 AM onward would be allowed to go on Central Spine Road and Tunnel Road, Aerocity and all traffic would be diverted straight toward Centaur Hotel and Mahipalpur on NH-8.

From 11.00 am, no traffic would be allowed to move on NH-8 toward Dhaula Kuan and on Sardar Patel Marg from Dhaula Kuan to 11 Murti.

Public transport, commercial vehicles and general traffic would be diverted as per the position of the procession and traffic regulation requirements.

The route of the roadshow would start from IGI Airport Terminal III via Service Road, Central Spine Road, Aerocity going toward Dhaula Kuan Flyover, Sardar Patel Marg, Mother Teresa Crescent, Teen Murti Marg to Akbar Road, Moti Lal Nehru Place, Janpath, Windsor Place and reach the party headquarters at Ashoka road.

"His security detail will be the same as provided to a Prime Minister," said a senior police official.

"Motorists are requested to avoid the above roads and plan their journey in advance to avoid inconvenience. The public is also advised to make maximum use of public transport system, especially Delhi Metro," said Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Anil Shukla had said.


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