Soon after filing the nomination, the BJP's prime ministerial candidate briefly addressed the media lauding the ‘suraj and sushasan’ (good governannce) of Gaekwad dynasty, which had ruled Vadodara and described the region as his ‘karmbhoomi’.

"The name of Gakewads will be written in golden letters for good governance and welfare of the people....Vadodrara has been my 'karmbhoomi'....I am grateful to the people of Vadodara for the grand welcome they have accorded me. I have benefited immensely from the institutions established by the Gaekwads in Vadodara. I have got my primary education also in a school established by the Gaekwads," Modi said.

The Gujarat Chief Minister also chose the occasion to make an appeal to voters to turn up in large numbers and put their stamp on the lotus symbol of BJP.

In a massive show of strength, Modi earlier led his 'Vijay Vikas Yatra' to the District Collectorate office in an open jeep in the presence of thousands of supporter.

BJP general secretary and party in-charge for Gujarat, Om Mathur, state BJP president R C Faldu and other party leaders accompanied Modi during the filing of his nomination papers.

Tea vendor Kiran Mahida and a member of city's royal family, Shubhanginidevi Raje-Gaekwad, 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.

This is the first time that Modi is visiting Vadodara after selecting it as his second seat. The BJP leader is also contesting the Lok Sabha 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.


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