Varanasi: As people of this holy city voted on Sunday in the last phase of the Lok Sabha 2019 elections, former MP and veteran BJP leader Murali Manohar Joshi said he is nobody to bless Narendra Modi, the party’s candidate from this seat, as the prime minister has got blessings of the people here.
Mr Joshi, who won on BJP’s ticket from Varanasi in 2009, was shifted to Kanpur in 2014 to make way for Modi to fight his Lok Sabha elections from this constituency in politically-significant Uttar Pradesh, but did not get a chance to fight the 2019 elections from any seat.
After casting his vote Mr Joshi was asked by reporters whether his blessing are with Modi, who is again in the electoral fray from Varanasi, to which he said, said, “Who am I?... People are blessing him.”
Mr Joshi also visited the famous Kashi Vishwanath and Sankat Mochan temples. He was BJP’s president and a union minister in the NDA government from 1999 to 2004.
He won the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Kanpur and was also head of Parliament’s Estimates Committee. Several reports presented by his panel were critical of the Modi government.
Earlier this year, Mr Joshi had said in a statement that he was conveyed by the BJP General Secretary (Organisation), Ram Lal, about the party leadership’s decision that he should not be contesting the elections....