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Watch: Prime Minister Modi presents his candidacy for a third term in the general elections in India

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On Tuesday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi submitted his candidacy for a third term in the Indian general elections in the city of Varanasi in the north of the country, which will continue until June 1.

Modi hopes to retain his seat in the Hindu holy city, his constituency, from which he ran and won elections, first in 2014 and then again in 2019.

Live television clips showed Modi submitting his candidacy documents in the local court, in front of which hundreds of his supporters gathered.

The massive six-week general elections in India began in April, and voting is scheduled to continue until June 1 before the votes are counted on the fourth of the same month.

About 970 million people are entitled to vote, making it the largest democratic election in the world.

Most opinion polls show Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party leading in the race for seats in the lower house of parliament over their main rival, a broad opposition coalition led by the Indian National Congress and powerful regional parties. The coalition has not yet announced its candidate for prime minister.

Before filing his candidacy, Modi led a roadshow in the city on Monday, attracting thousands of supporters.

They chanted “Peace be upon Modi!” As his car made its way through the streets, he was greeted by BJP supporters wearing saffron caps and waving party flags.

Voters in the Varanasi district, which has about 1.7 million voters, are scheduled to go to the polls on June 1.

Modi, who is expected to retain his seat, faces Ajay Rai, who represents the regional Samajwadi Party allied with the opposition Congress Party in the state.

Also among the contenders is Athar Jamal Lari, from the Bahujan Samaj Party.

Additional sources • dad