Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to the workers of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday and said that contestants from other political parties were not enemies because they too were working to strengthen democracy. Speaking to the BJP workers in Varanasi before filing his nomination for the Lok Sabha seat, Modi said election was not a war but a festival of democracy.

Modi is expected to file his nomination from Varanasi on Friday in the presence of several senior leaders of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) including Parkash Singh Badal of Shiromani Akali Dal, Uddhav Thackeray of Shiv Sena, Ram Vilas Paswan of Lok Jan Shakti Party and Amit Shah from BJP.

"We do not have to discuss who is the contestant from other political parties, they are not our enemies, they too are trying to strengthen democracy. Election is not a war but a festival of democracy. We have win the hearts of people, party will automatically win with the help of people," said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday in Varanasi.

PM also thanked the workers of BJP and the people of the city for their support during the road show carried out by BJP on Thursday evening. Modi said that it was because of the hard work of BJP workers and affection of the people that BJP has already won the city even before the elections.

"We have won the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat after the road show, but now we have to win every booth. I want that women should vote in larger numbers and the voting percent of women should at least increase by 5%," the PM said.

Modi also said in his speech that the Lok Sabha elections were being fought by the people of the country because there was a pro-incumbency wave in the country.