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PM Modi files nomination papers in India's general election

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has filed nomination papers in the Hindu holy city of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh state, hoping to hold onto the seat for a second time in India's general election.

Modi was flanked Friday by Amit Shah, president of his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janta Party, and several state chief ministers.

Modi arrived at the local lection office after offering prayers at a local temple. As his car passed, people shouted slogans such as "Har Har Modi, or, Hail Modi!

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves to the crowd during a political campaign road show in Varanasi, India, Thursday, April 25, 2019. The ongoing general election is seen as a referendum on Modi's five-year rule. He has adopted a nationalist pitch in trying to win votes from the country's Hindu majority by projecting a tough stance against Pakistan, India's Muslim-majority neighbor and archrival. (AP PhotoRajesh Kumar Singh)

Voting in three of the seven phases of the election have finished. Voting concludes on May 19 and counting is scheduled for May 23.

Varanasi goes to polls on May 19.

The election is seen as a referendum on Modi and his party.