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'In last 10 years, Varanasi has made me Banarasi,' says PM Modi as he visits Lok Sabha seat ahead of polls

The Prime Minister arrived in Varanasi late on Thursday evening after spending a packed day in Gujarat. He will be launching projects worth Rs 13,000 crore in his parliamentary constituency.

Hritika Mitra Edited By: Hritika Mitra @MitraHritika Varanasi Updated on: February 23, 2024 15:18 IST
PM Modi addresses students, faculty at BHU, Varanasi
Image Source : @NARENDRAMODI PM Modi addresses students, faculty at BHU, Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the public in Varanasi on Friday after commemorating the 647th birth anniversary of Sant Guru Ravidas. He also performed a 'pooja' and had a 'darshan' at the Sant Guru Ravidas Janmasthali. PM Modi was accompanied by Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath at the event. While addressing the public, he said, "Ravidas ji calls me to his janmabhoomi again and again. I receive the opportunity to take forward his resolutions and the opportunity to serve lakhs of his followers. On Guru's 'janmteerth', serving all of his followers is nothing short of a fortune for me."

He further said, As the MP, the public representative of Varanasi, it is my special responsibility to welcome you all to Varanasi and take speacial care of your facilities - this is my duty. I am happy that I have received the opportunity to fulfill my duty on this holy day. For the development of Varanasi, launching and foundation laying of development projects of hundreds of crores of Rupees is going to take place. This will make the journey of devotees here, easier."

PM Modi distributes prizes at BHU, Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the students after the Sansad Sanskrit Pratiyogita prize distribution at Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi on Friday. Hailing the contribution of the youth, he said, "The Kashi which is called more ancient than the time itself, its identity is being empowered by the young generation responsibly. This scene satisfies my heart, makes me feel proud and also gives the confidence that the youth will take the country to new heights on Amrit Kaal."

He also said, "In the last 10 years, the development works that have been done in Kashi...the development journey it has undertaken in last 10 years, have all been mentioned in the coffee table book." He further said, "Kashi is now being seen as a model of heritage and development," he said at the Banaras Hindu University. The echo of India's rich heritage, he told the gathering, is being heard all over the world.

PM Modi gets rousing welcome

PM Modi received a rousing welcome from the residents of Varanasi upon his arrival.  A number of people gathered on sides of the streets through which the Prime Minister’s convoy passed. They showered flower petals. 

"Upon landing in Kashi, inspected the Shivpur-Phulwaria-Lahartara Marg. This project was inaugurated recently and has been greatly helpful to people in the southern part of the city," the prime minister said in a post on X late on Thursday night. An official statement said that in the afternoon, the PM will attend a public function where he will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone for multiple development projects worth more than Rs 13,000 crore in Varanasi, his parliamentary constituency.

Projects to be launched by PM

He will also launch a number of development projects worth Rs 13,000 crore in Varanasi. To further enhance Varanasi's road connectivity, Modi will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of multiple road projects, including the four-laning of the Ghargra-Bridge-Varanasi section of National Highway 233 and the four-laning of the Sultanpur-Varanasi section of National Highway 56. To provide impetus to industrial development in the region, he will also inaugurate an HPCL LPG bottling plant in Sewapuri, Banas Kashi Sankul milk processing unit at UPSIDA Agro Park Karkhiyaon, various infrastructure work at the UPSIDA Agro Park, Karkhiyaon, and silk fabric printing common facility centre for weavers.

For the famous textiles sector of Varanasi, Modi will lay the foundation stone of a National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) in Varanasi. It will strengthen the education and training infrastructure of the sector, the statement said. Augmenting the health infrastructure in Varanasi, the prime minister will lay the foundation stone of a new medical college. He will also lay the foundation stone of the National Centre of Ageing at Banaras Hindu University.

The prime minister will also inaugurate the Sigra Sports Stadium Phase-1 and District Rifle Shooting Range. At the Sant Guru Ravidas Janmasthali temple at Seer Govardhanpur near the Banaras Hindu University, the prime minister will inaugurate a newly-installed statue of Sant Ravidas in the adjoining Ravidas Park. He will inaugurate various development works around Sant Ravidas Janmasthali, worth about Rs 32 crore, and lay the foundation stone for Sant Ravidas Museum and beautification of the park, worth about Rs 62 crore, the statement said.

(With Inputs from PTI)

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