PM Narendra Modi in Uttar Pradesh: As it happened

After flagging off the Mahamana Superfast Express which will run from Varanasi to New Delhi, PM Modi on Friday arrived in Lucknow where he addressed the convocation ceremony of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar University. PM Modi will also address Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Mahasabha in Lucknow later today. In Varanasi, he attended the distribution of e-rickshaws to differently-abled people and interacted with some of them.

By Ritesh K Srivastava | Last Updated: Friday, January 22, 2016 - 18:41
PM Narendra Modi flagged off Mahamana Superfast Express at Varanasi today / Pic Courtesy: PIB

New Delhi: After flagging off the Mahamana Superfast Express which will run from Varanasi to New Delhi, PM Narendra Modi on Friday arrived in Lucknow where he addressed the convocation ceremony of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar University. PM Modi will also address Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Mahasabha in Lucknow later today. In Varanasi, he attended the distribution of e-rickshaws to differently-abled people and interacted with some of them.

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22 January 2016, 16:12 PM

PM Modi earlier unveiled Students' Activity Centre at Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow.


22 January 2016, 16:05 PM

PM Modi concludes his speech.

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22 January 2016, 15:56 PM

It was saddening to know that a youth of my country was compelled to commit suicide, says an emotional PM Modi.

Reasons and politics aside, when I came to know that Rohith ended his life, I was hurt: PM

22 January 2016, 15:53 PM

Mother India has lost her son and I feel that pain: PM

A mother has lost her son, there cannot be a bigger grief: PM

PM Modi also refers to Hyderabad University Dalit research scholar Rohit Vemula's suicide case.

22 January 2016, 15:47 PM

We must learn from our failures. Mostly people who are successful, know how to use their failures in their pursuit of success: PM.

Failures are a part of life. But one shouldn't be afraid of failures as they only work as fertilizers in achieving success: PM.

Doing something, having intention of doing something and completely devoting yourself to achieve that something is difficult: PM.

Whatever you achieve today is due to contribution of lot of people in society who knowingly or unknowingly helped you: PM

Sources of information are many but what's essential is to pick out relevant portions that one requires: PM.

22 January 2016, 15:42 PM

Dr Ambedkar lived and died for the nation: PM.

Ambedkar did not live for himself, he dedicated his life to the nation for the welfare of marginalised communities: PM

Ambedkar proved himself amidst criticism and insults. He didn't let his commitment to nation die: PM

22 January 2016, 15:40 PM

If you look at Dr. Ambedkar's life, you will find that he had to face all kinds of criticism, insults: PM.

PM hails Dr Ambedkar as a 'great visionary.'

22 January 2016, 15:30 PM

PM Modi addresses convocation ceremony of the Dr Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University in Lucknow.

PM Modi's speech interrupted after some students chanted slogan 'Narendra Modi Murdabad', they were later escorted out, reports ANI.

PM being welcomed by UP Governor Ram Naik, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on his arrival at Lucknow airport.


PM Modi arrives in Lucknow.

22 January 2016, 13:40 PM

Mahamana Exp is studded with special features – know more.


22 January 2016, 13:30 PM

A frontal view of the Mahamana Express.


22 January 2016, 13:27 PM

Glimpses of interior of Mahamana Express which was flagged off today by PM Modi.


22 January 2016, 13:24 PM

Ministry of Railways tweets more pictures of Mahamana Express, which was flagged off by PM Modi in Varanasi.


22 January 2016, 13:06 PM

In this PIB tweet, PM is shown distributing aids and electronic devices to 'divyang' children at Varanasi.


22 January 2016, 13:04 PM

PIB tweets pictures of PM Modi's interaction with divyang persons.


22 January 2016, 13:02 PM

PM Modi concludes his speech.

22 January 2016, 12:49 PM

We will do everything possible, where rules and systems have to be changed, we will change them: PM

While people are sympathetic, things are lacking when it comes to facilities be it in trains, buses etc: PM.

I recall so many touching experiences when I was CM, when I interacted with the 'divyang' sisters and brothers: PM.

As a society, we have to ensure that together we have to care for all those who are 'divyang': PM.

I met a 'divyang' child called Rahul here. I was amazed at how he operated the computer: PM

Let us not think about what is lacking in a person, let us see what is the extra ordinary quality a person is blessed with: PM

22 January 2016, 12:43 PM

Political rivals want to see me in getting into some controversy, but my focus is to solve your problems: PM.

I know that benefits of many schemes don't reach desired people because of middlemen, these camps eliminate roles of such people: PM

The result of such camps is that middlemen will get eliminated. And with middlemen getting eliminated, some people are getting worried: PM

22 January 2016, 12:42 PM

Sometimes government schemes are misused. The camp for people with disabilities will ensure it doesn't happen: PM

I want to replace the term 'viklang' with 'divyang': Modi.

22 January 2016, 12:35 PM

Our utmost concern is to take the benefits of development to the poor and needy of India: PM

I said on day 1 that our government will always be there for the poor, for those who've faced struggles in life: PM

We are constantly thinking about how development will reach the poor and how their lives will be transformed: PM

This is not first time that such a camp has been organised here. In fact 1800 such camps have already been organised: PM

22 January 2016, 12:33 PM

PM also talks about Lord Loomba and his wife who have done a lot of work for widows and to ensure that they can lead a good life.

22 January 2016, 12:29 PM

I thank PM Shinzo Abe for the kind words of praise he used for Kashi and on the Ganga: Modi.

In his speech, PM Abe spoke about Kashi, Maa Ganga and his thoughts during the Aarti.

Japan's PM visited Varanasi some time back. I felt proud when I heard he spoke about it in detail at an event in Japan recently: PM

Some 'Divyang' sisters and brothers were to join us but their bus had an accident. My govt. will make arrangements for their treatment: PM.

22 January 2016, 12:25 PM

PM is addressing at ADIP Distribution Camp in Varanasi.

22 January 2016, 12:23 PM

Prime Minister Modi also gifts electronic aids to differently-abled people in Varanasi

PM Narendra Modi flags off Mahamana Express train in Varanasi.


22 January 2016, 11:34 AM

PM Modi has arrived in Varanasi, will flag off Mahamana Superfast Express in a short while from now.

22 January 2016, 11:26 AM

Through a series of tweets, the PM's Office today confirmed that Modi will be in Varanasi today and would also visit Lucknow.


22 January 2016, 09:58 AM

Besides flagging-off the Mahamana Superfast Express, PM will also address 6th convocation ceremony of Dr Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University in Lucknow.

22 January 2016, 09:47 AM

Those injured were supposed to meet PM Modi today.

At least 22 people have been injured in the incident.

A bus carrying differently-abled people rammed into a pole near Varanasi.

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22 January 2016, 09:44 AM

More than 350 buses of UP Roadways have been engaged to collect the beneficiaries from their doorsteps to attend the ceremony.

22 January 2016, 09:42 AM

PM Modi is expected to talk to five differently-abled children who have recently gone through cochlear implant surgeries.

The Prime Minister will also personally hand over the artificial limbs, tricycles and other equipment to some of the beneficiaries.

During his Varanasi visit, the PM will also distribute aids to over nine thousand differently-abled people.

22 January 2016, 09:41 AM

The train will cover the 800 km distance in less than 14 hours.

The train also has new renovated and refurbished AC-coaches fitted with led screen.

The train is fully equipped with the modern facilities with dustbins and bio-toilets in every coach.

Also Read: Mahamana Superfast Express: Know more about the train



22 January 2016, 09:37 AM

It will run between Varanasi and Delhi via Lucknow thrice a week.

Upon his arrival in Varanasi, PM Modi will flag off Mahamana Superfast Express, which has been named after Mahamana Madan Mohan Malviya - the founder of the Banaras Hindu University.

22 January 2016, 09:34 AM

This is Prime Minister Modi's fifth visit to his constituency after assuming office in May, 2014.

PM Modi is scheduled to visit Varanasi today.