PM Narendra Modi in Varanasi: As it happened

It's my first opportunity to meet BJP workers after the Lok Sabha polls, it is your hard work that I've got chance to become public representative: Modi

PM Narendra Modi in Varanasi: As it happened
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5: 45 pm: The Prime Minister, who visited his constituency and addressed the party booth worker for the first time after the General Elections result in May earlier this year, concluded his speech with 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai'.

5:40 pm: Now PM Modi touches on his pet project, 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan', and says that cleanliness is the responsibility people, we must change our mindset. This is our 'Mother India' we must do our duty to keep it clean.

5: 36 pm: PM Modi while reiterating his commitment towards the development of the poor once again says that his government is dedicated to the poor. All our schemes are linked with the welfare of the poor, the prime minister says.

5: 31 pm: Continuing on the Jan Dhan Yojna scheme, Modi says the honesty of poor of nation was such that they opened up their bank accounts with just Rs 5-10, even when they could open it with zero balance.

5: 29 pm: Talking about the much-praised Jan Dhan Yojya, we launched the scheme which benefited crores of poor people across the country. After the scheme was launched 1 crore bank accounts open every week. Jan Dhan Yojana was created so that the money used in banks could be used for the welfare of the poor, PM Modi says.

5:25 pm: Now that the BJP is at the Centre, all the pensioners who were getting mere Rs 300-500 monthly pension will now be getting nothing less than Rs 1000.

5:22 pm: Today the world look at us with respect, the clear verdict in the Lok Sabha polls has improved our government's standing in the eyes of the world, Modi says.

5:20 pm: It's my first opportunity to meet BJP workers after the Lok Sabha polls, it is your hard work that I've got chance to become public representative: Modi

5:15 pm: Today you are praising me, if it hadn't been your efforts we would never have seen these happy days, PM says addressing BJP booth workers in his constituency.

4:55 pm: The Prime Minister to address BJP booth-level workers 'Sammelan' shortly. 

4:05 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at his parliamentary office in Varanasi.

12:46 pm: PM Modi concludes speech. 

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12:45 pm: I assure you that together we will develop a new Jayapur, says the PM.

12:44 pm: I assure you that from now on, there will not be shortage of water: PM Modi in Jayapur 

12:42 pm: It is important to implement Centre's 'Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana' project properly, says the PM. 

12:40 pm: Our villagers need to give up the notion that it is the government that is the doer and they are only beneficiaries. The Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana is an effort in that direction. It aims to empower villagers and provide them with opportunities to exercise these choices. Rural development will take place not with the help of money but through the power of the people: PM Modi

12:39 pm: Plant five trees when a girl is born. At the time of her marriage 20 years later, you can sell five trees and use money to prepare for the event: PM

12:37 pm: If we kill girl child in the mother's womb, what will happen to the world. If only 800 girls are born against 1000 boys, then 200 boys will remain unmarried. Will government do this job?: PM

12:36 pm: PM rakes up female foeticide issue, says Jayapur village should celebrate the birth of a baby girl. Some families get worried when a girl is born.

12:33 pm: I do not talk big, I was not born like that that. I say small things and do big things, says the PM, while pointing out that if only tall pronouncements by earlier governments had borne fruits, this village would not have in the poor state it is now.

12:30 pm: ​Referring to a recent report which found that 40 percent of children died young in a neighbouring country as they did not wash their hands before eating, the PM urges villagers to take a pledge that no child will eat without washing hands in our village. Do we need any government to do this? asks PM

12:27 pm: Those who have left the village for studies or jobs, must come back to celebrate the birthday of their village: PM Modi

12:25 pm: People think that if Modi ji is coming to the village, it will be clean. Can't we work for cleanliness of our village on our own? People should not depend on 'Adarsh Gram Yojana' for development of their villages, rather they should take the initiative: PM

12:22 pm: One can go anywhere being MP, CM or PM. But, the knowledge we can gain from our villages is unparalleled, says the PM. I met a lot of officers, asked them to go back to their villages and see if there was any change or development there. Urging the young generation to be "more attached to villages", the PM adds: "...the young generation lacks that connection."

12:20 pm: For 60 years after we attained Independence, we believed that things will happen automatically. Then we thought governments aren't doing anything, therefore a lot of rift has been created between society and the government, notes the PM.

12:19 pm: I can't understand problems of a village by sitting with babus, I need the experience of our villagers. The elders of Jayapur should apprise their MP of how to develop the village: PM

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12:18 pm: I have not adopted Jayapur, I have come with a request for you to adopt me, says the PM.

12:17 pm: Under the `Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana' scheme, it is not the MP who will not adopt a village but vice versa: PM 

12:16 am: Jo sankat ke samay sambandh bante hain, wo rishte chiranjeev hote hain (The bonds forged during testing times are everlasting). Jayapur took special place in my heart long time ago. All other tales being told are false. I myself did not know about them: PM 

12:15 am: Jayapur village was the first village in Varanasi constituency whose name I heard of after BJP announced my candidature for the seat for Lok Sabha elections. Five people had died in a fire incident here.

12:14 pm: I have been reading such imaginary stories about why have I chosen Jayapur village for adoption. I am amazed to know how "fertile" brain some people have. 

12:13 am: The Indian government has decided to make MPs adopt a village under a scheme.

12:12 pm: The Prime Minister begins addressing the gathering.

12:06 pm: The PM is interacting with village elders and village head Durga Devi.

12:04 pm: The Prime Minister is being felicitated in Jayapur village​.

11:58 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Jayapur village in his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi. The PM will adopt the village under the MPs' adopt-a-village scheme.

11:29 am: The PM concludes his speech. 

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11:28 am: I am here today and tomorrow. I will meet a lot of people and talk to them. I am grateful to you for choosing me as your representative. I will always be at your service and develop this region with all my heart and soul, says the PM. 

11:27 am: We had sought land from the Uttar Pradesh government closer to the city, but that did not materialise, says Modi. He adds that the Trade Facilitation Centre and the Crafts Museum would exist as a place where weavers, craftsmen come together and put up their items on display. "Our artisans will be provided training here, near their own city, in modern designing methods, marketing strategies and all the skills that may be necessary for them to remain competitive and responsive to the requirements of a modern consumer."

11:26 am: Eastern Uttar Pradesh needs rapid development. The government will revive ailing banks, says the PM. Taking on the Akhilesh Yadav-led UP government, the PM says: "We should rise above politics and help in financial growth of the region." 

11:25 am: We have decided to offer a package of Rs 2375 crore. The amount would be used to revive defunct banks in 16 districts: PM

11:24 am: Our `Mother India` will be strong only if both western as well as eastern India are strengthened and make progress. It is for this reason I came to this glorious city of eastern UP and our intention is to economically revitalise the entire eastern region which includes states like Jharkhand, Bihar, Orissa and Assam: PM

11:22 am: I have a number of plans for the development of Varanasi, but will talk less about them. I will try to implement your suggestions, adds Modi.

11:21 am: Varanasi carries many legacies. 

11:19 am: We need to modify ourselves according to global needs, says the PM. 

11:17 am: The PM recalls a visit to Boston about a couple of decades ago and says: "I was taken to a narrow street which, my hosts said, was called Benares street. When I asked why, they said it was inhabited by top intellectuals of that American city renowned for its academic achievements. They told me that for them, Benares signified enlightenment and hence the sobriquet".

11:15 am: Addressing weavers, the PM says they have an assured market. Your design, your work, your service - this is a great legacy. I want younger generation to take up weaving with pride. Every household is a market for Banarasi saree. e-business is increasing. There are opportunities in the global market, says Modi. 

11:14 am: There is not even a single mother who does not dream of gifting her daughter a Banarasi saree on her wedding. 

11:13 am: 20 crore girls will get married in the next few years, which means that many Banarasi sarees will be in demand. There is no woman, no matter how poor or illiterate, across India who has not heard of Banarasi saree.

11:12 am: Money alone won't  help weavers, vision will, says the PM. 

11:07 am: Weavers represent the Ganga-Jamuni tradition: PM Modi

11:06 am: Textile sector gives employment to poorest of the poor. All sections of society are integrated in this sector. Those who invest their capital and those who work with their hands, function together like a family, notes the PM. 

11:05 am: Textile is the second largest job generating sector of the country after agriculture: PM

11:04 am: I had planned to visit Varanasi earlier, but had to postpone it due to cyclone that hit Andhra Pradesh. 

11:03 am: I am in Varanasi as your servant. I will be with you in times of happiness and sadness, says PM Narendra Modi.

11:02 am: Varanasi has a very special place in my heart. I have come here to meet my own people. The joy is different, says the PM.

11:01 am: Slogans like Har Har Modi, Narendra Modi Zindabad, Bharat Mata ki Jai, Vande Mataram fill the air.

11:00 am: The PM begins addressing the gathering at the occasion.

10:50 am: The PM is turning into reality everything that he talked about before the elections, says Gangwar.

10:48 am: Union Textiles Minister Santosh Gangwar addresses weavers, says the presence of the PM is very encouraging. 

10:45 am: The PM lays the foundation of a Powerloom service centre and a crafts museum, which too will be part of the trade facilitation centre. 

10:42 am: Modi sees a model of the proposed centre, suggests some changes to Minister of State for Textiles Santosh Gangwar.

10:40 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi lays foundation stone of the Rs 200 crore Trade Facilitation Centre, spread over eight acres. The Centre will offer facilities from availability of raw material to sale and export facilities for the final product.​ 

10:35 am: In Bada Lalpur, the Prrime Minister goes around a handicrafts exhibition where pottery, wooden toys, paintings, Banarasi saree, meenakari and carpets are at display.

10:29 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Bada Lalpur in an air force chopper to lay foundation stone of the Trade Facilitation Centre and Crafts Museum to develop and promote handloom products of Varanasi. 

10:11 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaches his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi.

10:04 am: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, state Governor Ram Naik, and senior officials receive the PM at the airport.

10:00 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Babatpur airport, 20 km from Varanasi.

8:15 am: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Union Textiles Minister Santosh Gangwar will welcome the Prime Minister, who is scheduled to arrive here at 9:35 am.

8:00 am: The PM will stay overnight at a guest house.

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7:58 am: Modi will take part in several programmes during his visit to the temple town. 

7:57 am: He will visit Jayapur village and address people there and may even announce its adoption under the MP Model Village Scheme, said Sanjay Bhardwaj, media incharge of Modi's constituency as well as Poorvanchal (Eastern UP) region.

7:55 am: During the day, the PM will lay the foundation stone of a trade facilitation centre for weavers and also adopt a village under his "Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana" (MPs' model village scheme).

7:54 am: As far as security is concerned, 12 SP rank police officials of Uttar Pradesh, 18 Additional SPs, 20 Deputy SPs, 135 sub-inspectors, besides more than 1,000 personnel of the Provincial Armed Constabulary have been deployed.

7:52 am: Preparations are in full swing and tight security is in place in the ancient temple town where Modi is expected to firm up plans for Varanasi's development.

7:50 am: In his first visit after assuming charge, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Friday visit his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi.

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