After being the Prime Minister,Narendra Modi made his maiden visit to his Lok Sabha Constituency Varanasi on a two-day visit, beginning Friday.
As part of developing and promoting handloom products of Varanasi, Modi reached Bada Lalpur and laid foundation stone of the Trade Facilitation Centre and Crafts Museum today. It was declared during the first general budget presented by his government in June 2014, which aims at the uplift of the weavers of Varanasi.
While addressing the weavers, Union Textiles Minister Santosh Gangwar said that the presence of the PM is very encouraging. He has also mentioned that Modi is turning his promises into reality.
Addressing the gathering, Modi said Varanasi has a special place in his heart. Depicting himself as a servant, Modi said, “I am in Varanasi as your servant. I will be with you in times of happiness and sadness.”
While speaking about weavers and handloom products, Modi said, “There is no woman, no matter how poor or illiterate, across India who has not heard of Banarasi saree. There is not even a single mother who does not dream of gifting her daughter a Banarasi saree on her wedding.”
Modi mentioned that he has many plans for the development of Varanasi, telling he would talk less about them whereas he will try to implement more.
Modi is also likely to inaugurate a powerloom centre as well as a skill development centre based on the Public Private Partnership model, as per reports. Modi’s arrival, which is expected to have discussions on plans for development in Varanasi, paves way for hope to people.
Meanwhile, Modi is expected to adopt a village under his ‘Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana’ (MPs’ Model Village Scheme). Modi is scheduled to visit Jayapur village, where he may likely declare the adoption village under the scheme.
Arrived at Babatpur airport, 20 km from Varanasi, Modi was received by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, state Governor Ram Naik, and senior officials at the airport.
According to reports, Inspector General of Police (Public Grievances) Ashok Jain said that 12 SP rank police officials of Uttar Pradesh, 18 Additional SPs, 20 Deputy SPs, 135 sub-inspectors, besides more than 1000 personnel of the Provincial Armed Constabulary have been deployed regarding to Modi’s visit to the place.
Media in charge of Modi’s constituency Sanjay Bhardwaj said Modi is scheduled to attend in several programmes during his visit to his temple town.
However, according to reports, an inauguration, which was scheduled on a trauma centre at BHU by the PM has been postponed at the request of the University administration as the works of the centre is not yet completed. Director of IMS-BHU, Rana Gopal Singh reportedly said, “The centre is not fully ready. It will be inaugurated during another visit of PM when it becomes fully functional.”
Meanwhile, Modi is also expected to visit the ashram of Mata Anandmayi.