Narendra Modi in Varanasi Day 2 LIVE: PM slams vote bank politics, says India is above party for him

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Narendra Modi in Varanasi Day 2 LIVE: PM slams vote bank politics, says India is above party for him
  • 12:30 (IST)

    Toilets are now Izzatghar, says Modi 

    Praising villagers, where he went for laying foundation of a toilet for naming it as "Izzatghar", Modi said, "I liked this word so much. Where there is Izzatghar, there is honour of our mothers and sisters. I also congratulate the state government for recognising it as Izzatghar. In the days to come those who are concerned about their honour, will construct Izzatghar."

  • 12:12 (IST)

    Modi targets Samajwadi Party 

    Modi also targetted the erstwhile Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh for not providing to the Centre the list of homeless requiring houses in the state.
    "The previous government had no interest in giving homes to the poor. After mounting pressure, they gave a list of only 10,000. But the current (Yogi Adityanath) government has given a list of lakhs of people to avail benefit," Modi said.

  • 12:10 (IST)

    Modi invokes Mahatma Gandhi for Swacch Bharat

  • 11:59 (IST)

    Modi says his government waged war against black money

    He said his government had "waged a war" against black money and corruption, for which the poor has had to suffer because of "the loot" by the dishonest.

    "Our (BJP) politics is not for votes, our culture is different. In politics, people do only that task which yields votes, but our character is different. Some politicians work only when it fetches them votes. But we have been brought up in a different culture. ... For us, the nation is above all and it is our top most priority, not votes," Modi said.

  • 11:53 (IST)

    Sanitation is a kind of worship for me, says Modi

    Addressing a public gathering on the second day of his Varanasi visit, he said it was his good fortune to lay the foundation stone of a public toilet in Shahanshahpur village of his Lok Sabha constituency.

    "That is because sanitation is also a kind of worship for me. It will rid the poor of my country of various diseases and the economic burden due to those diseases that result from dirty surroundings," Modi said.

  • 11:51 (IST)

    Modi's strong pitch for New India

    "In the coming five years, we have to be committed towards that resolution. If 125 crore people take one resolution each and live up to it, then the nation would move 125 crore steps forward in the next five years," the prime minister said. Modi added the government's resolution was to double the farmer's income and ensure even the poorest of the poor have a home to live in by 2022.


  • 11:46 (IST)

    Our governance is beyond vote bank politics​

    "Our politics is not for votes, our culture is different as for us country is bigger than party, PM Narendra Modi. Our priority not to get votes. Animals will not go to cast ballots," said Modi.



  • 11:41 (IST)

    Recap: Narendra Modi visited the Durga Mata temple in Varanasi

  • 11:33 (IST)

    Recap: Modi's first visit after UP win 

    Narendra Modi's two-day visit is his first since the BJP won the 2017 Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. 

  • 11:24 (IST)

    Billionaire Sajjan Jindal becomes first businessman to 'adopt' ghat in Kashi

    The Times of India report says that steel magnate Sajjan Jindal has adopted the Harishchandra ghat in Varanasi as part of Narendra Modi:s Swacch Bharat Abhiyan. "The Centre has cleared a multi-crore renovation project by the magnate's firm, Jindal Steel Works (JSW), to repair, clean and restore the ghat, a site on the bank of the Ganga frequently visited for Hindu funeral rites,"  the report notes. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will continue on his Varanasi tour for the second day on Saturday. On Friday evening, Modi visited the famous Tulsi Manas and Durga Kund temples in Varanasi and offered his prayers.

 Narendra Modi in Varanasi Day 2 LIVE: PM slams vote bank politics, says India is above party for him

File image of Prime minister Narendra Modi. AFP

Accompanied by Uttar Pradesh governor Ram Naik and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Modi sought to know detailed information about the Manas temple, which was inaugurated by then President Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan in 1964.

The temple draws thousands of devotees every year. Behind a stone named 'Manas', there are five books kept with Ram-Ram written on it by people. The Prime Minister, a staunch devotee of Goddess Durga and who is on a nine-day Navratri fast, also offered prayers at the ancient Durga Kund temple.

Modi was informed by its priests of the temple that it was built by King Sudarshan and was renovated in the 17th century by Queen Bhawani.

Earlier in the day, soon after arriving in the temple town, also his parliamentary constituency, Modi inaugurated 17 projects and laid foundation stones of six others.

He will see the famous 'Subh-e-Benaras' on Saturday morning and has some other events to attend before he flies back to the national capital around noon. For the night he is staying at the DLW guest house.

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Updated Date: Sep 23, 2017 19:02:01 IST


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