Narendra Modi in Varanasi highlights: Mahamana Express, Jal ambulance, PM brings gifts galore for his LS constituency

Auto Refresh Feeds


Narendra Modi in Varanasi highlights: Mahamana Express, Jal ambulance, PM brings gifts galore for his LS constituency
  • 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. 

  • 11:16 (IST)

    Modi's pitch for building co-operatives 

  • 11:09 (IST)

    Modi's reference to demonetisation 

    In a apparent reference to demonetisation, Modi said that the government is taking pains to fight corruption in India. he added that due to corruption, even people had to bear some pain in the fight against corruption. 

  • 11:06 (IST)

    Modi's 2022 promise​
    "By 2022, every poor, whether in urban or rural area, will get a home. Building crores of homes will generate jobs, income," Modi said. 

  • 11:05 (IST)

    Modi concludes his speech

  • 11:04 (IST)

    Aiming to change lives, says Modi

    "We are aiming at changing the lives of the poor, middle class families. We’re taking up schemes to uplift the middle class, as they are the ones who’ll help the nation progress," says Modi.

  • 11:01 (IST)

    Every Indian will get a new home by 2022, says Modi

    Modi takes potshots at the previous governments, says money meant for the poor never reached them. He adds that the previous UPA government was not interested in making new homes for poor. While promising homes for every Indian by 2022, he adds that it is his government that has prioritised building homes. 

  • 10:55 (IST)

    Clean India, healthy India, says Modi

  • 10:53 (IST)

    Cleanliness is the responsible of every Indian, says Modi

    Arguing that cleanliness must be an integral part of every Indians life, Modi slammed the lethargic attitude towards cleanliness and said that people litter in the open and expect that the government will clean them. 

  • 10:51 (IST)

    Modi repeats his 2022 pledge 

    While reiterating his call for a new India by 2022, Modi said that animal welfare and innovation in agriculture will form a major part of a new India. He added that his government has come up with the idea of soil health card to help farmers. 

  • 10:48 (IST)

    Country bigger than party for me, says Modi

  • 10:45 (IST)

    Country is bigger for me than the party, says Modi

    Taking a potshot at vote bank politics, Modi said, "I am of a different mould. I do not think of vote bank. For me my country is bigger concern than my party."

  • 10:43 (IST)

    Animal welfare fair a boon for poor

    "With animal welfare fair, poor will get an opportunity to look after their milch animals. For farmers, milk from milch animals is the biggest source of income. So this welfare scheme is a boon for them. I congratulate Yogi Adityanath for it," Modi said. 

  • 10:41 (IST)

    Modi overwhelmed by gathering 

    Narendra Modi says that he is overwhelmed by the unexpected large gathering at Shahanshahpur. He added that he won't disappoint them and will work for them. 

  • 10:37 (IST)

    Modi begins his address

  • 10:37 (IST)

    Recap: Modi offered prayers at Tulsi Manas, Durga Kund temples in Varanasi

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday evening visited the famous Tulsi Manas and Durga Kund temples here and offered his prayers. 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.


  • 10:32 (IST)

    Adityanath speaks

    Hailing the Centre for its policies, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday said that his government is interested in developing rural sector of the state. He said that his government is working towards giving a home to every poor man by 2022. 


  • 10:28 (IST)

    Yogi Adityanath praises Modi for inaugurating animal welfare fair

  • 10:22 (IST)

    Prime Minister is set to speak to the gathering 

  • 10:17 (IST)

    Modi also launched a Pashu Aarogya Yojna

  • 10:17 (IST)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi to distribute certificates

    As per his itinerary, Modi will distribute certificates for the beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojna before addressing the gathering, media reports said. 

  • 10:15 (IST)

    Not only launching a cleanliness drive, he also met locals

  • 10:12 (IST)

    Narendra Modi arrives at stage, set to address gathering

    As per protocol, Yogi Adityanath and Ram Naik are already on the dias. Now it is expected that Modi will join them soon, News18 reports

  • 10:09 (IST)

    Narendra Modi kicks off cleanliness drive at Shahanshahpur 

  • 10:05 (IST)

    Updates for 23 September begin

  • 20:20 (IST)

    PM Modi leaves from Durga Kund temple

    The prime minister will now head towards the DLW guest house where he will stay tonight. Tomorrow, he is scheduled to inaugurate 'Pashu Arogya Mela' in Shahanshahpur on the outskirts of the city. He will also address a gathering of farmers there.

  • 19:59 (IST)

    We not only lay foundation but also inaugurate projects: Modi

  • 19:51 (IST)

    The life and ideals of Lord Rama inspire everyone: PM Modi

  • 19:50 (IST)

  • 19:49 (IST)

    Modi reaches Durga Kund temple, offers special prayers on the second day of Navratri

  • 19:46 (IST)

    PM Modi's seven-kilometre long road show cancelled 

    Modi had initially planned to hold a massive roadshow at a seven-kilometre long stretch. However, the programme was cancelled owing to shortage of time and erratic weather conditions. 

  • 19:39 (IST)

  • 19:39 (IST)

    PM Modi lauches Ramayana-themed postal stamps

    Launching the postal stamp based on epic poem Ramayana at the iconic Manas Temple, PM Modi said that he could have launched the stamp from the Prime Minister's residence in New Delhi. However, he wanted to unveil the tribute to Lord Rama's life from the place where saint Tulsidasa himself wrote the Ramayana, the Hindu mythological epic detailing the life and times of Rama. 

  • 19:21 (IST)

    Railway minister Piyush Goyal interacted with people after flagging off Mahamana Express

  • 17:58 (IST)

    Modi to visit Tulsi Manas Temple soon

    Modi will visit the historic Tulsi Manas temple in Varanasi and release a postal stamp on Ramayana. He will later visit the Durga Mata temple in the city.

  • 17:39 (IST)

    My dream is to wipe out poverty from India: Modi

    Modi said that his dream is to wipe out poverty from India and all BJP schemes are made keeping in mind the empowerment of the poor. "These infrastructure projects will give a huge financial push to Uttar Pradesh," he added.

  • 17:30 (IST)

    We want the empowerment of every section of society: Modi

  • 17:29 (IST)

    India is moving forward at great speeds: Modi

    Modi said that India is moving forward at great speeds and it is changing rapidly. The government's aim is to change Uttar Pradesh, change India, he added.

    He further said that he is hopeful that the development projects will not just help Uttar Pradesh financially but also socially.

  • 17:26 (IST)

    The solution to every problem lies in development: Modi

  • 17:24 (IST)

    We are trying to change the lives of the poor: Modi

  • 17:23 (IST)

    My government's dream is the same as a poor's dream for his children: Modi

    While addressing the crowd, Modi said that no poor person wants his children to have the same poor life. No one wants their future generations to inherit poverty and therefore, my government's dream is the same as a poor's dream for his children.

    We want the poor to have the strength and courage to stand on their feet and Utkarsh bank is a step in that direction.

Prime Minister Narenda Modi will be on a two-day visit to his parliamentary constituency of Varanasi starting Friday. During the visit, the prime minister will inaugurate several projects covering sectors like infrastructure railways, financial inclusion and sanitation.

 Narendra Modi in Varanasi highlights: Mahamana Express, Jal ambulance, PM brings gifts galore for his LS constituency

File image of Narendra Modi. PTI

Modi would be dedicating Deendayal Hastkala Sankul, a trade facilitation centre for handicrafts, in Bada-Lalpur near Varanasi. The prime minister will also launch other projects including Utkarsh Bank which specialises in micro-finance, 'Jal Ambulance' (water ambulance) service and 'Jal Shav Vahan' (water-based vehicle for carrying bodies) service.

In the evening, Modi will be visiting the historic Tulsi Manas Temple in Varanasi, where he will also be releasing a postal stamp on Ramayana. He plans to visit the Durga Mata Temple in the city later on Friday.

The biggest highlight of the day will be the Mahamana Express, which will be flagged off by Modi. The train will connect Varanasi to Vadodara and Surat in Gujarat.

Modi's second day in Varanasi

On Saturday, Modi will not only be inaugurating several development projects but also address several gatherings, where he will speak with farmers and weavers and interact with Muslim women. The prime minister will briefly participate in a sanitation-related activity in a village of Shahanshahpur, where he will be distributing certificates to beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Rural and Urban) before addressing the gathering.

Modi will inaugurate nearly 17 infrastructure projects including the Ramnagar-Samne Ghat bridge and the Balua Gha bridge, and lay the foundation of nearly six project including Ramna Sewage Treatment Plant (STP), said Bhardwaj.

The prime minister will dedicate to the nation a community kitchen ('Annakshetra') near the famous Kash Vishwanath temple, Varanasi Divisional Commissioner Niti Ramesh Gokarn said. Modi will also inaugurate 'Pashu Arogya Mela' in Shahanshahpur on the outskirts of the city and address a gathering of farmers.

Modi will also distribute loan waiver certificates to some farmers, whose loans have been waived by the BJP-led Utta Pradesh government.

In a major outreach initiative, Modi will also interact with a gathering of nearly 700 Muslim women at the DLW auditorium, Bhardwaj said.The prime minister will also felicitate some madrassa students, he said.

In the evening, Modi is likely to visit the famous Assi Ghat and participate in a 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' programme.

Your guide to the latest cricket World Cup stories, analysis, reports, opinions, live updates and scores on Follow us on Twitter and Instagram or like our Facebook page for updates throughout the ongoing event in England and Wales.

Updated Date: Sep 23, 2017 12:30:22 IST