Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to begin his two-day visit to Varanasi today. On agenda during his thanksgiving visit are the launch of 17 infrastructure projects, flagging off the Mahamana Express between Varanasi and Gujarat’s industrial hub Surat and Vadodara and offering prayers at the Tulsi Manas Temple and Durga Temple in Durgakund. He will begin his visit with the opening of the second phase of a trade facilitation centre for weavers and handicraft workers in Bada-Lalpur, called Deendayal Hastkala Sankul after RSS ideologue Deendayal Upadhyaya. PM Modi will then inaugurate nearly 17 infrastructure projects, including the Ramnagar-Samne Ghat bridge and the Balua Ghat bridge, and lay the foundation of nearly six projects including Ramna Sewage Treatment Plant to help keep the Ganga clean. Banking services of the Utkarsh Bank that specialises in micro finance will also be inaugurated by the Prime Minister. He will also unveil a plaque to mark the laying of foundation stone of the bank’s headquarters.
This is Modi’s first visit to his Lok Sabha constituency since the mammoth win by the Bharatiya Janata Party in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. The Prime Minister had camped in this holy city for three days in the run up to the UP elections, something that was seen as making a big difference to the saffron party’s tally. The BJP eventually won 312 of 403 Assembly seats, the biggest win by a party since the 1977 elections.