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PM Modi begins two-day Uttar Pradesh tour today, Purvanchal e-way and rallies on cards

During his two-day tour in UP, PM Modi will inaugurate development projects and address rallies in Varanasi, Azamgarh and Mirzapur.

india Updated: Jul 14, 2018 13:35 IST
HT Correspondent
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Prime Minster Narendra Modi addressing gathering in Punjab. PM Modi will begin his two-day Uttar Pradesh tour on Saturday. (Sanjeev Kumar/HT Photo )

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will gift development projects worth about Rs 28,000 crore, including Purvanchal Expressway, to east UP during his two-day visit to the region beginning Saturday.

The PM will land in Varanasi in the morning and fly to Azamgarh to address a rally after lay the foundation of Purvanchal Expressway which, according to officials in UP Expressway Development Authority, will come up at an estimated cost of over Rs 23,349 crore.

During the tour, the PM will visit Varanasi, Mirzapur and Azamgarh districts of east UP.

According to BJP leaders, the PM’s Varanasi visit will mark the beginning of his whirlwind tour to Uttar Pradesh. The PM will touch all 80 parliamentary constituencies by October to highlight his government’s achievements and welfare schemes ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath had on Tuesday said in Azamgarh that the PM would lay the foundation of Purvanchal Expressway on July 14.

The PM will address a rally in Azamgarh parliamentary constituency, represented by Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Workers of Azamgarh district unit of the Samajwadi Party had on Thursday staged a demonstration against the PM’s proposed programme to lay the foundation of the expressway.

General secretary of SP’s Azamgarh district unit Balram Yadav said: “SP national president and the then chief minister Akhilesh Yadav had laid the foundation of Samajwadi Expressway in December 2016. The Modi government is once again laying the foundation of the expressway after changing its name.”

A BJP leader, who did not wish to be named, said the party workers had been instructed to ensure that anyone wearing black hat, stole or shirt did not get entry to the rally.

“The decision has been taken in view of the reports that opposition party workers are likely to show black flags to the PM,” he said.

“Flying back to Kachnar area of Varanasi, Modi will inaugurate development projects worth Rs 500 crore and lay the foundation of schemes worth Rs 500 crore in his parliamentary constituency. He will also address a rally in Varanasi,” UP BJP vice-president Laxman Acharya said.

This is the Prime Minister’s 13th visit to his constituency.

He will stay at DLW guest house where he will hold a dialogue with 200 prominent citizens, including classical artistes, doctors, professors, litterateurs and others. He is likely to go on an inspection drive late on Saturday night.

On Sunday, the PM will interact with BJP workers of Varanasi.

After holding the meeting with party workers, Modi will fly to Mirzapur where he will address a rally in Chandaipur area of the district.

Prior to this, he will inaugurate the Bandsagar project completed at an estimated cost of Rs 3,500 crore and five wellness centres. He will also lay the foundation of widening of NH 76E worth Rs 218 crore and three wellness centres in the city.

According to officials, the estimated cost of project was around Rs 3,200 crore when its foundation was laid.

Ahead of Modi’s visit, intersections were decorated and BJP workers carried out a special cleanliness drive. Historic Rajghat Bridge was also illuminated with decorative lights.

Security has been beefed up across the city and at Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport.

“Drone cameras will be used to keep a strict vigil at the rally venue. Policemen have been deployed in plain clothes from Varanasi airport to Kachnar to ensure foolproof security,” senior superintendent of police (SSP) Anand Kulkarni said.

He added that police force from other districts had already arrived.

Anti-mine squads are carrying out random checking while intelligence units have been asked to keep a tight vigil, he said.

A dog squad, a bomb disposal squad, police and PAC team have been deployed at the rally venue.

Nodal officer for preparations of Modi’s Varanasi visit VDA vice-president Rajesh Kumar said all preparations had been completed.

First Published: Jul 14, 2018 07:55 IST