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PM Narendra Modi adopts wrestlers’ village Kakrahia, his third in Varanasi

This will be the third village to be adopted by the Prime Minister in his Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi, after Jayapur and Nagpur.

india Updated: Jul 16, 2017 10:40 IST
Sudhir Kumar
Sudhir Kumar
Hindustan Times, Varanasi
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will adopt his third village in Varanasi.(PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will adopt Kakrahia, a village known for its wrestlers and wrestling arenas, under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said on Sunday.

This will be the third village to be adopted by the Prime Minister in his Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi.

In the previous two years, Modi adopted Jayapur and Nagpur, as his first and second villages.

Yogi Adityanath visited Kakrahia on Sunday, and informed the people there that the Prime Minister has selected the village under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana.

Budding grapplers Siddhant Singh and Vikas Singh expressed delight over the news.

Adityanath congratulated the locals, and also distributed five solar-operated charkhas (spinning wheels) to women in the village.

The chief minister also asked the villagers to thank Modi for adopting Kakrahia, as it would bring in various facilities.

Yogi Adityanath distributes solar-opearated spinning wheels at Kakrahia village. ( HT Photo )

“Jayapur has become well known after it was adopted by the PM. I hope my village will also get into the limelight and will be known across the nation,” said Asha Devi, a villager.

“We are quite happy as chief minister Yogi visited our village to give us the great news,” she said.

Sandhya Singh was delighted as Adityanath gave her a solar-operated spinning wheel. She thanked the chief minister for the gift, saying it will help her earn her livelihood.

She also hoped that Prime Minister Modi visits her village in the future. The village is also known for flower cultivation.

Yogi Adityanath distributes school bags and uniforms among school children. ( HT Photo )

Ravindra Singh, who coaches youngsters in wrestling for free, said, “This is a matter of great joy for all of us that Prime Minister Mod has selected our village.

“Our village will now have facilities like a solar power plant, a bank and a post office. We request the authorities to develop a sports stadium in view of love for sports among the youths here.”

Singh has trained a number of youths in wrestling. Many of these trained wrestlers are now working in government departments in other cities.

By adopting their village, Singh said, the Prime Minister has brought new hope for development among the locals.

Adityanath also distributed schools bags and clothes among children.

First Published: Jul 02, 2017 22:44 IST