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Prime Minister to flag off Mahamana Express on Sept 22  

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off the Varanasi-Vadodara Mahamana Express and dedicate a trade facilitation centre (TFC) to the people during his visit to Varanasi on September 22.

lucknow Updated: Sep 20, 2017 14:16 IST
HT Correspondent
The Mahamana Express will directly connect PM Modi’s parliamentary constituency with Vadodara in his native state Gujarat.
The Mahamana Express will directly connect PM Modi’s parliamentary constituency with Vadodara in his native state Gujarat.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off the Varanasi-Vadodara Mahamana Express and dedicate a trade facilitation centre (TFC) to the people during his visit to Varanasi on September 22.

The PM will land at Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport at 2.45 pm and reach trade facility centre (TFC) and crafts museum in Bada Lalpur at 3.30 pm to dedicate it to the people.

After laying the foundation of TFC and crafts museum on November 7, 2014, Modi had said the centre would encapsulate the heritage of Varanasi.

The trade facility centre building has come up at an estimated cost of around Rs 212 crore.

The Mahamana Express will directly connect PM Modi’s parliamentary constituency with Vadodara in his native state Gujarat. He will also flag off a ‘jal ambulance’ which will help people living along the Ganga in case of an emergency.

The PM will also address a gathering at the venue and will stay there for over an hour.

Later, he will reach DLW guest house where he will hold a dialogue with BJP workers between 5.40 pm and 6.30 pm. The PM will also release a postage stamp on Ramayana at Tulsi Manas Mandir.

Modi will also visit Durga Mata Temple at Durga Kund and after offering prayers to Goddess Durga, he will return to DLW guest house where he will stay overnight.

On September 23, Modi will participate in a cleanliness event at Shahanshahpur. He will inaugurate Pashu Arogya Mela and distribute certificates to the beneficiaries of PM Awas Yojana (rural and urban).

Modi will address a public rally for about an hour and will fly back to Delhi at 12.05 pm.

PM’S PROPOSED DIALOGUE WITH 700 MUSLIM WOMEN CANCELLED

VARANASI: The proposed meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with 700 Muslim women in Varanasi on September 22 has been cancelled.

The development took place after a controversy following an order issued by the district minority welfare department.

An order was issued to aided and non-aided madarsas asking them to coordinate the event. The officials at madarsas alleged that they had been instructed to request the Muslim women in their respective areas to attend the event.

The programme was cancelled when the madarasa association objected to the order. There is no mention of the event in the official protocol.

Secretary of teachers’ association Madaris-e-Arabia Diwan Sahab Jama said, “We are not against the programme. We only objected to the order that teachers of every madarsa should request at least 25 Muslim women each in their respective areas to attend the programme and arrange for transportation to ferry them to the event.”

“We are teachers. We are not members of a political party. Why should we go door-to-door and request women to attend the event? We don’t want to be used for any political purpose. The department can’t force us to do so,” he said.

“Our duty is to teach the children, not to arrange means of transportation. We respect the PM,” he said.

Despite repeated efforts, district social welfare officer Rajesh Kumar Yadav, who holds the additional charge of district minority welfare officer, couldn’t be reached for comments.