Reasons Why PM Modi Spent 3 Days in Varanasi

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh at an election campaign rally ahead of the Manipur Assembly elections in Imphal

Targetting his rivals, specifically Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, he said like people suffered from "motiabind" (cataract), the SP and Congress suffered from "votebind" as "they can't see anything unless they see them in the context of votes". "But why Uttar Pradesh government is not able to utilize them".

The UP Government is anti-farmer.

"Does any honest youth get employment in Uttar Pradesh?" "We have no ambitions about Delhi, we are still here, but it looks like some outsiders who have come here have returned", Akhilesh said. Yesterday, it witnessed the rally of an ex-chief minister, a road show of the current chief minister with the vice president of the main opposition party, and a "de-facto road show" of the prime minister - all in a single day. If Congress supporters jeered at Modi's cavalcade with slogans of "Feku Feku Feku" stones were pelted at the SP-Congress cavalcade when it passed Chauka ghat, where a minor scuffle also broke out between supporters of the BJP and the SP-Congress alliance.

Interestungly, the Supreme Court just before the election process in five states commenced last month had barred political parties from using religion, region, caste or community in their poll campaigns.

Apparently peeved at the Congress demanding registration of an FIR against him for today's roadshow here, Modi recalled how permission was denied for his rally in the run up to the Lok Sabha elections when he was the BJP's prime ministerial nominee.

"The people of the country trust this government", he added. "Copy mafia, mining mafia, liquor mafia....they are ruling the roost in the state and the police stations have been turned into offices of the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP)", he stated. A jeweller in the zari business told The Citizen that his work had come to a standstill, the family was nearly in debt, and that "we are certainly not going to vote for the BJP, not this time". "We have taken steps that would benefit them immensely".

In an attempt to connect with the milling crowds, the Prime Minister said he felt fortunate to have been born in Gujarat, the land of Mahatma Gandhi and then coming to Varanasi, making the Poorvanchal as his "karmabhoomi".

Shri Modi said that the he is committed to work for welfare of the poor.

Modi also referred to the reported scams during the UPA regime and said in his stint so far, there had not been any allegation of corruption.

The PM said his Government has formulated a new scheme to replace the old pumps used by farmers with new ones for free. A group standing outside a small kirana shop in Rohinya, a rural Assembly constituency that PM Modi visited as well and spent several hours addressing a public rally and speaking to groups later, told The Citizen, "our lives are destroyed".

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