Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday interacted with intellectuals and other prominent personalities here and said if the BJP returns to power in Uttar Pradesh, the state will be at the forefront of economic development.
Modi, who represents Varanasi in the Lok Sabha, also stressed the need for a stable government in the state which can take bold decisions, according to the participants.
Nearly 200 participants interacted with the prime minister at the ‘Prabudh Varg Sammelan’ held at Raman Niwas here.
Padma Bhushan awardee and Hindustani classical singer Channulal Mishra and BHU vice chancellor Sudhir Jain were among the attendees. Famous paan seller Ashwani Chaurasia, known as ‘Keshav paan wala’, and tea seller Pappu, at whose kiosk Modi enjoyed a cuppa on Friday, were also present.
A participant, Ashok Tiwari, said the prime minister asserted that if the BJP government gets another term in Uttar Pradesh, the state will be at the forefront of development.
Rama Raman, a businessman on whose premises the event was held, told PTI that the prime minister had a hearty interaction with the attendees.
Modi told the participants that during a visit to Boston in the US, he learnt that a street there has been named after Kashi as the ancient city has given the world many intellectuals, Raman said.
Polling will be held in eight Assembly seats in Varanasi district in the seventh and last phase of the Uttar Pradesh elections on March 7.
PM in Guj on Mar 11-12; to address rally, other important events
Ahmedabad, Mar 5 (PTI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Gujarat on March 11 and 12 to address a mass rally of elected representatives of village, taluka and district panchayats and also take part in several other events, a senior official said on Saturday.
The mass rally will take place in GMDC Ground here on March 11, with over one lakh people from across the state scheduled to attend, he said.
The PM will attend the ‘Khel Mahakumbh’, a mega sporting event organised by the Sports Authority of Gujarat at the Sardar Patel Stadium on March 12 that will have youths from the village, taluka and district levels taking part in various sporting events, the official informed.
He will also address the convocation of Rashtriya Raksha University at Lavada village in Gandhinagar district, a university official said.
The university, which specialises in national and internal security, was granted the status of an institute of national importance under the Union Ministry of Home Affairs on September 28, 2020.