With Congress roping in its senior leaders to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his constituency of Varanasi on the completion of NDA’s two years in power, the BJP too has engaged its leaders to visit the city and highlight the “good works” initiated by the Modi government.
As Modi kicked off ‘vikas parva’ celebrations on Thursday to mark two years of NDA regime by holding a rally in Saharanpur, Union Health Minister J P Nadda, along with BJP national secretary Ramvichar Netam, would reach Varanasi on Friday to address a meeting of rural public representatives. Village pradhans, members of the zila panchayat and block development committees in Varanasi’s Babatpur area would attend the meeting.
Later, Nadda will address a meet of medical practitioners at the Indian Medical Association (IMA) office. Next, he would address a ‘yuva sammelan’ which will be attended by students from various colleges and members of the BJP youth wing.
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Nadda, along with Netam, would also hold discussions with a few select citizens of Varanasi at the Circuit House, and seek their opinion on the NDA government’s performance. On Saturday morning, both leaders would hold a meeting with BJP workers. Netam would also meet members of the Varanasi Bar Association.
MoS Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya would also be in Varanasi Friday. He would visit weavers’ trade felicitation centre in Lalpur and address a labourers’ meet at Kashi Vidyapith.
To mark its two years in power, BJP had organised a two-day exhibition at Assi Ghat, which ended Thursday. The exhibition displayed schemes launched by the government.
“The staff of various ministries and departments have put up stalls on 25 such schemes. While the BSNL staff organised a camp to issue new SIM cards and Internet connections, the Railways is exhibiting works done in and around Varanasi. People are being informed about these schemes,” said Sanjay Bhardwaj, BJP’s Kashi region media in-charge. Booklets of compilation of texts of Modi’s Mann Ki Baat programmes were also distributed at the ghats.
To ensure people could watch Modi’s speech live from Saharanpur, BJP’s Varanasi unit had installed LED screens in each municipal ward and at prominent places in the city.