Prime Minister Narendra Modi has postponed his two-day visit to Varanasi starting October 14. It was supposed to be Modi’s first visit to his Lok Sabha constituency as Prime Minister.
UP Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan confirmed the news. However, the new dates of the PM’s visit has not been announced.
Shiv Kumar Pathak, in-charge of Modi’s public relation office in Varanasi, told The Indian Express that he received information from Prime Minister’s Office of Modi postponing his visit because of cyclone Hudhud that made a landfall in the east coast of the country on Sunday evening.
Meanwhile, UP Met Director J P Gupta said that parts of eastern UP , including Varanasi, are expected to receive heavy rainfall on October 14 and 15 when the Prime Minister was expected to tour his constituency.
Modi was scheduled to address students of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and dedicate university’s new trauma centre to public.
Rana Gopal Singh, Director of Institute of Medical Science in BHU, said he has received information that Modi will soon give fresh dates to inaugurate the trauma centre built at a cost of Rs 200 crore.
The university has, meanwhile, said that Tuesday classes, which were earlier cancelled on account of the PM’s visit, will now be held as per routine. “A notice in this regard would be issued on Monday,” Singh said.
As the news about the postponement of PM’s visit reached Varanasi late Sunday evening, BJP workers as well as staff of BHU were left disappointed as they had been preparing to give a grand welcome to the Prime Minister.
Modi was also schedule to address around 12,000 BJP workers and the party had started making arrangements after taking necessary clearance from the district administration for the event.
BJP state president Laxmikant Bajpai had also reached Varanasi on Sunday to look after the preparations of the visit. Party workers had erected large hoardings and cut-outs across the city to welcome Modi and had hired private firms to illuminate the city’s crossings with decorative lights. Members of the party’s women wing had been asked to decorate the major crossings with rangoli.
District administration officials, police and Special Protection Group had also held several rounds of inspection of BHU campus.
Varanasi Mayor Ram Gopal Mohle, who is from the BJP, too had extended the programme of ‘Clean India mission’ in the city up to October 30.