Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday canceled his Varanasi visit following death of a labourer due to electrocution at the stage of DLW ground where PM had to lay foundation stone of various development projects. PM had to address a public meeting too at the same venue.
While Varanasi district administration officials claimed that continuous downpour from midnight was reason for cancellation of PM visit, BJP state president Laxmikant Bajpai told The Indian Express that PM has cancelled his visit showing concern over the death of labourer at programme venue.
The labourer Devnnath reportedly belongs to Midnapur of West Bengal and was decorating the stage with flowers when he came in contact with a wire when power supply was on. He was rushed to near by hospital where he was declared brought dead. Local police officials denied to give details of labourer’s death.
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Bajpai said, the labourer Devnath, died at the venue on Thursday morning. “We requested PM to visit Varanasi and launch the projects symbolically from BHU. But PM denied saying that applause and clapping after death of a labourer would not be justified,” he said.
Bajpai also said that rain was not the reason for cancellation of PM’s programme because all the arrangements were made at the stage, pandal and helipad at DLW ground to make rain ineffective and ensure that no inconvenience was caused to any person due to rain.
“BJP workers were also prepared to attend the event and a large number of workers had already left for reaching the venue,” Bajpai said.
PM had to inaugurate Trauma Centre of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and launch Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) of Power Ministry on Thursday. PM also had to lay foundation stone for Varanasi ring road, development of National Highway-56 from Varanasi to Babatpur (airport road) and power substations at Chowk as well as Kazzakpura under IPDS.
This is third time in a row when PM has cancelled visit to his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi. PM was scheduled to inaugurate BHU trauma centre and launch above projects on June 28 too but his visit was canceled at the last moment following heavy rainfall in Varanasi and water logging at venue DLW ground.
PM had earlier cancelled Varanasi visit in October after Hudhud cyclone hit India’s eastern seaboard on October 12.