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Narendra Modi in Varanasi Day 2 live updates: ‘Swachhata’ has to become ‘Swabhav’, says PM at farmers’ rally

Modi in Varanasi Day 2 Live Updates: PM said his government had "waged a war" against black money and corruption, for which the poor has had to suffer because of "the loot" by the dishonest.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 23, 2017 3:13 pm
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On the second day of his Varanasi visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday lashed out at his political rivals, saying for the BJP, politics was not for the sake of votes as it considered the country’s development as the top-most priority. He also promised to double farm income and provide homes to the homeless by 2022. He said his government had “waged a war” against black money and corruption, for which the poor has had to suffer because of “the loot” by the dishonest. The PM distributed certificates to beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Rural & Urban).

Earlier on Friday, visiting Varanasi for the first time since the BJP’s victory in Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections earlier this year, PM Modi inaugurated several projects and schemes for the constituency and said that his government not only launches projects but also finishes them.

Addressing a crowd of approximately 15,000 people who had assembled from across the region at Bada Lalpur area of Varanasi, Modi said that these projects, worth over Rs 1,000 crore, have been completed under UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

Here are the live updates:

3.10 pm: Earlier in his rally, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had encouraged the farmers to adopt dairy farming and animal husbandary as alternate sources of income and insisted that such initiatives would lead to “a new path of progress” that would not only raise farmers’ income but also the overall national income.

12.20 pm: PM Modi inaugurates the Pashudhan Arogya Mela at Shahanshahpur, Varanasi

12.00 pm: PM Modi interacts with the people at Shahanshahpur, Varanasi

11.15 am: PM Modi’s speech marred by protesting ‘shikshamitras’ demanding reinstatement in UP’s primary schools. They were whisked away by the police

11.05 am: We aim to provide homes to each and every poor by the year 2022, says PM

11.00 am: Swachhata is a Puja for me. Cleanliness is a way to serve the poor of India. I was also happy to see that a lot of toilets have already been constructed in rural areas, says PM

10.58 am: A survey reveals that the construction of toilets in homes helps people keep away from diseases, says PM

10.55 am: Each one of us has to come forward for cleanliness in the country, says PM

10.53 am: A clean India also means a healthier India. I had the opportunity to help in toilet construction at a village nearby. The people of the village have decided to make the village open defecation free, says PM

10.51 am: ‘Swachhta’ has to become ‘Swabhav’, its our collective responsibility. A cleaner India will also be a healthier India: PM Modi

10. 50 am: Doubling of farmers income is an area in which significant work is being done. Schemes like soil health card are benefitting farmers, says PM

10. 48 am: Our nation has progressed in terms of milk production today, says PM

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10. 47 am: The UP Govt has made a lot of efforts to bring in this development and we all will work together for this, says PM

10.45 am: For us, governance is not about politics or winning elections. But for us country is more important than the party, says PM

10. 40 am: Focus on animal health is commendable. This focus will benefit the farmers across the state, says PM

10. 37 am: I want to congratulate the UP Govt & specially CM Yogi Adityanath for holding the Pashudhan Arogya Mela. This Pashudhan mela will benefit the farmers across the state, says PM

10.36 am: PM Modi addresses farmers rally in Varanasi

10. 30 am: PM Modi distribute certificates to Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) beneficiaries in Shahanshahpur, UP

10.00 am: PM Narendra Modi at Pashu Arogya Mela in Shahanshahpur.

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09.45 am: PM Modi lays the foundation for toilet under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, in Shahanshahpur village. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also present.

09. 30 am: Welcome to the live blog where we will be tracking all the updates from PM Modi’s second day visit to his parliamentary constituency of Varanasi.

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    Mohan Mahadev
    Sep 27, 2017 at 9:06 pm
    PM works 16-18 hours a day and remain busy in meetings and all, setting an example to the people . Now during Navaratra Festival he is on fast and on two days Varanasi religious tour wasting his valuable time. He is a PM of the biggest democracy having lakhs of problems and should not waist his valuable time of two days in religious venue.He can celebrat Navaratra in Varanasi in short term and must return to Delhi. We have not seen any PM wasted valuable time like this, despite performing this all religious worship. In our country nine days Navaratra celebrated twice in year disturbing day to day work in office and in industry. PM must take up this matter to the all concern office and industry that no work should be hampered during long Navaratra or other long festivals.
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      Kamal Pasha
      Sep 24, 2017 at 4:41 pm
      Modi should be transferred to Gaushallas and Yoghi should be PM of India.
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        Lucian DSilva
        Sep 23, 2017 at 7:54 pm
        PM is accepting the fact saying "Poor has to suffer" Poor are sufferers hence poor, why further sufferings and instead of removing the suffering blaming the vary system which is widely followed but no sight of removing the sufferings. Double standard approach indeed. Please get to work with head down or step down please. Get in touch with people and animal, do not fear, the cows and the girl child wont cause any harm, Please touch and feel to know the reality.
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          Lucian DSilva
          Sep 23, 2017 at 7:43 pm
          Pashudhan means Animal, but in centre the only animal is cow, where are other animals like buffaloe, Goats, Sheep, horse, dog, mule etc and the great animal vision, least but not the last the Donkey. No work, show blitz, who is aware that Milk price is in the verge to soar as high as affordable only to Corporates, rich politicians. Sorry state of affair, still Show blitz.
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            Jia
            Sep 23, 2017 at 5:53 pm
            WHY Modi is quiet about huge corruption by Ministers, politicians, Babus, corporates are spoiling the country. BJP is collecting crores form corporate to purchase votes. Modi has no concern
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