Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit his constituency Varanasi to observe ‘Good Governance Day’ on December 25 — former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s birthday. All BJP MPs have to be present in their constituencies on that day and take part in cleanliness campaigns and other social events.
BJP state president Laxmikant Bajpai said: “The PM is expected to take part in programmes of ‘Good Governance Day’… Each party MP and office-bearer will take part in cleanliness drives and seminars from 8 to 9 am.”
While Varanasi District Magistrate Pranjal Yadav denied having received any communication in this regard, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) authorities have started preparations for the inauguration of the newly set up Trauma Centre — likely to be inaugurated by Modi on December 25. Local RSS leaders too held a meeting on Wednesday on preparations for Modi’s visit. Usually, a tentative schedule of the PM’s visit is sent to the district administration a week before the visit while a detailed programme is sent before two days.
Sources said a senior central official visited BHU on Tuesday and held a meeting with authorities regarding the inauguration of the Trauma Centre. The official reportedly asked the administration to ensure that the Trauma Centre starts its operation soon to ensure that the PM finds some patients during his visits.
BHU PRO Rajesh Singh, however, said the university has not received any information about Modi’s visit. Claiming that no official has visited the campus regarding Trauma Centre inauguration, he said: “The university itself has decided to prepare the Trauma Centre by December 22 because we expect the PM to inaugurate it if he visits Varanasi on December 25.”
Modi was scheduled to inaugurate the Trauma Centre on October 14 but had cancelled his visit after cyclone Hudhud hit the country. He had not inaugurated the centre on his November 7 and 8 visit as well because the recruitment of medical staff was not over by then.
A RSS office-bearer said that on December 25, Modi will inspect Assi ghat, where he had launched his cleanliness campaign on November 8. He may also take part in a cleanliness programme and hold a meeting with prominent people of Varanasi. He is likely to leave for Delhi the next day.
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