“Development and good governance are the only ways ahead. Together, let us make a positive impact in people’s lives and create a developed India,” the PM tweeted ahead of his visit.
The Prime Minister’s aircraft landed at the Babatpur airport on the outskirts of the city at around noon where he was received by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and state minister Ahmed Hasan, according to airport director S K Malik.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani, Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha, MoS for Culture Mahesh Sharma and state BJP president Laxmikant Bajpai have been camping in the city since last night.
The government yesterday announced the prestigious Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award, for former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Madan Mohan Malaviya.
Significantly, today is also the 153rd birth anniversary of the renowned educationist.
During his day-long tour, his second to Varanasi after becoming the Prime Minister, Modi will inspect Assi ghat on the banks of the Ganga and launch a cleanliness drive.
The PM will also inaugurate an Inter-University Centre for Teachers’ Education inside the BHU premises.
The Prime Minister will also visit the Diesel Locomotive Works on the outskirts of the city where he will dedicate to the nation a modern, air-conditioned passenger train engine and inaugurate a project for expansion of the DLW.
The Prime Minister is likely to return this evening.
Modi’s government is observing December 25 as ‘Good Governance Day’ to mark the birthday of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
“There is no bigger tribute to Atal ji than celebrating his birthday as ‘Good Governance Day’ & pledging to devote ourselves to this cause,” the PM tweeted.