PM in Varanasi, nominates 9 for Clean India Campaign

SansadTV Bureau

modi_varanasi365Asserting that development and good governance are the only ways ahead, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday visited his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi as part of nation-wide Good Governance Day celebrations being held by his government.

“Development & good governance are the only ways ahead. Together, let us make a positive impact in people’s lives & create a developed India,” the PM tweeted ahead of his visit.

PM Modi  visited Banaras Hindu University, founded by Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya whose name was announced on Wednesday for conferment of the highest civilian honour – the Bharat Ratna.

During his day-long tour, his second tour to Varanasi after becoming the Prime Minister, Modi  inspected cleanliness drive as part of ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ at the Assi Ghat along the river Ganga and in some lanes in nearby residential localities.

The PM also inaugurated an Inter-University Centre for Teachers’ Education inside the BHU premises.

PM Modi at Assi Ghat

Taking forward his Swachh Bharat campaign, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today revisited his constituency and lauded people for helping rid the Assi Ghat of mounds of soil and garbage to restore the historical site to its old glory.

In the holy city to mark the Good Governance Day, he supervised the cleanliness campaign and also nominated various people and organisations to join the ‘Swachh Bharat (clean India)’ campaign launched by his government on Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday on October 2.

The Prime Minister nominated for the campaign Nagaland Governor Padmanabha Acharya, former IPS officer and activist Kiran Bedi, former Indian cricket team captain  Sourav Ganguly, comedian Kapil Sharma, classical dancer Sonal Mansingh, Ramoji Rao of Eenadu group and Aroon Purie of India Today group. He had nominated some people during his last visit as well.

In a first, he also nominated some organisations which included Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Eenadu and India Today groups besides ‘dabbewale’ of Mumbai, who deliver home-made food to lakhs of people in the city.

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.