Rains and worker’s death leads to PM cancel his Varanasi visit

RSTV Bureau

File Photo of Prime Minister Modi at Varanasi. Photo – PTI

For the second time in about three weeks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had to cancel a visit to his parliamentary constituency Varanasi. Heavy rainfall since last night and an electrocution of a worker at the venue today led to the cancellation of the visit by the Prime Minister. Varanasi District Magistrate Pranjal Yadav told the press of receiving the communication from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) confirming the cancellation of his visit.

PM Modi was scheduled to address a public rally, inaugurate a power project scheme and open a trauma centre at the Banaras Hindu University during his day-long visit.

With overnight heavy showers flooding the venue since Thursday morning, the organisers – local BJP unit – were making frantic efforts to pump out the water, but with little success.

The other reason being cited for cancellation of the visit was the electrocution of a gardener at the DLW ground where PM Modi was scheduled to make a public address. According to the local police, the gardener identified as Devnath, a resident of West Bengal, slipped while doing his work and caught hold of an electric wire which broke giving him a powerful electric shock. He was immediately rushed to hospital but succumbed on the way.

During his scheduled visit on Thursday, Prime Minister Modi was slated to give a go-ahead to the four-laning of the Varanasi-Babatpur Road and lay the foundation stone of a Ring Road in the city. He was also to lay the foundation stones for two power sub-stations at Chowk and Kazzakpura area in Varanasi followed by a public address at DLW grounds.

This is a second time in the past recent weeks when the Prime Minister had to cancel his visit to Varanasi. Earlier on June 28, the visit was abandoned due to the heavy downpour, incidentally at the same venue.

(With inputs from the PTI)