PM’s visit to Varanasi cancelled 3rd time in row….
VARANASI: Rains once again may have played spoil sport as for the second time in a row, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Varanasi was cancelled here on Thursday. However, state BJP chief Laxmikant Bajpayi claimed arrangements were foolproof and the PM cancelled his visit only because of the death of a labourer working at DLW ground on the intervening night.
The 19-year-old labourer Devnath aka ‘Manna’ was decorating flowers on the stage when he got in touch with some wire and got electrocuted on the intervening night on Wednesday and Thursday, the police said.
Earlier, on June 28, heavy rains forced cancellation of PM’s visit to Varanasi forcing energy minister Piyush Goyal to take up supervision of preparation for PM’d rescheduled visit on July 16. Waterproof tents, improved drainage system were thus put in place this time DLW ground where the PM was scheduled to make a public address.
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Rains began, however, since Wednesday night after mainly three sunny days and humidity and were continuing leading to heavy waterlogging at several places in and around the DLW ground and other part of the city.
However, state BJP chief Laxmikant Bajpayi while confirming the cancellation of PM’s visit said that the sole reason this time was “an unfortunate death of a labourer working for preparation of DLW public address ground.”
The PM like on June 28 was scheduled to inaugurate BHU’s 324-bed Rs 187-crore Trauma Centre, lay foundation stone for two sub-stations, ring road and four-laning from Babatpur Airport to Kuchhehry Crossing.
What will happened to the fate of Trauma Centre especially as the inauguration of the same has been cancelled for the third time. PM Narendra Modi was expected to inaugurate the trauma centre on October 14, 2014 but the visit was cancelled because of Hud-hud cyclone.
He was again scheduled to inaugurate the same on June 28 but rains kept him away like on Thursday leading to disappointment among the residents of Varanasi, whose wait for their local MP is getting longer and longer.
The PM last visited Varanasi on December 25, 2014.