Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a two-day tour of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday, visiting his parliamentary constituency Varanasi and laying the foundation stone for the 340-km Purvanchal Expressway in Azamgarh.
During his visit, the prime minister will inaugurate several development projects, with those in Varanasi alone estimated to be worth Rs 1,000 crore.
PM Modi is expected to address rallies in Varanasi, Azamgarh and Mirzapur during his visit.
Here are the live updates:
PM Modi attacks Congress over washout of Parliament sessions
On to the triple talaq issue, PM Modi said Congress party doesn’t allow Parliament to function and is stalling the passage of bill.
Without naming Congress president Rahul Gandhi, PM Modi said the leader has claimed Congress to be a party for the Muslims. “I want to ask if it is a party only for Muslims men or also for women? Is their a place of respect and dignity for Muslim women? They stop the law in Parliament, create ruckus and don’t allow the Parliament to function,” said PM Modi.
PM raises the issue of triple talaq
PM says the intention of the political parties have been exposed by their attitude towards triple talaq.
“On one side, the central government is trying to making the lives of women better, these opposition parties are trying to make the lives of women and Muslim women in particular more difficult,” says PM.
PM says dynastic parties trying to prevent development
All these parties involved in dynastic politics are trying to prevent the development of ordinary people, trying to prevent you from becoming competent, alleged PM Modi.
अपने स्वार्थ के लिए ये मिलकर अब आपके विकास को रोकना चाहते हैं, आपको सशक्त होने से रोकना चाहते हैं।
उन्हें पता है कि अगर गरीब, किसान, दलित, पिछड़े सशक्त हो गए, तो उनकी दुकान बंद हो जाएगी: PM
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 14, 2018
PM hits out at opposition parties
PM Modi alleges some political parties have used the names of Ambedkar and Ram Manhoar Lohia only to do politics. “These parties have not done any welfare work for public or poor, they have only worked for their family and family members,” says PM Modi.
As connectivity increases, development speeds up: PM
“The BJP government in UP has done its best to create an environment suitable for development. The Purvanchal Expressway will feed the hopes and dreams of Uttar Pradesh,” says PM Modi.
The UP farmers’ vegetables, fruits and milk will reach the markets of Delhi faster, he says.
“As connectivity increases, development speeds up,” says PM.
UP’s image is changing: Modi
“Under Yogi Adityanath, the rate of atrocities and corruption in the state has come down as the state government works tirelessly for the farmers, youth and women,” says Modi.
“The image of Uttar Pradesh is changing and the state will tough new heights,” he adds.
PM Modi addresses gathering
“I my pay respects to Azamgarh, the land rishis, munis and literature. A new Ganga of development will flow on this land through the Purvanchal Expressway,” says PM Modi.
PM lays foundation stone for Purvanchal Expressway
PM Modi has laid the foundation stone for the Purvanchal Expressway.
The total cost of the project is over Rs 23,300 crore. The UP Cabinet recently approved a proposal to seek bank loans of about Rs 12,000 crore for the expressway.
Expressway belongs to people, not to SP or Congress: Adityanath
Mocking Samajwadi Party’s claim to laying the foundation stone for the expressway project in 2016, Adityanath says that the expressway does not belong to SP or the Congress but to the people.
Yogi Adityanath addresses gathering
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath welcomes PM Modi to event and says that the eastern districts of Uttar Pradesh are finally seeing the benefits of development ushered in by him.
PM Modi arrives in Azamgarh
PM Narendra has arrived in Azamgarh and is on stage at the venue for the laying the foundation stone of Purvanchal Expressway.
Purvanchal expressway to connect eastern UP with Delhi
The 340 km-long, six-lane Poorvanchal Expressway will connect Lucknow with various towns of eastern Uttar Pradesh, including Barabanki, Amethi, Sultanpur, Faizabad, Ambedkar Nagar, Azamgarh, Mau and Ghazipur.
This project will also connect Delhi via expressway to several major towns and cities of UP, such as Noida.
Samajwadi Party claims credit for expressway project
The Samajwadi Party has claimed that the Purvanchal expressway project was the brainchild of former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, who laid a foundation stone for the same stretch in December 2016.
SP workers staged a demonstration at the Azamgarh district collectorate on Friday, saying the party was being denied credit.