Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi launched the membership drive of the Bharatiya Janata Party from Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh on 06 July, 2019 noting that it will further connect people from all walks of life with the party. The launch of the membership drive coincided with the 118th birth anniversary of the founder of Jana Sangha Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee.
Addressing a gathering on the occasion, the Prime Minister said, “From the soil of Kashi, I greet each dedicated worker of the party. Today, I got an opportunity to launch the BJP’s membership campaign from Kashi,” he said, pointing out that it will strengthen the BJP further.
Shri Modi also talked about the Union budget 2019-20 and his thoughts on India’s growth trajectory in the coming years. Referring to the provisions in the Union budget, Shri Modi said a “new India” was on the threshold of racing ahead. “It is important to know about the USD 5 trillion economy because some people were casting doubts over the competency of Indians, saying that achieving the target is very difficult,” he added.
Describing some specific areas which will provide impetus to the government’s vision of ‘5-trillion dollar economy’, PM Shri Modi said that the role of farmers and traders will be the most crucial in realising India’s 5-trillion dream. He added that this is why the latest Budget includes measures that will facilitate agricultural exports as well greater social security for small traders and firms through pensions and other benefits.
Prime Minister Shri Modi further emphasized the role of blue economy, food processing and water security for the sustainable economic progress of the country and enlisted major government initiatives in this regard such as the creation of separate department of fisheries as well as a ministry for ‘Jal Shakti.’
The PM later urged the supporters and party workers present there to continuously strive towards contributing more for the nation’s development in whatever ways possible. He asked them to always put the nation before their party and selflessly work for its prosperity and security.
The Prime Minister was accompanied by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Bharatiya Janata Party National Working President Shri JP Nadda, the state BJP President Shri Mahendra Nath Pandey , Uttar Pradesh Minister Shri Siddharth Nath Singh and other senior leaders of the party present on the occassion.
This is PM Shri Modi’s second visit to his constituency after winning the parliamentary polls in May. He had visited Varanasi on May 27 to thank the voters after winning the Lok Sabha seat for the second consecutive time by a huge margin of 4.79 lakh votes.
Earlier, soon after his arrival here on a day-long visit, Shri Modi unveiled a statue of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri at the airport. Shri Anil Shastri and Shri Sunil Shastri, sons of late Lal Bahadur Shastri, were also present at the venue.
After unveiling the statue of Shastri, the Prime Minister proceeded to launch a tree-plantation campaign at “Anand Kanan” — in the temple city.
He also paid tributes to the founder of Jana Sangh Dr. Shyama Prasad Mookerjee, on his 118th birth anniversary, saying his contribution to national integration will always be remembered. In a tweet, the PM described Dr. Mookerjee as a great educationist and a bright nationalist thinker.
Later in the day, the Prime Minister visited the virtual museum at Man Mahal. The museum situated near Dashashwamedh Ghat, is a cultural landmark in the city of Varanasi, showcasing the various aspects of our cultural heritage.