Heavy rains force PM Narendra Modi to cancel his visit to Varanasi

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Varanasi, July 16: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's day-long visit to his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi on Thursday, July 16, was cancelled second time in a row.

Rains have again cancelled PM Modi's scheduled visit to the temple town Varanasi, even after the waterproof pandal was erected at the rally venue. Uttar Pradesh BJP spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said a new date would be picked later.

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Today, PM Modi was slated to address a public rally, inaugurate a power project scheme and open a trauma centre at the Banaras Hindu University. 

Varanasi District Magistrate Pranjal Yadav said the Prime Minister's Office sent a communication that Modi's visit has been cancelled.

The visit was called off as it was felt that the public meeting will not be possible due to the incessant rains that hit Varanasi since last night, sources said.

Since early morning, there were frantic efforts to pump out water at the DLW ground where Modi was scheduled to make a public address.

Modi was scheduled to launch an Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS), give a go-ahead to the four-laning of the Varanasi-Babatpur Road and lay the foundation stone of a Ring Road.

He had to lay the foundation stones for two power sub-stations at Chowk and Kazzakpura respectively from the DLW Grounds and later address a public gathering.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and governor Ram Naik were scheduled to receive him at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Airport at Babatpur.

While preparing for Modi's rally, a labourer from Bengal was electrocuted when he was decorating the stage at the DLW ground. [Varanasi: Bengal labourer electrocuted while decorating stage for Modi's rally]

Earlier also, Modi had to cancel his visit to Varanasi on June 28, again because of heavy downpour which had left the DLW Grounds waterlogged.

After winning Lok Sabha elections last year from both Varanasi and Vadodara, Modi gave up the seat in his home state of Gujarat to retain this constituency in eastern UP.

On his previous two visits to his Lok Sabha constituency - on November 7-8 and December 25 - Modi had announced a number of projects like trade facilitation centre for weavers, adopted a village "Jayapur" for development under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana, and inaugurated an Inter-University Teachers' Training Centre at BHU.

The Prime Minister also led from the front in cleaning of 'Assi Ghat'.

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