Hindustan Times (Lucknow)

Modi says ‘thank you, UP’, sets sight on Jharkhand and J&K

- Manish Chandra Pandey manish.pandey@hindustant­imes.com

Overwhelme­d by the country’s response to his ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’ call in the Lok Sabha elections five months back, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday thanked Varanasi for electing him as an MP and the state for backing the first-ever BJP government and the first majority government at the centre in 30 years with a 71-MP push.

“UP did wonders for us five months back. After that we went on to receive the blessings of people in Maharashtr­a and Haryana and I am confident that even in Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir we would receive a similar support,” the PM said, addressing 15000-booth level BJP workers at the DLW. ground here “The world community now knows that there is a government in India which has a backing of 125 crore people. For the first time we too are observing the impact a majority government has,” said the PM. Thanking BJP’s Varanasi workers for his one-sided win, he said, “We are working on a plan that seeks to modernise Kashi without disturbing the ancient cultural heritage of this great city. I am collecting feedback on this.”

The PM marketed the government’s recent schemes like Jan Dhan Yojana and urged Varanasi residents to ensure that the maximum members a refrom the‘ Kashi region’ during the ongoing BJP’s membership drive. “If you don’t do that the party president is going to ask me about it? I hope you know what I am talking about,” he said. Referring to the zero bank balance account scheme launched by his government, the PM said, “Despite the zero account facility, people have opened their accounts in banks with Rs 10 and Rs 5. Against one crore accounts that used to be opened annually, we are now seeing as many accounts opened in a week.”

Later in the evening, the PM advised the constituti­on of a committee for judicious utilisatio­n of his MP fund. He gave this advice in a closed door meeting with senior party workers.

 ?? ASHOK DUTTA/HT ?? Jayapur residents making a rangoli to welcome the PM who has adopted their village.
ASHOK DUTTA/HT Jayapur residents making a rangoli to welcome the PM who has adopted their village.

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