PM Narendra Modi is on a two-day (14th and 15th July) visit of Eastern Uttar Pradesh. The He visited his Parliamentary constituency Varanasi, and other key constituencies such as Azamgarh and Mirzapur.
Narendra Modi laid the foundation Stone for the Rs 230 billion Purvanchal Expressway in Azamgarh on Saturday.
Following the launch, he praised the Yogi-government for the development initiatives and said, “ The 340-km Purvanchal Expressway will transform the towns and cities that it passes through. It would also provide swifter connectivity between Delhi and Ghazipur. New industry and institutions can develope along the expressway.”
The six-lane Purvanchal Expressway will connect the economically less developed Azamgarh, Mau, Ghazipur, Faizabad, Sultanpur, Ambedkar Nagar and Amethi to Lucknow, and further ahead to Agra and New Delhi via the Lucknow-Agra expressway and the Yamuna Expressway.
He talked about his vision of ‘Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas’, highlighting the recent endeavours in PM Gram Sadak Yojana, PM Awas Yojana and the recent rise in the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for farmers on kharif crops.
The launch programme is specifically crucial, given the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, because despite the sweeping victory in UP in the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections, Azamgarh was an essential seat that was lost to the Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Yadav.
On the second day of his two-day visit, the PM launched the Bansagar Canal Project in Mirzapur and also laid the foundation of the Mirzapur Medical College.
The programme also included inauguration of 108 Jan Aushadhi Kendras which provide generic medicines at affordable prices under the Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) and a bridge over river Ganga, that will improve connectivity between Mirzapur and Varanasi.
The visit received it’s expected share of backlash from the Samajwadi Party, which claimed that the projects like the Purvanchal Expressway were ones that had been inaugrated way back during Akhilesh Yadav’s tenure.
The PM gave a befitting reply in his speech, stating that the previous government had initiated several projects, while implemented and completed barely few. Most projects had been abandoned after little progress.
He further took a dig at the Yadav government, saying that it only made tall claims with regard to it’s initiatives for the upliftment of the farmers, while something as basic as increasing the Minimum Support Price had been implemented only after the Yogi government came to power.
The digs and accuses are going to continue in a democracy , and what matters is for the work to get done for the people!
The work getting done will certainly be a huge step in the development of Uttar Pradesh.