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Previous govts looted public money to win polls: PM Modi in Varanasi

PM Modi said his government has started initiatives to connect waterways for economic development

Press Trust of India  |  Varanasi (UP) 

Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi

Prime Minister on Friday lashed out at previous governments, saying they seemed to hate and "looted" to win

Starting his two-day visit to Varanasi, Modi gifted schemes worth Rs 1,000 crore to his constituency.

"is solution to all our problems. Previous governments seemed to hate and looted to win elections," he said addressing a public meeting here.

The prime minister, who was speaking after inaugurating several initiatives, said, "We not only launch but also complete projects."

He targeted previous governments, saying they were driven by political calculations, resulting in schemes being inaugurated but never seeing completion.

Asserting that his government's effort was to empower the poor, he said, "Our aim is to see that the dream of is fulfilled and lives of poor changes and they get opportunities."

Modi said even the poor people do not want their future generations to eke out a living like themselves. "No poor person wants to give their children their in inheritance," Modi said.

He said his government shares their dream and is working to realise it. "Our government has a dream to wipe out poverty," he said.

He inaugurated the Deendayal Hastkala Sankul - a trade facilitation centre for handicrafts and crafts museum - constructed at a cost of Rs 300 crore.

Referring to projects for weavers, who constitute a major chunk of the population in the city, Modi said his government wants their works to be showcased globally so as to enhance their economic prospects.

"Our weavers need a global market which will enhance their economic prospects significantly," he said.

At the Deendayal Hastkala Sankul, Modi evinced keen interest in the wooden and glass products on display and talked to the rural artisans to encourage them.

The prime minister said his government has started initiatives to connect waterways for economic

He also flagged off, via a video link, the Mahamana Express train to connect with Vadodara and Surat in Gujarat, his home state.

Modi inaugurated of the Utkarsh Bank and unveiled a plaque to mark the laying of foundation stone of the headquarters building of the Bank.

The Utkarsh Bank specializes in micro-finance.

The prime minister dedicated a Jal Ambulance (water ambulance) service and a 'Jal Shav Vahan' service (water-based vehicle service for ferrying bodies) to the people of Varanasi, through a video link.

On the first day of his two-day tour, he is scheduled to visit the historic Tulsi Manas Temple, where he will release a postal stamp on "Ramayana." He will also visit the Durga Mata Temple in the pilgrim city.

First Published: Fri, September 22 2017. 20:17 IST