Gandhinagar, Apr 2 UNI | 4 months ago

Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi today said Varanasi will set in motion the wheels of change that will take India on the path of good governance and development.

Modi is contesting from two seats -- Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and Vadodara in Gujarat -- in the coming Lok Sabha election. The BJP's PM candidate said if voted to power, his party will make every effort to make Varanasi, also known as Banaras, the India's 'intellectual capital'.

'The ancient town of Varanasi has been a symbol of knowledge, education and culture. It's the city of Lord Shiva,' Modi said in his blog.

He said the whole country has been looking at Varanasi today. Adding that the river which provides life to crores of people was now struggling for its own survival, in the town where 'mother Ganga' achieves its highest level of beauty and importance.

The BJP leader said the situation of the river Ganga remained worse even after thousands of crore of rupees were spent for its development and making it pollution free.

'Every effort will be made to restore the Ganga's pride. Delhi is the political capital of the country and Mumbai is known as the financial capital but now his government will make Varanasi the 'intellectual capital' of India. I and my party will work hard in this regard,' he added.

Modi said due to policies of the Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre and the Uttar Pradesh Government, Varanasi has lost its pride.

Modi said there was a need to develop the education institutions of Varanasi and alleged that the Centre and the state government ignored Varanasi which was known for Banarasi 'pan', Banarasi 'sari'and its other small-scale industries.

'Varanasi is a big centre of tourism but its youth are jobless. There is a need to develop small and traditional industries of Varanasi so that employment opportunity is provided to the youth,'Modi said.

The Gujarat Chief Minister further said due to the Centre and UP Government's ignorance, Varanasi was facing problems of roads, encroachment, power and water crisis.

'I promise we will remove mafias who are looting public money from Delhi to Varanasi,' he said.

Modi said that during the then BJP-led NDA Government at the Centre it was proved that the 21st century will be the century of India but during the ten years regime of the Congress-led UPA, the country was pushed several decades back. He claimed that during the UPA's regime, India's progress story was left midway.

'Time has come that we change this situation. It is said that India's politics reflects in Varanasi. We have to start (the process of change) this from here,' he added.

(Posted on 02-04-2014)