Lok Sabha elections LIVE: Modi offers prayers at Ravidas Temple in Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Continuing his Lok Sabha election 2019 campaign, clubbing project inaugurations and rallies, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited his own constituency Varanasi on Tuesday.

Addressing a gathering after laying the foundation stone of Ravidas Janmasthali area development project in Varanasi, Modi invoked Sant Ravidas, a mystic poet of the Bhakti Movement, on his birth anniversary to urge people to end caste discrimination and identify those who promote it for "self interest".
Modi said caste discrimination is an impediment in achieving social harmony.

"Guruji (Sant Ravidas) had said that there should be no discrimination on the basis of caste. Till caste discrimination is there, people cannot connect with each other, social harmony is not possible and equality cannot be ensured," the prime minister said. "Identify those who for their self-interest, create caste discrimination and promote it," he asked people, without taking any names.

"My government focussed on panchdharma: education, income, medicine, irrigation and addressing public grievances," he said, "irrespective of caste, creed and other factors." "Unfortunately, caste discrimination could not be removed till now. The New India will witness this change with help of youth," he said, referring to his vision of the country in the 21st Century.

At the Diesel Locomotives Works in Varanasi, Modi also flagged off the first electric locomotive converted from a diesel engine in the country. He also inspected it from inside.

Catch LIVE updates on Modi's Varanasi visit and campaigns for the Lok Sabha elections 2019.

2:47 PM IST Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi: Our government is progressing the development of the country on two tracks. One track is the infrastructure such as railway, airway, internet.....and the second is the attempt to make the lives of farmers, middle class & labor class easy. pic.twitter.com/CA1nuC5q8v — ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) February 19, 2019

2:31 PM IST Our government is pushing forward the development of the country together on two tracks.    The first is infrastructure such as: Highways, Railway, airway, electricity, Internet   And the second track is poor, farmer, labour, making the middle class life easier: PM Modi

11:11 AM IST Varanasi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi offers prayers at Ravidas Temple. pic.twitter.com/bHRIOeRQzZ — ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) February 19, 2019

10:14 AM IST Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with Divyangs (persons with disabilities) at Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) campus in Varanasi pic.twitter.com/iHxproHxhL — ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) February 19, 2019

10:13 AM IST The project was sanctioned at the end of 2017 when Railways took the decision to go for 100% electric traction. 

10:13 AM IST The 2612 horsepower WDG3A diesel loco was converted into a 5000 horsepower electric loco to assume the new class called WAGC3 at a cost of Rs 3.79 crore.

10:10 AM IST Modi to lay the foundation stone of Ravidas Janmasthali (birthplace) area development project.

9:53 AM IST Modi will visit the Sant Ravidas temple on the occasion of Ravidas Jayanti in Varanasi.

9:07 AM IST प्रधानमंत्री श्री @narendramodi आज वाराणसी में विभिन्न विकास परियोजनाओं का लोकार्पण व शिलान्यास करेंगे। #BadalRahiHaiKashi लाइव देखें ➡︎ https://t.co/vpP0MI6iTu ➡︎ https://t.co/jtwD1yPhm4 ➡︎ https://t.co/lcXkSnweeN pic.twitter.com/lHhrDqCEx9 — BJP (@BJP4India) February 19, 2019

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Our government is progressing the development of the country: PM Modi

Our government is pushing forward the development of the country together on two tracks. 
 
The first is infrastructure such as: Highways, Railway, airway, electricity, Internet
 
And the second track is poor, farmer, labour, making the middle class life easier: PM Modi
The project was sanctioned at the end of 2017 when Railways took the decision to go for 100% electric traction. 
The 2612 horsepower WDG3A diesel loco was converted into a 5000 horsepower electric loco to assume the new class called WAGC3 at a cost of Rs 3.79 crore.
Modi to lay the foundation stone of Ravidas Janmasthali (birthplace) area development project.

Modi will visit the Sant Ravidas temple on the occasion of Ravidas Jayanti

Modi will visit the Sant Ravidas temple on the occasion of Ravidas Jayanti in Varanasi.

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