Prime Minister, who is on a two-day visit to Uttar Pradesh, went on an all-out offensive attack against the Congress and other opposition parties over a number of issues on Saturday, while inaugurating several infrastructural projects in Varanasi and Mirzapur, including the laying of the foundation stone of Purvanchal Expressway. Also Read - Stage 1 Impose Tughlaqi Lockdown...: Rahul Gandhi Slams Govt's COVID-19 Strategy

The prime minister cornered the Congress party on its stand on the issue of triple talaq, blaming it along with other opposition parties for the difficulties faced by Muslim women. He also held the opposition parties of practicing dynasty politics, which resulted as an obstruction in the state’s development. Also Read - No Plans To Club Remaining West Bengal Poll Phases into One, Says Election Commission

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The prime minister will inaugurate 108 Jan Aushadhi Kendras in the State. He will also dedicate a bridge over the River Ganga at Balughat, Chunar, which will facilitate connectivity between Mirzapur and Varanasi.

Modi in Azamgarh: PM Slams Congress Over Its Stand on Triple Talaq Issue

Addressing a public rally after laying the foundation stone of the Purvanchal Expressway in Azamgarh, PM Modi criticised the Congress and party president Rahul Gandhi over their stand on the triple talaq issue and asked whether the “party is only for Muslim men” and not women.

“For the last two days I am hearing, that a naamdar leader (Rahul Gandhi) recently said that Congress is a party of Muslims. I’m not surprised,” said the prime minister.

“But I want to ask the naamdar of Congress, please tell that is the party only for Muslim men? Because they don’t stand with Muslim women on issues of triple talaq and Nikah halala,” he added.

The prime minister slammed the Opposition parties over their stand on the issue of triple talaq, blaming them of making the lives of Muslim women miserable.

“The stand of these parties on triple talaq have exposed them. On one side the Centre is trying to make the lives of women easy, on the other side these people have grouped together to make the lives of women, especially Muslim women, difficult,” he said.

The prime minister slammed the Opposition parties over their stand on the issue of triple talaq, blaming them of making the lives of Muslim women miserable.

“The stand of these parties on triple talaq have exposed them. On one side the Centre is trying to make the lives of women easy, on the other side these people have grouped together to make the lives of women, especially Muslim women, difficult,” he said.

He also took a jibe at the opposition over their move for creating a united front. “those who didn’t even like looking at each other earlier, are not chanting Modi Modi. These people, out on bail, and the dynast parties now want to create obstacles on the path to development,” said PM Modi.

The prime minister was in Azamgarh to lay the foundation stone for the 340-km Purvanchal Expressway which will connect Lucknow with Ghazipur at a cost of Rs 23,000 crore.

Modi hit out at the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party, saying that in the name of Baba Saheb Ambedkar and Ram Manohar Lohia they have done only politics.

“These parties which could not see eye to eye in the past have joined hands now. Do you know why? They want to stall the development work by the government. Will you allow this?” the prime minister asked.

“They had sought votes from the poor, the Dalits and the backwards, and after forming the government they filled their own coffers and have done nothing else,” he said.

Hours before Modi laid the foundation stone for the Purvanchal Expressway, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav sought to take the wind out of his sails by claiming it was his own government’s project which was being relaunched.

“This was originally Samajwadi Purvanchal Expressway, but the word Samajwadi has been dropped,” the Samajwadi Party chief told a press conference at the party headquarters in Lucknow.

Yadav claimed that the “relaunched” project settled for lower standards and has cut down on amenities like service lanes and lights.

Modi in Varanasi: PM Blames Previous Govts For City’s Condition, Says Change Visible Now

Blaming the previous governments for the state of the pilgrim city, PM Modi said he wanted to see it developed as a place with an ancient soul but in a modern shell.

Addressing a public rally here in his Lok Sabha constituency, he said change was visible in Varanasi over the last four years of his government.

Modi urged the people of Varanasi to start preparing to welcome delegates from all over the world for the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas (NRI Day), which will be held here from January 21 to 23 next year.

The guests will also visit Allahabad for a ‘kumbh darshan’.

In a symbolic inauguration in Varanasi, PM Modi launched development projects worth nearly Rs 1,000 crore for the city and the region around it. “A new Banaras is being built for a new India; its soul will remain ancient but the structure will be new,” he said.

He began his speech in the local dialect and chanted `Har Har Mahadev’.

Modi condoled the death of at least 15 people when an under-construction flyover collapsed here in May.

He said the city was in neglect when the Samajwadi Party was in power in Uttar Pradesh.

“Four years back there were overflowing sewers, dangling cables, and traffic jams all over.

The road from the airport was in a bad state due to which flights were missed, he said.

Modi said the situation had changed now with cooperation between the BJP governments in the state and at the Centre.

“The condition of the Ganga banks was also not good and all the waste used to flow into the river. The earlier governments were not concerned about this,” he said.

He said a large amount of money was earlier wasted in the name of cleaning up the river. The BJP-led government has now taken up the task of cleaning the Ganga from Gangotri to Gangasagar, and sanctioned Rs 21,000 crore for this.

He said projects related to roads, transport, cooking gas, beautification, cleanliness and other schemes to help people living here were inaugurated on Saturday.

(With PTI inputs)