New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday arrived in Varanasi, his parliamentary constituency and launched the BJP’s mega membership drive. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Governor Ram Naik received the prime minister at the Varanasi airport, along with BJP working president JP Nadda and Union minister Mahendra Nath Pandey.Also Read - Kerala Rains: House Collapses Into Gushing Water in Mundakayam | Watch Video

This was PM’s second visit to the city after his party registered a thumping victory in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections 2019. PM Modi had visited his constituency on May 27 to thank people for keeping faith in his government. Also Read - PM Modi Launches 7 New State-Run Defence Companies, Says They Will Become a Global Brand

“On the Jayanti of our inspiration, Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee, the @BJP4India Membership Drive will begin. I will be joining the programme in Kashi to mark the same. This drive will further connect people from all walks of life with the BJP family. It will strengthen our party,” PM Modi had tweeted yesterday. Also Read - With Focus on Infrastructure Development, PM Modi to Launch GatiShakti National Master Plan Today | Key Points

Sharing the details of the BJP’s membership drive, its vice-president Shivraj Singh Chouhan said the party has set a target of adding minimum 20 per cent more workers in its current strength through this drive, which will conclude on August 11.

Anyone can become member by giving a missed call on a mobile number or by filing a form, Chouhan said in a statement.

PM also unveiled a statue of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri at 10:30 AM. At 10:55 AM he launched a tree plantation drive. At 11:30 AM, PM Modi addressed around 5,000 party workers at Deendayal Upadhyaya Trade Facilitation Centre in Bada Lalpur, where he launched the membership drive.

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  • 1:14 PM IST
    Modi in Varanasi LIVE: Our direction is right’, PM Modi on goal of $5 trillion economy
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    Modi in Varanasi LIVE: Speaking at the event, PM Modi lambasted those who criticised Union Budget 2019. “I am confident that we will achieve the goal of $5 trillion economy in 5 years, but some people ask what is the need for this and why is it being done? This is the section which is called ‘professional pessimists’, said PM
  • 12:55 PM IST

    Modi in Varanasi LIVE: Cleanliness is related to health and beauty. Tourism grows when country is beautiful. Here in Kashi also we can see the benefits of cleanliness. Tourists visiting the place are feeling better due to cleanliness from Ganga Ghat to roads and alleys, said PM

  • 12:50 PM IST

    Modi in Varanasi LIVE: The Ayushman Bharat scheme is also proving to be very helpful for building a healthy India. Nearly 50 crore poor in the country are getting free treatment up to Rs 5 lakh every year, claimed PM Modi

  • 12:49 PM IST
    Modi in Varanasi LIVE: More than the availability of water, the wastage and careless use of water are bigger problems. So be it use in homes or for irrigation, we have to stop the wastage of water, PM said. He added, “A lot needs to be done to conserve water, utilise it better and wisely.”
  • 12:41 PM IST
    Modi in Varanasi LIVE: In budget, we gave direction to achieve goal of $5 trillion economy and decisions related to it were announced. We have presented the confidence that we have stepped in the field with a vision of coming 10 yrs. We will become a $5 trillion economy in next 5 yrs, PM asserted.
  • 12:38 PM IST

    Modi in Varanasi LIVE: There is a saying in English ‘size of the cake matters’, meaning, the bigger the cake, bigger the slice people will get. That is why we have goal of a $5 trillion dollar economy, PM said.

  • 12:37 PM IST

    Modi in Varanasi LIVE: Elaborating Union Budget 2019, PM Narendra Modi said,”If you saw the budget yesterday, you may have noticed, money allocations weren’t spoken out loud. They were there, but what the speech spoke about was getting to $5 trillion. In the next 5 years, our farmers will have a huge role.”

  • 12:28 PM IST

    Modi in Varanasi LIVE: The country was also run earlier, and also progressed. But now, New India is excited to ‘run’. This dream is linked to us becoming a $5 trillion economy, said PM Modi

  • 12:27 PM IST

    Modi in Varanasi LIVE: Talking about Union Budget 2019 after launching BJP’s nationwide membership drive, PM said,”Yesterday on TV and today in newspapers, you must have heard&read about the goal of $5 trillion economy. It is very important for you all to understand what $5 trillion economy means & how it is connected to every Indian citizen.”