Varanasi, March 6: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday left the stage at Garhwaghat Ashram without addressing people due to short circuit on the last day of campaigning for the seventh phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017. As per a report in ETV, just before the address of the Prime Minister, a short circuit happened due to which the mic on the stage stopped working. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been camping in Varanasi since Saturday. Also Read - On Call, PM Modi Discusses COVID-19 Situation With French President Macron
Earlier in the day, on his third day in Varanasi, the Prime Minister visited the Garhwaghat Ashram where he went on the stage but, left without addressing the gathering. He also offered prayers and met Mahant Sharananand of Garhwaghat Ashram in Varanasi. Pushing the campaign even further, PM Modi also met Yadav community leader at the Garhwaghat Ashram. (Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017 LIVE news updates)
After leaving the Garhwaghat Ashram, PM Narendra Modi’s cavalcade moved towards the ancestral home of Lal Bahadur Shastri in Rampur where he paid floral tributes at the entrance. PM Modi was also felicitated by Shastri’s family.
Earlier on Saturday, the Prime Minister carried out a roadshow in Varanasi and also addressed a public meeting. Modi visited the Kaal Bhairav temple and Kashi Vishwanath temple on Saturday morning. His cavalcade passed from Madanpura, a Muslim-dominated area in Varanasi, where he was welcomed with flowers and shawls which he accepted by stopping his car.
On Sunday, Modi hit out at the Congress, Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party after he concluded his roadshow. Modi addressed a public rally in Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith in Varanasi where he said, “Samajwadi Party, BSP and Congress Party believe in ‘kuch ka saath kuch ka vikas‘. Whereas BJP’s principle of governance is ‘sabka saath sabka vikas’. (For full coverage on Assembly elections 2017 CLICK HERE)
“When other governments were in power at the Centre, questions were asked – How much money was lost (in the scams), now people ask a question to me – What has come back,” Modi questioned.
On the other hand Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav are scheduled to address a joint press conference in Varanasi. The two also held a parallel roadshow in Varanasi and attracted huge crowds.
The seven-phased Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017 began on February 11. The last phase will be held on March 8. The first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth phase of polls were held on February 11, 15, 18, 23, 27 and March 4, respectively. The first four phases of the polls witnessed over 60 per cent of voter turnout whereas, the fifth phase recorded a turnout of 57.4 per cent and sixth witnessed 57.03 per cent turnout. The counting of votes in the state will be held on March 11.