Speaking at an event in Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, his parliamentary constituency, Modi said, “Earlier, we had no idea what he (Gandhi) was made of, now we know. He is learning the art of speaking. I am very happy for him. If he had not spoken, the country would have had to bear the burden of his.”
Continuing, Modi said former PM Manmohan Singh had wondered how technology could be used in India, where 50 per cent of the population was poor? Was he giving his report card or mine?”
Stringent security arrangements were made for Modi’s visit to Varanasi where he will spend not more than five hours. More than 5,000 security personnel have been pressed into service.
Apart from laying the foundation stone for Pt Madan Mohan Malviya Cancer Centre and Centenary Super Speciality Hospital, Modi will also inaugurate a Trade Facilitation Centre and Crafts Museum and other schemes during his Varanasi visit.
Meanwhile, competing with him is Chief Minister Akhilesh Kumar Yadav who is now on an unveiling spree. He will unveil the Varuna riverfront project and lay the foundation stone of the Poorvanchal Expressway, before the model code of conduct comes into place.
Meanwhile, taking potshots at Gandhi, the BJP said that it was a pity that he was now competing with Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal just to be in the limelight.