VARANASI:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Varanasi on a two-day visit, his first trip to his parliamentary constituency after the BJPs oversized victory in the Uttar Pradesh elections earlier this year. 

PM Modi, 67, had camped for three days in the holy city in March that helped give the BJP 312 of the 403 seats, the biggest majority for any party in Uttar Pradesh since 1977. Clutching a bunch of infrastructure projects for the temple town, PM Modi has started his two-day visit to thank the electorate for their support.

A highlight of the visit is the launch of the Mahamana Express between Varanasi and Gujarat's industrial hub Surat and Vadodara, the parliamentary seat that he had vacated three years ago to retain Varanasi. In the 2014 general elections, PM Modi had contested from two seats, won both and later, retained Varanasi.

PM Modi started his visit from a trade facilitation centre for handicrafts at Bada Lalpur, called Deendayal Hastkala Sankul after RSS ideologue Deendayal Upadhyaya. The, centre complete with a convention hall, has been built to give the city's weavers and artisans a marketing platform.

Tomorrow PM Modi will briefly participate in a sanitation related activity in the village of Shahanshahpur and distribute certificates to beneficiaries of the PM's housing scheme and address the gathering.
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