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PM Narendra Modi cleans Assi Ghat in Varanasi

VARANASI: Bringing Swachh Bharat campaign to his Lok Sabha constituency, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday wielded a spade to remove silt deposited along the banks of Ganga and nominated nine persons, including chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, to carry forward the cleanliness drive in UP.

Modi arrived at the Assi Ghat where he climbed down three stairs and worked through an uneven muddy track to reach a makeshift stage where five priests were waiting for the Prime Minister to assist him in a special Ganga puja.

narendra-modi-assi-ghat-spade-pib-360_635510457200289935Speaking to media persons assembled at the spot, he said that just like the launch of Swacch Bharat Campaign in Delhi on Gandhi Jayanti, he was nominating nine noted persons from UP to take the drive forward in the state.

Besides the Uttar Pradesh chief minister, those nominated by Modi include Bhojpuri actor Manoj Tiwari, Sufi singer Kailash Kher, comedian Raju Srivastava, cricketers Mohd Kaif and Suresh Raina, Chancellor of University of Blind at Chitrakoot Swami Ram Bhadracharya, Sanskrit scholar Devi Prakash Dwivedi and writer Manu Sharma.

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