Indian PM digs silt to promote “Clean India” campaign in Hindu holy city


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (1st R) participates in a cleaning event as part of Swachhta Abhiyaan, also known as Cleaning India Operation, at Assi Ghat, in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India, Nov. 8, 2014. (Xinhua/Stringer)

NEW DELHI, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) –-Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi picks up spade, digs silt to forward his “Clean India” campaign Saturday in Hindu holy city Varanasi.

On the second day of his visit to his Lok Sabha(Indian lower house of parliament) constituency of Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Assi Ghat, where he offered prayers and later joined a clean up drive.

After the prayers, Modi, who was accompanied by a few BJP leaders, picked up a spade and began vigorously digging the huge amount of silt that had deposited along the ghat after the rainy season.

Speaking to media assembled at the spot, he said that just like the launch of Swacch Bharat(Clean India) Campaign in Delhi, he was nominating nine noted persons from UP to take the drive forward in the state.

The PM also visited the Mata Amritanandmayi Hospital. On Friday, Modi addressed villagers in Jayapur – which he has adopted and wants to make it a model village in India.