Modi visits Shastri’s ancestral house

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Mar 2017 08:51:10


VARANASI,

Mar 6,

(PTI),

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Monday visited Garhwa Ghat Ashram here, which has
considerable following among the backward castes, and paid tributes to former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri at his ancestral home.


Modi, who has been canvassing for three days in the district which elected him to Lok Sabha, offered prayers and also fed the cows at the ashram’s shelter. The visit came on the last day of campaigning in Uttar Pradesh.
The head guru at the Garhwa Ghat Ashram has traditionally come from the Yadav caste and has followers spread across the poll-bound region.


Modi’s visit is seen as an attempt to reach out to the Yadav community, which has traditionally aligned with the Samajwadi Party.
The head guru offered his blessings and heaped praise on Modi. Though people expected Modi to make a brief speech but it did not happen and a senior party functionary said it was never planned.


Modi has held a roadshow here and attended a number of public events in the city along with several rallies in the region as part of BJP’s last push for a good show, particularly in the holy city, in the final phase when polling will be held in 40 seats on March 8.


BJP sources believe that Modi’s visit and his public felicitation by the ashram will send out “good signals” to voters, especially the OBCs and the Dalits.
The Prime Minister later drove to Shastri’s ancestral home to pay tributes to him.