Speaking at the drive's launch, PM Modi said his government will fulfil the dreams of Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee, the founder of Bharatiya Jana Sangh, as the day marks his birth anniversary.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches BJP's Membership Drive in Varanasi. pic.twitter.com/lD7iiB0UAW— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) July 6, 2019
PM Modi mentioned in his speech that earlier he had the honour to unveil a statue of former PM Lal Bahadur Shastri in the city.
Tribute to an exemplary leader admired by all sections of society.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 6, 2019
On landing in Varanasi, PM @narendramodi unveiled a statue of former PM Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Ji. This statue is located at the Varanasi airport. pic.twitter.com/MWFBDzDsnK
The PM also said that his government will achieve the $5 trillion economy goal which is connected to the dreams of a new India.
"Yesterday, on TV and today in newspapers, you must have heard and read about the goal of $5 trillion economy. It is very important for you all to understand what $5 trillion economy means and how it is connected to every Indian citizen," he said.
"There is a saying in English 'size of the cake matters', meaning, the bigger the cake, bigger the slice people will get. That is why we have goal of a $5 trillion dollar economy," the PM added.
Expressing his confidence that India will become a $5 trillion economy in the next 5 years, PM Modi said that his government gave direction to the goal in the 2019 Budget on Friday and announced several decisions related to it.
PM Modi was accompanied by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, BJP working president JP Nadda and the state unit chief of the saffron party, Mahendra Nath Pandey.
Anil Shastri and Sunil Shastri, sons of late Lal Bahadur Shastri, were present at the venue as also Uttar Pradesh minister Siddharth Nath Singh, a kin of the former prime minister.
Earlier, PM Modi arrived at the Babatpur airport in Varanasi on his second visit to his constituency after winning the parliamentary polls held in April-May.
The prime minister then proceeded to launch a tree-plantation campaign -- "Anand Kanan" -- in the temple city, before kickstarting the membership drive of the ruling party, coinciding with the 118th birth anniversary of Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee.
PM Modi had visited his constituency on May 27 to thank people for imposing faith in his government.