This will be the third visit of the Prime Minister to the ancient temple town after assuming office in May last year. The much-awaited tour comes nearly nine months after his previous trip on December 25 last year.
However, his proposed tours were cancelled twice recently because of heavy rainfall – on June 28 and on July 16. Although the sky is overcast in many parts of eastern Uttar Pradesh, causing much consternation among those entrusted with organising the functions to be attended by Modi, the visit may go off unhindered this time since the monsoons have subsided and rainfall in the past few days has never been more than a drizzle lasting a few minutes.
Tight security arrangements are in place in view of the Prime Minister's visit and a team of the Special Protection Group (SPG), which is directly responsible for his safety, arrived in the city on Tuesday itself.
Heavy deployment of police and paramilitary forces is also in place to maintain law and order and control traffic during the nearly seven-hour-long tour of the PM.
The security forces may face a tough challenge on account of thousands of beleaguered "Shiksha Mitras" (contractual teachers) reaching Varanasi to seek an audience with the Prime Minister.
The teachers are upset over the cancellation of regularisation of their service following a recent judgement of the Allahabad High Court, which ruled that the entire exercise being carried out by the Samajwadi Party government in the state was illegal.



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