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PM Modi & 320 MPs Take Oath in the Inaugural Session of 17th Lok Sabha

PM Modi & 320 MPs Take Oath in the Inaugural Session of 17th Lok Sabha

On Monday, the maiden session of the 17th Lok Sabha began with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The ceremony was witnessed by BJP Chief Amit Shah and Congress President Rahul Gandhi among the 320 of the 542 MPs along with PM Modi. During the first day of the two-day long swearing-in ceremony, they took an oath, which is marked by some controversy, slip-ups, and slogan shouting.

With the oath being taken in different languages, linguistic diversity was in full play. Also, many newly-elected members donned colorful attire, traditional headgears, and shawls; similarly, a section carried a saffron look.

Modi set the tone for the business in the House, addressing the media outside parliament before the commencement of Parliament session. He said that the opposition need not “bother about their numbers” as their every statement is “valuable” to the government.

He urged all the MPs to address issues related to the larger interest of the nation and to be impartial in the House.

He said,

“When we come to Parliament, we should forget paksh (treasury) and vipaksh (opposition). We should think about issues with a nishpaksh (impartial) spirit and work in the larger interest of the nation.”

For greeting the prime minister, members from the ruling NDA thumped the desk with slogans such as “Bharat Mata ki Jai” and “Modi-Modi” when Modi’s name was called out by the Secretary-General for taking the oath.

Moreover, members from 23 states and union territories, the union ministers who were elected to the Lok Sabha, including Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Odisha, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, and Bihar took the oath. According to a Lok Sabha bulletin, 320 MPs took the oath, in all.

Another 222 members will take oath on Tuesday (today).

Among the three sessions of parliament, a full-fledged Union Budget will be presented on July 5 in the Monsoon session. And the session concludes on July 26.

At present, the Lok Sabha has 542 elected members.

Moreover, the Election Commission canceled the Elections of Vellore seat in Tamil Nadu as they found that excessive money power was being used to lure voters in that constituency. Hence, a fresh date is yet to be declared.

Modi stated that he hoped for a fruitful budget session during which the government will present the Union budget and propose various key bills while speaking before the start of the Budget Session. BJP’s Virendra Kumar was sworn-in as the Pro-tem speaker before the session’s commencement and will lead the elections for the Speaker of the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

According to some officials, Om Birla, two-time MP from Rajasthan’s Kota will be the Speaker for the 17th Lok Sabha. By swearing in as speaker, Mr. Om Birla will be replacing Sumitra Mahajan, previous Lok Sabha Speaker who did not contest the Lok Sabha elections this year. As the National Democratic Alliance has a clear majority in the House, Birla, who won from Kota-Bundi parliamentary seat in Rajasthan, will easily become the speaker.

However, the election for the post may be held on Wednesday, if necessary. And, Virendra Kumar’s role will cease to exist, once the new Speaker is appointed.

After the ceremony, PM Modi took to his official Twitter handle and shared the clip of him taking the oath with the caption,

“Took oath as a Member of Parliament.

It is an honour to serve in Parliament and I look forward to healthy deliberations with fellow MPs.”

PM Modi Sets Up 2 Ministerial Panels to Boost Economic & Job Growth

PM Modi Sets Up 2 Ministerial Panels to Boost Economic & Job Growth

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has constituted two high-level Cabinets panels for tackling the two big crises that his government is facing in the second term, namely unemployment and economic slowdown. Under the chairmanship of PM Modi, the committees will look into the issues and work on increasing economic growth and job opportunities.

One month ahead of the first budget of the new Modi government that would be announced on July 5, these two panels’ suggestions would surely affect the budget.

In all, eight Cabinet Committees have been set up, which are as follows:

1. Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs
2. Cabinet Committee on Employment and Skill Development
3. Cabinet Committee on Investment and Growth
4. Cabinet Committee on Security
5. Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs
6. Cabinet Committee on Accommodation
7. Appointments Committee of the Cabinet
8. Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs

Out of these eight committees, the two committees on economic affairs and employment and skill development (Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs and Cabinet Committee on Employment and Skill Development) would be directly dealing with unemployment and dropping GDP figures. It is the first time when both of these committees are formed, and PM Modi himself would be heading them.

Besides PM Modi, the Cabinet Committee on Employment and Skill Development also would have HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank,’ Minister of Skill Development M N Pandey, Home Minister Amit Shah, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Commerce & Railways Minister Piyush Goyal, Labour Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar and Housing, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, and Urban Development Minister Hardip Puri.

On the other hand, the Cabinet Committee on Investment and Growth would include members such as Amit Shah, Piyush Goyal, Nirmala Sithataman, and Road Transport & Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari.

One day after the formation of the new Modi government, the Centre confirmed that the leaked NSSO data on unemployment reaching the highest levels in many decades is true.

According to the data that the Union Labour Ministry released in May, 7.8% of all employable urban youth was found to be jobless, and for the rural was 5.3%.

In 2017-18, the unemployment rate was 6.1%, thereby supporting the pre-election leaked report that claimed joblessness to have hit highest in 45 years.

As per the CSO data, economic growth has slowed to a 5-year low of 5.8% in the fourth quarter of 2018-19, pushing India behind China because of the poor showing of agriculture and manufacturing sectors.

Whereas, the Chief Statistician Pravin Srivastava asserted that the latest labor survey couldn’t be compared with earlier ones. He also added that he does not wish to “claim that is 45-year low or high” as it happens to be an altogether another matrix.

PM Modi Extends Greetings to Telangana People on Statehood Day

PM Modi Extends Greetings to Telangana People on Statehood Day

New Delhi: Yesterday, on fifth Telangana Statehood Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to his official Twitter handle and wished the people of Telangana on occasion. Celebrated on June 2 every year, this day officially marks the foundation day of Telangana state.

PM Modi tweeted-

“On Telangana’s Statehood Day, my best wishes to the people of this wonderful state. Telangana is known for its hardworking citizens who are making great contributions to our nation’s development. I pray for the progress of Telangana.”

Further, he wished that the dreams and aspirations of Telangana people get fulfilled in future times.

In one other tweet, PM Modi greeted Andhra Pradesh people saying-

“Greetings to my sisters and brothers of Andhra Pradesh. I pray for the good health and prosperity of the people of the state.”

Apart from PM Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and President Ram Nath Kovind also tweeted to extend greetings to people of the state on their Statehood Day.

Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted,

“On their Statehood Day, I extend my warm wishes to our sisters and brothers of Telangana. I pray for the progress and prosperity of the state in the times to come.”

And, President Kovind tweeted-

“Greetings and good wishes to the people of Telangana on statehood day. My best wishes to all the residents of the state for a bright and prosperous future.”

On this momentous occasion, the capital city of the state Telangana is decorated with festive lighting. The important government buildings such as the Telangana Assembly and Secretariat are all decked up with vibrant lights and flower garlands.

Telangana became a separate state in 2014 on this day after its division from Andhra Pradesh. Following the elections, TRS (Telangana Rashtra Samiti) won by a majority, and its chief K Chandrashekhar Rao was then elected as the Chief Minister.

Narendra Modi Takes Oath for Second Term as India’s PM, Highlights Here

Narendra Modi Takes Oath for Second Term as India’s PM, Highlights Here

NEW DELHI: In a magnificent ceremony at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan (same venue as in 2014), Narendra Modi took the oath for his second term as the Prime Minister of India. President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office and secrecy to Narendra Modi along with his other Cabinet Ministers on Thursday, 30 May 2019.

The glittering swearing-in ceremony witnessed over 5,000 esteemed guests and security staffers. Narendra Modi donned his trademark white kurta-pajama while reading the oath of office in Hindi.

After this, BJP President Amit Shah, Nitin Gadkari, Rajnath Singh, and Former Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar were administered the oath of office. Besides these, the other top leaders who had sworn-in as Union Ministers included D V Sadananda Gowda, Nirmala Sitharaman, and Ram Vilas Paswan, among others.

The list of high-profile guests included international and national leaders and personalities. To name a few, the leaders from the BIMSTEC countries, Chief Ministers of various states, Opposition leaders Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi, corporate leaders & industrialists like Mukesh Ambani and Ratan Tata, and members of Bollywood fraternity were present.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay Tshering, Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid, Special Envoy of Thailand, Minister Grisada Boonrach, and Myanmar President U Win Myint marked their attendance at the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony.

A multi-layered security arrangement was implemented in Delhi for the occasion, deploying about 10,000 security personnel from the Delhi Police and paramilitary forces.

Moreover, according to a senior police official, Quick Response Teams (QRTs) were also deployed at various critical places. Snipers were put in place on top of many important buildings while Modi went to pay tributes at Rajghat, Sadaiv Atal Samadhi, and National War Memorial.

Here are the tweets from the official handle of PM Narendra Modi from the occasion.

And here is the complete list of PM Modi’s Council of Ministers along with their portfolios.

Cabinet Ministers

1. Narendra Modi – Prime Minister Narendra Modi

2. Amit Shah – Home Minister

3. Rajnath Singh – Defence Minister

4. Nitin Gadkari – Minister of Road Transport and Highways; and Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

5. Sadananda Gowda – Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers

6. Nirmala Sitharaman – Finance Minister, and Minister of Corporate Affairs

7. Ram Vilas Paswan – Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution

8. Narendra Singh Tomar – Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare; Minister of Rural Development; and Minister of Panchayati Raj

9. Ravi Shankar Prasad – Minister of Law and Justice; Minister of Communications; and Minister of Electronics and Information Technology

10. Harsimrat Kaur Badal – Minister of Food Processing Industries

11. S Jaishankar – Minister of External Affairs

12. Ramesh Nishank Pokhriyal – Minister of Human Resource Development

13. Thawar Chand Gahlot – Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment

14. Arjun Munda – Minister of Tribal Affairs

15. Smriti Irani – Minister of Women and Child Development; and Minister of Textiles

16. Harsh Vardhan – Minister of Health and Family Welfare; Minister of Science and Technology; and Minister of Earth Sciences

17. Prakash Javadekar – Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change; and Minister of Information and Broadcasting

18. Piyush Goyal – Minister of Railways; and Minister of Commerce and Industry

19. Dharmendra Pradhan – Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas; and Minister of Steel

20. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi – Minister of Minority Affairs

21. Pralhad Joshi – Minister of Parliamentary Affairs; Minister of Coal; and Minister of Mines

22. Mahendra Nath Pandey – Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship

23. Arvind Ganpat Sawant – Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise

24. Giriraj Singh – Minister of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries

25. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat – Minister of Jal Shakti

Ministers of State (Independent Charge)

1. Santosh Gangwar – Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Labour and Employment

2. Rao Indrajit Singh – Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation; and Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Planning

3. Shripad Nayak – Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH); and Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence

4. Dr. Jitendra Singh – Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region; Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office; Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Minister of State in the Department of Atomic Energy; and Minister of State in the Department of Space

5. Kiren Rijiju – Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Minority Affairs

6. Prahalad Singh Patel – Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Culture; and Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Tourism.

7. Raj Kumar Singh – Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Power; Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

8. Hardeep Singh Puri – Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs; Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Civil Aviation; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

9. Mansukh L. Mandaviya – Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Shipping; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.

Ministers of State

1. Faggansingh Kulaste – Minister of State in the Ministry of Steel

2. Ashwini Kumar Choubey – Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

3. Arjun Ram Meghwal – Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises

4. General (Retd.) V. K. Singh – Minister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways

5. Krishan Pal – Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment

6. Danve Raosaheb Dadarao – Minister of State in the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution

7. G Kishan Reddy – Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs

8. Parshottam Rupala – Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare

9. Ramdas Athawale – Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment

10. Niranjan Jyoti – Minister of State in the Ministry of Rural Development

11. Babul Supriyo – Minister of State in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change

12. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan – Minister of State in the Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries

13. Dhotre Sanjay Shamrao – Minister of State in the Ministry of Human Resource Development; Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology

14. Anurag Singh Thakur – Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

15. Angadi Suresh Channabasappa – Minister of State in the Ministry of Railways

16. Nityanand Rai – Minister of State in the Ministry of Home Affairs

17. Rattan Lal Kataria – Minister of State in the Ministry of Jal Shakti; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment

18. V Muraleedharan – Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs

19. Renuka Singh Saruta – Minister of State in the Ministry of Tribal Affair

20. Som Parkash – Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry

21. Rameswar Teli – Minister of State in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries

22. Pratap Chandra Sarangi – Minister of State in the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries.

23. Kailash Choudhary -Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare

24. Debasree Chaudhuri – Minister of State in the Ministry of Women and Child Development

PM Narendra Modi registered a sweeping victory in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019. The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) earned 353 seats out of 543 seats in total in the lower house of Parliament, making up 45% of the total vote share.

PM Modi Discussed Members of Cabinet, Held 5-Hour Meet with BJP Chief

PM Modi Discussed Members of Cabinet, Held 5-Hour Meet with BJP Chief

Two days ahead of oath ceremony, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP Chief Amit Shah held a five-hour meeting on Tuesday.

According to sources, both the leaders were there to finalize the members of the Union Cabinet, who will also sworn-in on Thursday, May 30 with the PM.

After achieving the massive victory, there have been talks whether Mr. Shah would join the Cabinet or not. It is believed that Shah may join the government as he played a crucial role in the BJP’s return to power with a sweeping majority. Although, Shah himself has always evaded an answer to this, saying that he is not in the know of the matter.

Ahead of crucial Assembly Elections in Jharkhand, Maharashtra, and Haryana, a section in the BJP wants him to remain as Party Chief. It is considered that the victory in these states will take the BJP past the halfway mark by the year 2020. Sources indicated that the party needs full attention now as assembly polls in a string of states like Delhi and Bihar will be held next year.

It has been reported that around 66 new ministers may sworn-in on May 30. The list may include some new faces and states like Telangana, West Bengal, and Odisha, in which the party has done well, and are believed to have a great number in the council of ministers.

It is also indicated by the sources that key members from the previous Cabinet like Nitin Gadkari, Rajnath Singh, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Nirmala Sitharaman, Narendra Singh Tomar, and Piyush Goyal are expected to be retained in the new government. Another shocking report came up that a few previous ministers may be dropped this time because of their low performance earlier.

According to some sources, in the key ministries of finance, home, defense, and external affairs, there might be some changes. It has been reported that there is much discussion around the finance ministry. There are speculations that Arun Jaitley is unlikely to return as Finance Minister is unwell. However, a few days ago, there was a meeting held between Mr. Jaitley and finance ministry officials.

Apart from that, no major change is likely in the line-up, sources indicated. Small changes are likely to ensure representation of Bengal, Odisha and the northeast – new zones that have embraced the party but most ministers may stay.

Moreover, party patriarch Ram Vilas Paswan will remain its face in the government, the BJP’s Bihar ally Lok Janshakti Party already passed a resolution. Earlier, Mr. Paswan had said that he would like to see his son, Chirag Paswan, as a member of the cabinet. In an interview with NDTV, Chirag Paswan said that his father could represent LJP in the cabinet.

On Thursday evening, the oath ceremony will take place at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. It will be attended by leaders from BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) nations. The list includes Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Thailand and also Bhutan and Nepal.

According to the foreign ministry, all nations have confirmed their attendance.

Key opposition leaders like Chief Minister of the Delhi Arvind Kejriwal and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee are also likely to attend the ceremony. Chandrashekar Rao, Telangana Chief Minister K, would also be present on occasion.

PM Modi in Ahmedabad, First Rally after Massive Victory in Polls

PM Modi in Ahmedabad, First Rally after Massive Victory in Polls

After the massive victory in the Lok Sabha elections 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed his first rally on Sunday in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

After landing there, PM Modi shared a clip of him paying tributes to the great Sardar Patel.

He captioned,

“On landing in Ahmedabad, paid tributes to the great Sardar Patel.

An icon of modern India, his contribution towards nation building is monumental.”

While addressing there, he said that his return to power was a huge responsibility that the people have bestowed on him.

He said,

“We have to utilize these five years to solve issues of the common citizens.”

He added that the coming years would be about “jan bhagidari” and “jan chetna.”

Later, he showed his grief for last week’s fire tragedy happened in Surat in which several people got injured, and around 22 school students died.

The State Government recorded,

“The fire tragedy in Surat has saddened us all. We stand in solidarity with the bereaved families. May Almighty give them strength in this hour of grief.”

Prime Minister, who landed in Ahmedabad to a grand welcome from BJP workers, said,

“I am here for a darshan of the people of Gujarat. The blessings of the state’s citizens have always been very special for me.”

Instead of an anti-incumbency, PM Modi, who had repeatedly claimed that the election, had a pro-incumbency wave.

Referring to the matter again, he said-

“After sixth phase of polling itself I had said that it’s 300 plus for us. When I said it, people mocked me. But, the results are for everyone to see. It is historic to see such a big mandate being given. The people had decided that they want a strong government again.”

As Party Chief, Amit Shah claimed the party had crossed 300 seats after the fifth phase, and the BJP won 303 seats in the Lok Sabha elections 2019, way above 2014 score of 282 seats.

PM Modi, addressed the people of his home state, which he ruled as a Chief Minister for 13 years, and went gone to Ahmedabad to take the blessings of his mother.

Before important occasions such as elections, apart from the routine visit, the Prime Minister meets his mother regularly despite his packed day plans.

On Saturday, PM Modi tweeted,

“Will be going to Gujarat tomorrow evening, to seek blessings of my Mother. Day after tomorrow morning, I will be in Kashi to thank the people of this great land for reposing their faith in me.”

Further, meeting with his mother, PM Modi shared the picture on Twitter and wrote,

“Spent time with my Mother and sought her blessings.”

PM Modi had said that he had left home at a very young age, in a recent interview with actor Akshay Kumar.

He has said,

“But that doesn’t mean I am not attached to my mother… My life has become such that the country is my family and that is how I operate.”

He also shared a clip of him addressing at Ahmedabad.

“Live from Ahmedabad.”

He shared one more tweet with pictures of him in the BJP headquarters.

He wrote,

“Located in Khanpur in Ahmedabad, the BJP headquarters has witnessed many landmark events. It was from here that BJP grew rapidly across Gujarat and won people’s trust.

My visit to the headquarters brought back many memories and gave an opportunity to interact with Karyakartas.”

Prime Minister will take oath on Thursday evening.

PM Attends a Meeting with Partners of the National Democratic Alliance

PM Attends a Meeting with Partners of the National Democratic Alliance

One day before results of Lok Sabha Polls 2019, BJP Chief Amit Shah hosted a meeting along with dinner for partners of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the meeting as well as the dinner.

According to all the exit polls, it is projected that the alliance will achieve a clear majority in the Lok Sabha and will form the government again.

Apart from PM Modi, the dinner meeting was attended by Shiv Sena Supremo Uddhav Thackeray, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) Chief Ram Vilas Paswan, and Bihar Chief Minister as well as Janata Dal (United) President Nitish Kumar among others.

Further, in an interaction with media partners, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh stated that around 36 allies attended the dinner. He also told that the three who failed to turn up had vowed their support “in writing.” Singh told reporters that the NDA has pledged to fulfill the aspirations of the public and take the country forward, after the dinner held at the Ashoka Hotel.

Singh said,

“Amit Shah and PM Modi thanked all those who worked hard during the elections.”

He added,

“The PM said that the NDA represents the true soul of India.”

He further told that one resolution passed at the meeting termed the Lok Sabha elections decisive and vowed to make a developed, strong, and whole India by 2022. He also mentioned the points PM Modi stressed in the address in the meeting on the need to change the narrative from caste lines and orient it for the poor.

Later, Singh told media partners that the resolution also condemned the clash that took place in West Bengal, which voted in seven phases. In the eastern state, incidents of violence happened during each phase of the elections, where three deaths were reported. And, BJP blamed ruling Trinamool Congress for the occurred violence.

The resolution said,

“We strongly condemn the culture of political violence in West Bengal and Kerala. We are equally concerned with the systematic assault by the opposition on institutions ranging from the CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General), Election Commission and judiciary to the police and armed forces.”

Further, Singh told that in the resolution, PM Modi also expressed concern over the “needless controversy” created by Opposition parties over the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs).

Singh added,

“We discussed EVMs and the Election Commission… it is worrisome for us that they are being targeted.”

After a few incidents of EVMs being transported allegedly without any security were reported from Uttar Pradesh, many opposition leaders have raised questions over EVMs. However, the election commission has called these allegations as “frivolous and baseless.” Leaders of 22 opposition parties also met EC officials and demanded verification of VVPAT slips of randomly-selected polling stations, earlier on Tuesday, before votes are counted.

Nearly two dozen allies felicitated Modi with a shawl in the meeting which was followed by the NDA dinner. The dais with Modi was shared by top NDA leaders: one side by Shiromani Akali Dal’s Parkash Singh Badal and the other was Shah. Badal is Former Chief Minister of Punjab and also the senior-most leader of the alliance.

Union Minister & BJP ally Ram Vilas Paswan, who proposed the resolution, said that PM Modi had taken all allies together. He added,

“We will win more seats than predicted in the exit polls.”

After the meeting, PM Modi took to Twitter, shared the glimpses from meeting and wrote,

“With the NDA family.

Our alliance represents India’s diversity and our agenda is India’s progress.

We are best suited to address regional aspirations and enhance national progress.”

PM Modi Addresses Rallies in Uttar Pradesh & West Bengal

PM Modi Addresses Rallies in Uttar Pradesh & West Bengal

After addressing rallies in Bihar, Jharkhand & West Bengal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi headed towards Uttar Pradesh for three rallies and then West Bengal for two more rallies.

At first, PM Modi addressed three massive public rallies in Mau, Chandauli, and Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh and then headed towards West Bengal to address rallies in Mathurapur and Dum Dum on Thursday.

While heading towards UP, PM Modi took to Twitter and wrote,

“Always a delight to be among the people. Today will address five rallies across Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. Do watch the rallies in Mau, Chandauli, Mirzapur, Mathurapur and Dum Dum.

Sharing a video covering parts of my speeches yesterday in Bihar, Jharkhand and Bengal.”

Addressing massive crowds in all three rallies in UP, PM Modi hit out at the Opposition alliance ‘Mahamilawat’ for building a rift in society while adorning themselves by illegal exercises. He said,

“Initially these ‘Mahamilawati’ leaders wanted to destroy Modi’s image and even posed for cameras together in order to show their unity against Modi, but when it came to naming their Prime Miniserial candidate, everyone has begun projecting themselves as the next Prime Minister, leaving all their ‘unity’ aside. By now, the people have shown them that they will no longer let the Opposition’s divisive model win and so these ‘Mahamilawatis’ have resorted to running a vicious campaign of spreading lies, hate and fear among the people in order to increase their votes.”

Further, in the speech, PM Modi spoke about the recent vandalism and violence that has portrayed much of election campaigning in Bengal this time. He said,

“The kind of hooliganism and violence that has taken place during election campaigning in West Bengal this time is unprecedented not only in its scale but also because the ruling TMC has employed its entire state machinery in sponsoring such violence against the BJP. However, the people of Bengal have resolved to get rid of their corrupt, insensitive and repressive government and will give the TMC’s goons a befitting response by voting resoundingly in support of the BJP.”

For vandalizing the bust of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar at a Kolkata college during the recent roadshow of BJP President Amit Shah, PM Modi blamed the TMC. Then he said that his government was fully committed to Vidyasagar’s vision of peace & reform and will install a grand statue of the social reformer again.

Also, in the rally, PM Modi compared Opposition Mahamilawat’s model of division, hate, and fear with the BJP’s model of inclusive development and also said that the citizens of the country had rejected the latter model and the election results on 23rd May will show it.

Later in the speech, PM Modi prophesied a 300-seat plus victory for the BJP in the 2019 elections and attributed his confidence to the overwhelming support the party has received from people of all sections. He mentioned that instead of focusing on people’s development, the ‘Mahamilawati’ Chief Ministers of SP-BSP indulged in massive corruption, enriching their own families illegally while the ordinary people languished in poverty in their large ruling period.

Further, for rapidly transforming the state’s economy, PM Modi applauded the state BJP government under CM Yogi Adityanath. He praised CM for achieving major milestones in providing access to basic services like sanitation, electricity, water, and housing to the poorest people.

After the Mau rally, PM Modi shared his rally on Twitter and wrote,

“Mau has unwavering faith in the development agenda of NDA. Here is my speech.”

He also shared Chandauli speech and wrote,

“Chandauli is voting BJP because people feel our party offers a strong and stable Government. Watch.”

Later, he shared Mirzapur rally and wrote,

“It’s a NDA wave across Uttar Pradesh. Speaking in Mirzapur. Watch.”

Further, he addressed rallies in Mathurapur and Dum Dum in West Bengal.

He said,

“West Bengal isn’t the private fiefdom of Didi, her nephew or TMC.

West Bengal deserves representatives who serve the citizens of the state, not bow to diktats of a party.

Enough of TMC ruin. It’s time for BJP!”

Watch his Mathurapur rally,

Watch rally from Dum Dum,

PM Modi wrote,

“I bow to my sisters and brothers of Bengal. Throughout the campaign, the affection I have received across the state is tremendous. After suffering Congress, Communist and TMC misrule, Bengal is looking towards BJP with great hope. I assure them- we won’t let Bengal down!”

In this last phase of polls on May 19, 59 seats will vote in seven states and one Union Territory. The states going to polls in this phase are Himachal Pradesh (4), Bihar (8 seats), Madhya Pradesh (8), Uttar Pradesh (13), Punjab (13), West Bengal (9), Chandigarh (1) and Jharkhand (3).

PM Modi in Varanasi Attended Road Show, Filed Nomination

PM Modi in Varanasi: Attended Road Show, Filed Nomination

On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in a spectacular electoral roadshow in his Lok Sabha constituency, Varanasi. The roadshow was attended by tens of thousands of supporters.

Not only Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters but also residents showered rose petals on Modi’s carcade as it made its way through the narrow lanes of the city. The PM waved to people who crowded the rooftops and balconies of houses along the 6-kilometer route of the roadshow while riding a heavily guarded sports utility vehicle. The roadshow started from Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and then ended at Dashashwamedh Ghat.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, BJP President Amit Shah, and some other party leaders were already there in Varanasi to receive the PM and attend the roadshow.

PM Modi landed at BHU around 5 PM where people were lined up on the streets for hours to catch a glimpse of Modi. Before setting off on his roadshow, PM Modi also garlanded a statue of its founder Madan Mohan Malaviya outside the campus first. However, according to officials, the event was delayed by almost two hours. After the roadshow, PM Modi reached Dashashwamedh Ghat around 7.45 pm to take part in the aarti.

Also, PM Modi sat on the banks of the Ganga for about half-an-hour. There he sat with folded hands clapping in between and singing bhajans throughout the aarti.

Later the Hindu scholars at Ghat applied tilak on his forehead.

There at the ghat as well as on the roadshow, PM Modi was greeted with slogans of “Jai Shri Ram” and “Har Har Mahadev” by enthusiastic supporters. According to BJP leaders, more than 500,000 people attended the roadshow and Ganga Aarti.

Also, an alumnus of BHU, Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari who took part in the roadshow in Varanasi stated that,

“There was no space to walk in the road show. It was unprecedented.”

He added,

“Today’s show was bigger than 2014.

Modi was hope for people in 2014. Today, he is their confidence.”

After the massive rally in Varanasi yesterday, PM Modi submitted his application today to fight the 2019 Lok Sabha election from the Varanasi parliamentary seat.

There while talking to BJP workers, he said,

“When a party worker goes out of home, he tells his mother: I am out to serve the BJP, if i don’t return alive, ensure my younger brother serves the party from tomorrow. This is a true story.”

He later said,

“If you are Modi’s soldier, don’t get motivated by those who debate on the TV. Friendship, love is important in politics which is gradually fading away. We need to bring that back. No matter how much anyone abuses Modi, you need not worry.”

Before filing nominations, PM Modi went to visit Kaal Bhairav Temple in Varanasi after talking to BJP workers.

Then to file his nomination papers from Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi moved towards Collectorate Office.

And there, PM Modi met NDA leaders at Collectorate Office. Then around at 11:44 AM today, PM Modi filed nomination papers for 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

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PM Modi Casts Vote in the Third Phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019

PM Modi Casts Vote in the Third Phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019

After encouraging citizens to head to the polling booths in first and second phases, today morning Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Ahmedabad and cast his vote in the third phase as today the polling began for the third and largest phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 for 116 seats.

Later after casting a vote, PM Modi flashed his inked finger to the public while taking a stroll to his vehicle.

PM Modi tweeted,

After casting his vote, PM Modi once again appealed to voters to exercise the voting franchise while standing up inside his vehicle. He also stated that the people of India are quite clever to know for whom they need to vote.

Further while appealing to voters to cast their votes, PM Modi said,

“Like terrorism’s power is IED, people’s power is voting.”

Earlier before casting a vote, PM Narendra Modi met his mother Hiraba Modi in Gandhinagar and also greeted her with sweets. Further, she gave him a coconut with a shawl as blessings for the third phase of Lok Sabha polls.

Also, PM Modi greeted few supporters outside his mother’s residence in Gandhinagar and also clicked photos with them as they waited to catch a glimpse of their Former Chief Minister as a Prime Minister.

Further, when PM Modi rode an open vehicle to the polling station, a huge crowd gathered at the polling station.

President of BJP Amit Shah was already present outside the polling booth with his family to receive PM Modi.

As PM Modi stepped out of the vehicle, he greeted the massive gathering, and the crowd burst into loud cheers. Many party supporters and voters collected outside the polling booth and started chanting Modi, Modi.

Then while the gathering of supporters cheered seeing Modi and Amit Shah, PM Modi picked up Amit Shah’s granddaughter and played with her.

In a short interview with media persons there, PM Modi said,

“Today third phase of polling is underway, I am fortunate that I also got the opportunity to fulfill my duty in my home state of Gujarat. Like you feel pure after a holy dip in Kumbh, one feels pure after casting vote in this festival of democracy”

Later PM Modi also posted some pictures from his Ahmedabad trip on Twitter.

He wrote,

“Sharing some more glimpses from Ahmedabad, where I voted.”

Along with all seats in Kerala (20) and Gujarat (26), voting will be held for five seats in Bihar, four in Assam, 14 each in Maharashtra and Karnataka, seven in Chhattisgarh, 10 in Uttar Pradesh, six in Odisha, two in Goa, five in West Bengal, and one each in Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Tripura.

Also, the polling in Tripura East constituency will be held in this phase which was earlier scheduled for April 18, as also in a part of the Anantnag Lok Sabha seat in Jammu and Kashmir, where the election is being held in three phases.

The Election Commission has set up 2.10 lakh polling booths/stations for this phase, around 18.56 crore voters are eligible for voting for today. Also, EC has made elaborate security arrangements.