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PM Narendra Modi hints at ‘Surgical Strikes’ to unearth Black Money: IDS declares over Rs 65,000 crore unaccounted money in India

The Prime Minister also announced that country's first Railway University will be set up in Vadodara

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October 23, 2016: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday hinted at ‘surgical strikes’ against those who have failed to declare their unaccounted money by the September 30 deadline under the Income Declaration Scheme (IDS).

“Over Rs 65,000 crore in unaccounted money was declared under the IDS, and that too without any surgical strike. Imagine what all will emerge if we initiate surgical strikes,” Modi said at a public function in Vadodara, where he arrived for a daylong visit earlier in the day.

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He said that other than the money collected under the IDS, his government saved Rs 36,000 crore more by eliminating middlemen and directly transferring funds to beneficiaries by linking their Aadhar cards to the Jan Dhan Yojana.

“So, we have been able to collect roughly Rs 1,00,000 crore,” Modi added.

The Prime Minister was speaking at a function to distribute artificial limbs, tri-cycles and other assisting devices to over 10,000 ‘divyangs’ or differently-abled persons. He said that since May 2014, more than 4,500 such events have been held across the country, compared with just 56 between 1992 and 2014.

It is Modi’s fourth visit to Gujarat in the last three months, but the first one to Vadodara since becoming Prime Minister. He won the Lok Sabha elections both from Vadodara and Varanasi seats but retained the latter. Gujarat goes to the assembly polls in December 2017. During the daylong visit, Modi also inaugurated an integrated terminal building of Vadodara’s Harni Airport built at a cost of Rs 160 crore. Spread over 18,120 square metres, it has a capacity to handle 700 domestic as well as international passengers per hour.

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Speaking at the function, the Prime Minister said India’s aviation sector had huge growth potential vis-a-vis smaller towns, tier-2 and tier-3 cities. “Going by an estimate, within five years, India annually will have fliers equal to the entire population of America,” he added.

Modi said his government had for the first time an integrated national aviation policy to encourage the sector that could power huge economic growth and employment opportunities. “Earlier, there was no aviation policy at all; everything just dragged on in all directions,” he said. “Now, we have taken up an expansion mission on public-private partnership to develop the aviation sector in a major way across the length and breadth of the country,” he said.

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The Prime Minister announced that the country’s first Railway University will be set up in Vadodara to give a major technological fillip to the railways sector.

“Our railways continue to operate on the basis of old structure. With technology and innovation, we can change the face of the Railways in India. This university will play an important role towards encouraging innovation,” he said.

Meanwhile, posters of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appeared in Vadodara, crediting him for the new flashy look of the Vadodara airport. Posters with demand to name the airport after former Vadodara (earlier named Baroda) ruler, the late Sayajirao Gaekwad, too came up in the city. A section of Dalit leaders, meanwhile, demanded that the airport be named after Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. (IANS)

 

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The next state polls of 2018 will be an acid test for Rahul Gandhi to prove his mettle as a leader

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The recent clash of BJP and Congress have re-balanced the political scenario of India. Wikimedia Commons
The recent clash of BJP and Congress have re-balanced the political scenario of India. Wikimedia Commons

NEW DELHI: Indian being a political democratic country, houses a lot of political parties. Since independence, many new parties have emerged to take up the fight for various sections of the society. One of the examples of such a party is AAP (Aam Admi Party). AAP came up with strong political ethics to root out issues faced by a commons man but now the very existence of this party is in question due to poor performance and incompetence of some of its top leaders. But the most prominent of all of the political parties in India are BJP (Bharatiya Janta Party) and the Indian National Congress.

BJP encouraged the construction of the temple of God Rama at the site of the Babri Masjid. Wikimedia Commons
BJP encouraged the construction of the temple of God Rama at the site of the Babri Masjid. Wikimedia Commons

In 1980, BJP surfaced from a former party known as Bharatiya Jana Sangh which was founded by Syama Prasad Mookerjee. BJP’s agenda during the 1980s focused on the ‘Ram Janambhoomi movement’. The party encouraged the construction of the temple of God Rama at the site of the Babri Masjid. This issue gave the Hindu colour denomination to BJP and in 1996; it emerged as the largest party in the parliament. After being kept away from the power for long, Narendra Modi led the BJP to unprecedented heights in the last elections and the competition was put up by him was unmatchable.

On the other hand, Congress is a more matured political party of India. It got established in the year 1885. After the independence, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru became the leader of free India. Nehru was the front face of the political governance in India but after his assassination, his daughter Indira Gandhi took the charge and became the prime minister in 1966. Unfortunately, Indira Gandhi also got assassinated and her son, Rajiv Gandhi took up the reigns of the party. In the sequence of assassination, Rajiv Gandhi was the next target. Sonia Gandhi came to power in 1998 and she led the party from the front in 2004 elections. This resulted in the political rule of Congress under Manmohan Singh.

After the independence, Congress head Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru became the leader of free India. Wikimedia Commons
After the independence, Congress head Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru became the leader of free India. Wikimedia Commons

The recent Assembly election of Gujarat was a real eye-opener for many, as the people’s right to vote was seen quite considerably y exercised. The Congress resistance in the very own fortress of Narendra Modi was a heavy blow to the Modi wave that swept the country. Although, BJP had the last laugh in the election results but the close fight Syama Prasad Mookerjee from the Congress side was appreciable. The new trend seems to be rebalancing the political scenario in India. The tussle between the BJP and Congress will definitely go down in the history of Indian politics.

Nowadays, Twitter is another playground for political parties. The rule of social media platforms has pushed Indian leaders to communicate in the same manner. It’s vividly seen that people take up to twitter to express their views and differences. Rahul Gandhi vetted his displeasure over the performance of BJP in the latest series of attacks by Rahul against Prime Minister Modi.

Last month only, Rahul Gandhi was crowned as the party head. Therefore, the state polls of 2018 will be an acid test for Rahul to prove his mettle as a leader. It will be interesting to see the new strategies that will be deployed by Congress to take an edge over their arch rivals, BJP.