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Dharamsala: The first day of the Himachal Pradesh assembly’s winter session began on a stormy note on Monday with the main opposition BJP staging a walkout, demanding discussion on registration of a disproportionate assets case against Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.

Immediately after the obituary references, the opposition demanded an adjournment motion for discussing the issue related to cases filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the CBI against the chief minister.

“It’s the first time in the history of Himachal Pradesh that an FIR (first information report) is filed against a sitting chief minister,” BJP member Ravinder Ravi said, as the five-day winter session began in this town, some 250 km from state capital Shimla.

Justifying the party’s demand, former minister Rajeev Bindal said the ED and the CBI raided Virbhadra Singh’s premises.

He urged Speaker BBL Butail to allow the adjournment motion and discuss the issue on which the BJP legislature party had given notice.

However, Butail refused the discussion, stating that the matter was sub-judice.

When the speaker disallowed the adjournment motion and discussion, the BJP members started raising slogans.

As the speaker proceeded with the business listed for the day, the BJP lawmakers staged a walkout from the house.

After the walkout, the house continued with the business.

Later talking to reporters, the chief minister said the BJP always makes a strategy so that the house does not run smoothly.

“It’s a clear misuse of members’ rights,” he said, adding that the proceedings in the house will continue despite the opposition boycott.

He said he had not done anything wrong and the matter was pending in court.

He said it was a conspiracy hatched by former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and his son Anurag Thakur, BJP Lok Sabha member from Hamirpur.

(IANS)

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Benefits Meant for the People Should Reach Them On Time: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

In a month, development projects worth more than Rs 20,000 crore have been either inaugurated or initiated in Odisha, said Modi

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"We ensured everyone gets what they deserve" PM Modi

Pime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday attacked previous governments at the Centre for ruling the country like their “Sultanates”, neglecting its rich heritage.

“Past governments ruled like Sultans and neglected our rich heritage. They ignored our glorious civilisation and failed to pay attention to their preservation,” said Modi while addressing a public meeting in Balangir town in Odisha.

“This criminal error will always stick to the parties, who the country gave the opportunity to run governments for decades. Surprisingly, they have not taken lessons from this,” he added.

He also attacked the state government under Naveen Patnaik and said the benefits meant for the people should reach them on time and must not be used as an election tool.

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Benefits Meant for the People Should Reach Them On Time: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

 

This was Modi’s third visit to the state in the past three weeks and showed the importance that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was attaching to the state ahead of the general and assembly elections.

The Prime Minister said his government was committed to conserving and preserving the country’s rich cultural heritage.

He said his government has been constantly making efforts to bring back the idols stolen from the temples in India.

He also attacked the parties for opposing the International Yoga Day and the construction of the Statue of Unity.

“Some parties were against organising the International Yoga Day. These are the people who did not promote yoga. These people neither understand India nor tourism,” he added.

“They raised questions on erecting the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. But, after becoming the world’s tallest statue, it has generated jobs for people residing around the structure.

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Elaborate preparations for PM’s election rally. VOA

“They were also against changing the names of islands in Andaman and Nicobar islands,” said Modi.

He said the central government has cancelled around six crore fake ration cards, gas connections, scholarships with wrong names, grabbing pension under wrong names over the last four years.

“We plugged these leakages, saving crores of rupees. All ration cards have been digitised and around 80 per cent of them have been linked with Aadhaar,” said the Prime Minister.

“The middlemen used to loot the money meant for poor. We have stopped this. We ensured everyone gets what they deserve,” he added.

The Prime Minister said there are people, who are angry because he has put a stop to their loot and corruption.

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PM believes in Constant Development and Promoting tourism.

Highlighting the developmental works being carried out by the Centre in the state, he attacked the Odisha government for failing to utilise the District Mineral Foundation (DMF) fund in the mineral bearing areas.

“Odisha has Rs 4,000 crore in its DMF Fund which has remained unutilised so far. What has happened to the government? It is in deep slumber. The government of Odisha should ensure that the benefits reach the tribal people.

“Do not wait for the elections. Ease the problems of people, elections will keep coming,” said Modi.

Also Read- Prime Minister Narendra Modi Claims BJP Was Not in Politics For “Divide and Rule”

He said the central government has allocated over Rs 20,000 crore for the development of Railways in Odisha in the last four years alone, which is five times more than the allocation by the previous government.

In a month, development projects worth more than Rs 20,000 crore have been either inaugurated or initiated in Odisha, said Modi. (IANS)