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‘Chowkidar’ Will Be Ever Alert, Keep Catching Thieves: PM Narendra Modi

Earlier, he said that the upper castes quota bill passed by the Lok Sabha on Tuesday was a "historic decision" and a slap on the face of those spreading lies and indulging in 'minority quota politics

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Narendra Modi.(Wikimedia Commons)

Kicking off the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Lok Sabha campaign in Maharashtra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday targeted the Congress, accusing it of corruption and warned that “this Chowkidar (watchman) will never sleep and continue to catch thieves”.

“Should the ‘chowkidar’ go ahead courageously or not? He never sleeps. However dark it may be, he goes to catch thieves. It is your blessings which gives him the strength to do this and he (chowkidar) will continue undeterred in the fight against graft. He will make them accountable for every paise belonging to the country,” Modi thundered at a public rally.

“Those who believed that power was their ‘dynastic right’ are now in the docks facing various corruption charges, ranging from tax evasion to commissions in defence deals. Our government has stopped all this. They are panicky and trying to scare me,” Modi said.

He said the recently deported James Christian Michel had made many “shocking revelations” and according to media reports he was also lobbying for other companies’ fighter jets.

“Now, we have to investigate how the Congress is involved in all this. They are spreading lies about me and trying to scare me, but this is Modi and he is made of different material altogether,” Modi said, appealing for public support to his war against corruption.

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‘Chowkidar’ will be ever alert, keep catching thieves: Modi. VOA

Earlier, he said that the upper castes quota bill passed by the Lok Sabha on Tuesday was a “historic decision” and a slap on the face of those spreading lies and indulging in ‘minority quota politics.’

“Lies were being spread that the reservations available to Dalits, tribals and OBCs were sought to be removed… by those playing ‘minority quota politics’. But we have ensured that none of these are disturbed and given an additional 10 percent. This is a fitting reply to those spreading canards,” said Modi.

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Narendra Modi also discussed at length the various achievements and development initiatives of the BJP government in the past four years as compared to the “previous (UPA) government which was remote-controlled” and hence its decisions remained merely on paper.

Arriving in Solapur on Wednesday, he laid the foundation stones for a 30,000 unit housing project for the poor and a combined project to improve water supply and sanitation under the Area Based Development of Solapur Smart City, inaugurated a 58-km long stretch of the National Highway No 52 linking Solapur-Tuljapur-Osmanabad and unveiled an underground sewerage system and three sewage treatment plants. (IANS)

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PM Narendra Modi Hails India’s Position in Astronomy in Mann ki Baat

Referring to the contributions of astronomy centres in places like Pune and Ooty, the prime minister commended the strides the nation has taken in the field

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Prime Minister Modi tells scientists that science and technology should be used to bettering the lives of citizens. Wikimedia Commons

Speaking about the last solar eclipse of the year which happened on December 26, the prime minister Narendra Modi recalled India’s mastery over astronomy since ancient times.

In his Mann Ki Baat address to the nation, the Prime Minister mentioned the request from Ripun who hails from the northeast but is staying now in south India because of his job.

The prime minister mentioned Ripun for his request to find ways to popularise astronomy in rural areas of the country.

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks to the media inside the parliament premises on the first day of the winter session in New Delhi, India. VOA

Referring to the contributions of astronomy centres in places like Pune and Ooty, the prime minister commended the strides the nation has taken in the field.

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“The eclipse reminds us that that we are travelling in space while residing on the earth…. Friends, India has an ancient and glorious history of astronomy. Our connection with the twinkling stars in the sky is as old as our civilisation. Many of you might be aware that at various places in India, there are magnificent observatories (Jantar Mantars) – which are worth seeing. And these observatories have a deep bond with astronomy. Who doesn’t know about the prodigious talent of the great Aryabhatta,” PM said. (IANS)