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Array Muzaffarpur/Patna: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday denounced Bihar Chief Minister  Nitish Kumar, only hours after sharing a stage with him, and RJD leader Lalu Prasad as he formally kickstarted the  NDA’s campaign for the Bihar assembly polls.

Urging the thousands gathered at Chakkar Maidan in Muzaffarpur not to bring back “jungle raj” in Bihar, Modi  bracketed Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad as he sought support for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies.

Only hours after praising Nitish Kumar in Patna for his requests and suggestions related to Bihar’s development, Modi did a u-turn, hitting out at the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader for the state’s backwardness.

“I was not the only one to be backstabbed by him. The people of Bihar were also backstabbed,” he thundered at the rally, referring to the chief minister’s decision to leave the National Democratic Alliance after Modi was picked to head the BJP for the 2014 parliamentary battle.

He said Nitish Kumar had strangled Bihar’s development by ending an alliance with the BJP and joining hands with former foe RJD.

Modi said there were some problems with Nitish Kumar’s “DNA”, and he cannot be trusted. “The DNA of democracy is not like that. In democracy, you give respect even to your political rivals.”

Modi said Nitish Kumar betrayed the people by not fulfilling his promise to provide electricity to all.

“Nitish Kumar had repeatedly stated that if he was unable to provide electricity to the whole of Bihar, he would not come seek votes again in 2015…

“Have you got electricity? It has not come. But he has come to ask for votes. He betrayed your trust.”

Terming RJD as “Rozana Jungleraj ka Darr”, the BJP veteran asserted that his party would not allow the return of “jungle raj” in Bihar. “This election is to get rid of RJD.”

“Like the Lok Sabha polls, give us two-third majority to develop Bihar. I promise I will fulfil the dreams of the people in 60 months if the BJP is voted to power.”

He promised to provide round-the-clock electricity to the people. He promised a special package of more than Rs.50,000 crore to Bihar for its development.

The rally was attended by all BJP leaders from Bihar including half-a-dozen union ministers and allies Ram Vilas Paswan and Upender Kushwaha. The BJP’s new ally, former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, also shared the stage with Modi.

Earlier, in Patna, Modi lauded Nitish Kumar but targeted Lalu Prasad and the Congress on Bihar’s development.

Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal-United, the RJD, the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party have formed a grand alliance to defeat the BJP-led coalition in the coming election.

Modi made the comments after flagging off the Daniyawa-Biharsharif railway line and the Patna-Mumbai railway line here. He blamed the UPA for failing to complete the Barauni fertilizer factory in Bihar.

Modi said his government’s agenda was to develop eastern India including Bihar. “Unless Bihar is developed, the country cannot be developed.”

Lalu Prasad accused Modi of trying to create a rift between him and Nitish Kumar. “Modi is lauding one of us and attacking another. It is a strategy to divide us. But it will never succeed.”

(IANS)

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India, Canada Pledge To Fight Terrorism In All Forms

Modi and Trudeau also welcomed the agreement on a bilateral Framework for Cooperation on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism that was signed between the two countries

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  • India and Canada pledged to fight terrorism in all its forms
  • Modi and Trudeau also agreed on the Framework for Cooperation on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism
  • Both the countries are looking forward to a cooperative future

India and Canada on Friday pledged to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations while declaring that no country should allow its territory to be used for terrorist and violent extremist activities.

The assertion by the two countries came in a joint statement issued after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau and assumes significance in the context of perceived softness on the part of Canada towards Khalistani separatists operating on its soil.

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India and Canada pledged to fight terrorism together. www.affairscloud.com

“Recognising that terrorism, violent extremism and radicalisation to violence present acute challenges to global peace, stability and prosperity, the leaders resolved to combat terrorism and violent extremism in all their forms and manifestations,” the joint statement said.

“They called for bringing terrorists to justice and holding accountable state sponsors of terrorism, including cross-border terrorism. They further emphasised that no country should allow its territory to be used for terrorist and violent extremist activities.”

Modi and Trudeau also welcomed the agreement on a bilateral Framework for Cooperation on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism that was signed between the two countries.

The Framework recognised the urgent imperative to disrupt recruitment, terrorist movements and the flow of foreign terrorist fighters, address the threat posed by cross-border and state-sponsored terrorism, stop sources of terrorist financing, dismantle terrorist infrastructure and prevent the supply of arms to terrorists and counter violent extremism and radicalisation to violence.

The two sides emphasised the need to deny operating space to terrorist and violent extremist groups.

Framework for Cooperation on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism was signed between the two countries. Wikimedia Commons
Framework for Cooperation on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism was signed between the two countries. Wikimedia Commons

Under the Framework, both sides committed to further develop exchanges and facilitate effective cooperation in the fields of security, finance, justice, and law enforcement, including, where appropriate, at the operational level.

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It consists of institutionalised cooperation between the National Security Council Secretariat of India and the office of Canada’s National Security and Intelligence Advisor, and regular exchanges and coordination between India and Canada, which will be guided by the joint National Security Advisors’ Dialogue.

The joint statement further said that to reaffirm the importance of lawful commerce and the freedom of navigation and over-flight throughout the Indo-Pacific region, in accordance with international law, including the rights and jurisdiction of states under UN Convention for Law of the Sea (Unclos), the two leaders supported bolstering regional connectivity through transparent development of infrastructure and use of responsible debt financing practices, while ensuring respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, the rule of law and environment.

Modi and Trudeau also expressed “strong concern” over the prevailing security situation in Afghanistan and the recent political developments in the Maldives and their implications for free society.

The Two Countries will work together towards peace.
The Two Countries will work together towards peace.

On the economic side, both leaders agreed to realise the full potential of bilateral trade and investment and both sides will renew efforts to expand and diversify bilateral economic and commercial relations.

“They will also intensify negotiations to finalise a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement and a Bilateral Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement,” the statement said. Modi and Trudeau also agreed to strengthen bilateral and international cooperation to address climate change and secure a clean energy future and committed to promoting the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

“The leaders welcomed the initiative to establish the (India-initiated) International Solar Alliance to promote renewable energy for sustainable development,” the statement said. “They urged research institutions and industry in both countries to collaborate to promote greater use of solar technology.”

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It stated that the two leaders “underscored the importance of accelerating the global transition to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy sources and acknowledged that renewable energy is a pathway to a low-carbon and more sustainable energy system”.

“Recognising the dynamic role of people-to-people ties in the India-Canada partnership, the leaders reaffirmed their commitment to address consular issues of mutual concern through discussion between the concerned officials,” the statement said. “They welcomed the expansion of direct air connectivity between Indian and Canadian cities.” IANS