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Chandigarh Rally: Modi attacks opposition for parliament fracas, causes disruption for Aam Aadmi

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source: timesofindia
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By Newsgram Staff Writer

The current imbroglio caused by the opposition in Parliament has now been attributed to “some people’s egos” by Prime Minister Narendra Modi while also saying that he would take the obstruction to the people’s parliament and let them decide on the contentious issue.

“People of this country will never forgive political parties for their conduct in parliament. Some people, due to their ego, did not let the parliament function. This is most unfortunate.

“I have come here to say that the Jan Sabha (people’s parliament) is bigger than the Lok Sabha. I am taking my Lok Sabha case to the Jan Sabha of people,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a public rally organised in Chandigarh.

However, the four-hour-long visit during which the Prime Minister inaugurated Chandigarh airport’s new civil terminal and addressed the convocation of the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) itself created disruptions for the people.

Nearly 200 schools were ordered shut in Chandigarh on Friday even as the police blocked roads to ensure smooth movement of Modi’s cavalcade. Access to critical healthcare services were visibly slowed down with ambulances being directed to long detours to reach hospitals.

The main cremation ground in sector 25, located next to the ground where Modi addressed the rally on Friday afternoon, too was out of bounds for people. Cremation of loved ones could only be done at the cremation grounds in nearby Mohali and Mani Majra.

Chandigarh traffic jam
Chandigarh traffic jam     source: tribuneindia

Later, to address the aam aadmi’s grievances, Modi expressed regret over the harassment and inconvenience caused.

“The inconvenience caused to the citizens of Chandigarh, especially shutting of schools, due to my visit is regretted and was totally avoidable.

“An inquiry will be held and responsibility fixed for the inconvenience caused to the people of Chandigarh,” Modi tweeted.

On the other side, during the rally, Modi raised a wide array of issues afflicting the Indian state and urged the people to question their MP’s before voting for them.

“We are running the government to take the country forward and attain development. You have given us the clear majority to run the government. Without bothering for the 400 MP’s in Lok Sabha, 40 people (MP’s) created obstacles in the development of this country. This was an insult to the democracy in this country,” Modi said.

On the recent decision of One Rank, One Pension for ex-servicemen (OROP), Modi said credit should not be given to the government but to “the poor and common people” and added that though the amount incurred was not less, it was “small when seen in light of the sacrifices made by our soldiers”.

Shifting his attention to the health sector at the 34th convocation of the PGIMER, Modi told the medical fraternity that people were now moving from treatment of illness towards achieving wellness.

Doctors who focus on patients were more successful than those who focus on the disease. Be compassionate (to patients) as doctors. Common people consider you as gods. Address wellness and well-being, not the illness alone.

“Things are changing in our society. People want to be away from medicines. Yoga is one tool to achieve that,” Modi, the yoga propounder said.

Besides emphasising on wellness, Modi reminded doctors about the obligation to their motherland.

“Many of you must have ready passports or have applied for visa. But you have an obligation towards the poor of its country,” Modi said.

Modi made the most of the inflexion date of the convocation with the 9/11 attacks by relating death and life, both choices that we have the power to make.

“To kill is very easy, but to keep someone alive or to give life is more important. You doctors are doing that,” Modi concluded with the inspirational play of words.

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Saudi, India Admit of Putting Pressure on Countries Supporting Terrorism

Prince Mohammad said the relations between two countries were "older than history" and these were "in blood".

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi at the signing of agreements between India and the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on April 03, 2016. Wikipedia

Against the backdrop of the Pulwama terror attack, India and Saudi Arabia on Wednesday said there was a need to exert “all possible pressure” on countries which extend any kind of support to terror activities as they agreed for biennial summit meetings and formation of the Strategic Partnership Council.

However, at the joint interaction with the media after delegation-level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, there was no reference to Pakistan by either leader.

The Prince had just made a two-day visit to Pakistan that ended on Tuesday.

Modi said that the “barbaric terror attack” in Pulwama was another manifestation of the danger posed by terrorism to humanity.

“We agree that to deal with it effectively, there is need to put all possible pressure on countries which are giving any kind of support to terrorism,” Modi said.

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Modi said that the “barbaric terror attack” in Pulwama was another manifestation of the danger posed by terrorism to humanity. VOA

He said it was extremely necessary to destroy terror infrastructure and to punish terrorists and their supporters.

Modi said there was need for an action plan to deal with extremism so that the youths were not misguided by forces linked to terror and violence.

“I am happy that Saudi Arabia and India have common thoughts on this,” he said.

Prince Salman, in his remarks, said that extremism and terrorism were common concerns of the two countries and Saudi Arabia will fully cooperate with India.

“As far as the issue of extremism and terrorism, these are our common concerns. We want to tell India that we are ready to cooperate with you in every way, whether it is intelligence sharing.. Not only India but we will work with all the countries in the neighbourhood so that the future of the coming generations is secured,” he said.

Prince Mohammed said India offers investment opportunities of over $100 billon and his country will work to make investments beneficial for both countries.

He said the relations between two countries were “older than history” and these were “in blood”.

Modi said Saudi Arabia was among the most important strategic partners of India in the 21st century.

“It is in our extended neighbourhood, is a close friend and an important source of India’s energy needs. I am happy that in accordance with your suggestion, we have agreed for biennial summit meetings and Strategic Partnership Council. This will strengthen our ties,” he said.

 

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“We agree that to deal with it effectively, there is need to put all possible pressure on countries which are giving any kind of support to terrorism,” Modi said. Wikimedia

Modi said the two leaders discussed all aspects of the bilateral relationship and decided to take it to new heights. “We agreed to create a structure to facilitate institutional investment from Saudi Arabia. I welcome Saudi Arabia’s investment in infrastructure.”

He said time has come to turn energy relations to a strategic partnership and noted that Saudi Arabia’s participation in world’s largest refinery and strategic petroleum reserve will take their energy relationship beyond that of buyer and seller.

Modi said that the two countries have a common interest in ensuring peace and stability in West Asia and the Gulf.

“Today in our talks, there was agreement on accelerating mutual cooperation and partnership in this area,” he said.

The two countries also agreed that strong relations in counter-terrorism, ocean and cyber security will be mutually beneficial, he said.

He said the two countries have also decided to increase and expand their defence cooperation in the context of their strategic environment.

Modi said that e-visa facility for Saudi nationals is being expanded to boost trade and tourism and thanked Prince Salman for the increase in Haj quota for Indians.

He welcomed Saudi Arabia’s participation in International Solar Alliance.

“Peaceful use of nuclear energy, specially for water desalination and health will be another aspect of our cooperation,” he said.

 

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Modi said Saudi Arabia was among the most important strategic partners of India in the 21st century. Pixabay

He said presence of 2.7 million Indians in Saudi Arabia is an important link in bilateral ties. “You have always kept their welfare in mind and for this, their gratitude and good wishes are with you,” Modi said.

Earlier, the Crown Prince, who is on his first state visit to India, received a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhawan here.

 

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He told the media that the ties between India and the Arabian Peninsula “is in our DNA”.

“With the leadership of the President and the Prime Minister, I am sure we can create good things for Saudi Arabia and India,” he said.

Prince Mohammed arrived in the capital on Tuesday for a two-day visit and was received by Modi at the Palam airport. (IANS)