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Modi wanting to snatch farmers’ land: Rahul Gandhi

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was accused by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi of wanting to “snatch” farmers’ land and said on Sunday that his party would extend the fight against land acquisition to the states.

rahul_babaAddressing a farmers’ rally here, Gandhi said agricultural land was akin to “mother” for farmers. He said the Congress’ fight against the land acquisition bill was a fight for the farmers’ future and their prestige.

He recounted that a farmer had told him that the land he tilled was like his own mother.

“He told me that (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi is not just snatching our land but our mother. He wants to snatch our mother and give it to someone else, please fight for us,” said Gandhi, who has been taking on Modi at various rallies.

The Congress leader said Modi had said the government would allow the land ordinance to lapse.

“But I know Modiji. What he really says he does not do.”

Gandhi said while Modi had said he won’t kill the earlier Congress land acquisition bill, he had told BJP chief ministers to go ahead with the contents of the bill that could not be passed in parliament in states.

“The fight (against land bill) has not ended. The fight is not for the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. This fight is for the Vidhan Sabha. The Congress will have to fight it in every state,” he said.

Gandhi accused the Modi government of going back on the minimum support price for crops and not being there to help the farmers when their crops were destroyed by hailstorm earlier this year.

“I want to tell Modi (to) listen to the farmers, go to their homes, hold their hands and help them.”

The NDA government had promulgated the land acquisition ordinance thrice but could not pass it in parliament.

The opposition has termed the bill anti-farmer and refused to allow its passage.

With inputs from IANS

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PM Narendra Modi tells Scientists to use science to improve the lives of citizens

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

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called upon scientists to take up challenges in their research for bettering the daily lives of common citizens, especially farmers, help in reaching clean drinking water, solar power to the people, and solving problems such as pollution.

Highlighting the importance of ‘science for society’, Modi said when all “scientists, all citizens, will move forward with this understanding, both the country and mankind will be benefited”.

“To know the connection between science and society, we have to give answers to some questions. Everybody knows the pollution problem due to increased use of plastic. Can our scientists take up the challenge to come up with saleable and cost effective material which can take the place of plastic?” the Prime Minister asked while inaugurating the India International Science Festival through video conferencing from Delhi.

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PM Narendra Modi highlights the importance of ‘Science for Society’. Wikimedia Commons

Modi exhorted scientists assembled from India and abroad for the mega event whether they can take up the challenge to find a better way to store energy or electricity.

“Can we get a solution so that the use of solar power can go up, can we come up with an innovation related to battery and other infrastructure to reach electric mobility to the common man?

“Have we thought of doing something in our lab which can improve the lives of crores of people? Can we find a solution to local drinking water problems and reach clean drinking water to the people?” he asked.

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Modi also urged scientists to ponder over whether they can invent something which would cut down healthcare cost, and benefit peasants by increasing their income.

“We have to think how use of science can help in easing the lives of the people,” he said. (IANS)