With the general elections barely months away, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP national President Amit Shah and AICC President Rahul Gandhi are scheduled to visit Odisha this month, said sources in the two parties on Monday.
Narendra Modi will visit western Odisha town Bolangir where he will address “Swabhiman Samavesh” of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on January 15. He will also attend some official programmes on the day, said BJP Legislature Party leader K.V. Singhdeo.
This will be third visit of the Prime Minister in three weeks. He visited the state on December 24 and January 5.
All India Congress Committee (AICC) president Rahul Gandhi will visit the state on January 25 to address a rally and hold a meeting of party workers to prepare the strategy for the elections.
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.
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.