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No dent in Narendra Modi’s image: Rajnath Singh

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Patna: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s image has not dented, at least not in Bihar, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday, and added that the BJP is confident of forming the next government in the state.

Modi enjoys the same appeal as he did when he led the Bharatiya Janata Party to an emphatic victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Bihar included, the minister said in an interview here.

Narendra modi“I am campaigning in the whole of Bihar. I see no dent in the prime minister’s image. The people of Bihar still have confidence in him,” Singh said.

Rajnath Singh also said that it was due to the BJP’s “generosity” that Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Nitish Kumar became the chief minister at the head of a BJP-JD-U government in 2005 although the BJP had won more seats than the JD-U in assembly elections.

The BJP accepted the leadership of Nitish Kumar only because it wanted Bihar to develop economically.

“The BJP sacrificed power for stability in Bihar by appointing Nitish Kumar as chief minister in 2005 despite winning more seats as compared to JD-U,” Singh said.

“Janata hamari is dariyadili ko janati hai (People know of this magnanimity on our part),” he added.

But the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister alleged that Nitish Kumar became arrogant after taking office.

Rajnath Singh, a former BJP president who played a key role in declaring Narendra Modi the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, said: “Since Modi started campaigning in Bihar, the scenario has changed. We are strong contenders for forming the government in the state.”

He criticised the JD-U and RJD leader Lalu Prasad for harping on caste issues.

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“Election is a festival of democracy. The prime issue must be development related. But ‘Mahagatbandhan’ (Grand Alliance) is raising issues of beef and caste. These are tactics aimed at diverting from real issues.”

“It is clear they have no major issue to get people’s support,” he added.

The former BJP president said people no more voted on caste lines. Now they needed governments that can provide good governance.

“BJP-ruled Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat are prime examples of this. While voting, people see performance of state governments. They even judge the performance of the central government.”

“No corruption issue has surfaced in the central government. Globally, our government is scaling new heights with every foreign visit of the prime minister. People are also judging these issues.”

Asked about the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate in Bihar, Rajnath Singh said: “We decided not to project any leader as chief ministerial candidate.”

“This does not mean we have dearth of leaders in the state. There are lots of capable leaders. When the time comes, our parliamentary board will take the right decision.”

(Brajendra Nath Singh, 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)