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Prime Minister Narendra Modi had wanted to visit Punjab to the foundations of numerous developmental projects. These included the Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressway; the project of creation of four lanes for the Amritsar-Una section and the Mukerian-Talwara New Broad Gauge Railway line. The PM was, also, supposed to lay the foundation stone for Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research’s satellite centre at Firozpur. On Wednesday, he had tweeted that he looks forward to being amongst his brothers and sisters of Punjab.
Punjab is about to have elections in the near future. This was PM Modi’s first visit to the state after the government had repealed the farm laws. The rally that he was supposed to address was to kickstart BJP’s poll campaign in Punjab. Currently, the Aam Aadmi Party is being considered as the main opponent of the current ruling party in Punjab, Congress.
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While the PM’s convoy was on its way to the rally at Firozpur, when it was 30kms from the National Martyrs Memorial in Hussainwala, it was found out that the road is blocked by some protestors. Later on, the Home Ministry released a statement saying, “The PM was stuck on the flyover for 15-20 minutes. This was a major lapse in the security of the PM. .... after this security lapse, it was decided to head back to Bathinda airport.” From there he flew back to Delhi.
PM Modi’s first visit to the state after he was forced to repeal the farm laws.Wikipedia
The statement from the Union Home Ministry termed the incident as a “security breach” and that the Punjab Government was responsible. There were several comments on the incident while some were of the thought that “The serious breach in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s security in Punjab on Wednesday represents the lowest phase in Indian politics. It is a clear sign of the desperation of the Congress and the level of animosity against the elected Prime Minister of the country.” While other varied, saying that the visit was called off because of a fear of low turnout at the rally.
On the same day when this incident took place, the Kisan Ekta Morcha, which was the official handle of the farmers’ movement, tweeted under the hashtag “Go Back Modi” : “Let’s make it very clear. This is because of huge protest by farmers and people of Punjab that Modi had to cancel his event. There were very few people in the rally ground. Most of them were forced to attend. The rally is cancelled due to negative response by Punjabis.”
According to him, “There was no risk to the Prime Minister." LOGAN WEAVER / Unsplash
A Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana and comprising of Justice Surya Kant and Justice Hima Kohli said: “We deem it appropriate for the time being to direct the Registrar General, Punjab and Haryana High Court to secure and preserve the records relating to the Prime Minister's scheduled tour of Punjab on January 5, 2022... We direct the Director General of Police, Union Territory of Chandigarh and an officer of the National Investigation Agency, not below the rank of Inspector General, to be nominated by the Director General, National Investigation Agency, to assist the Registrar General, Punjab and Haryana High Court to forthwith secure and seize the records from the State police as well as Central agencies.”
On the Friday, 07 January 2022, several BJP MPs protested against the security breach of PM Narendra Modi’s convoy in Punjab. They gathered near the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the Parliament complex. The MPs accused Punjab government and the senior Congress leaders for “conspiring to kill the Prime Minister”. The Punjab Chief Minister, on the other hand, said, “There was no risk to the Prime Minister. .... He is our Prime Minister. If there were a threat to his life, I would shed my blood before his (could be shed). This is how Punjabis are.”
It was found out that the road had been blocked by some protestors. Gayatri Malhotra / Unsplash
Such a security breach of the Indian Prime Minister is of a rare nature. Such incidents in the past, when happened have led to severe consequences. How the incident took place had been different but there had been a loop hole in the security of the Prime Minister. The assassination of Rajiv Gandhi had taken place because of such a security breach. A suicide bomber wearing an RDX explosive-laden belt under her clothes had been able to reach Rajiv Gandhi, which caused his death.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated eight projects during his one-hour visit to Manipur on Friday.
He also laid the foundation stones of four other projects which will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 1,500 crore.
Despite a boycott call given by some insurgent outfits, there was a huge crowd at Hapta Kangjeibung where Narendra Modi addressed a public meeting.
Modi said that most of the projects were delayed by the previous Congress government, thereby wasting more money. “If the projects had been completed without delay, people would have benefitted,” he said.
The Prime Minister said that helicopter services had been introduced for the people and the construction of the Jiribam-Toupul rail line was progressing.
He said that 18,000 remote villages in Manipur had been electrified.
Narendra Modi praised Manipuri women for being in the forefront in all spheres. He recalled how Mary Kom, the international pugilist, had won fame for India.
“It is in appreciation of the brilliant sportspersons of Manipur that the National Sports University was opened in Manipur,” he said.
The Prime Minister said that Delhi was now closer to the northeastern region. He said: “As Prime Minister, I have visited the region 30 times.”
He said the Integrated Check Post at Moreh, the border town of Manipur, will benefit the people of both India and Myanmar in trade and tourism.
Modi arrived at Imphal amid a shutdown and boycott imposed by some underground organisations protesting against his visit.
Normal life was disrupted during the shutdown. All shops, commercial institutes, schools and colleges were shut. (IANS)
- Siddaramaiah writes to Modi for intervention in the Cauvery Dispute
- Says that Tamil Nadu has enough water
- Asks Modi to call for the meeting of the CMs of basin states
The plot of Cauvery Dispute thickens as Chief Minister of Karnataka calls for intervention of Prime Minister for quick resolution of matter.
Siddaramaiah wrote a two page letter attracting the attention of Modi to extreme unrest in the Cauvery basin especially in Bangalore (Bengaluru) city following the order of the Supreme Court which directed Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu for ten days.
“If this continues it would deprive drinking water not only to the residents of Bangalore (Bengaluru) city, but also to the farmers of the Cauvery basin,” he wrote.
Siddaramaiah also pointed the adverse affects of this condition on the future of the country’s economy because as conditions worsen in Bengaluru, it’ll have a direct impact on its IT industries.
In the letter he even stated that Tamil Nadu was in a more comfortable position than Karnataka as the present storage in the Mettur reservoir in Tamil Nadu would be more than sufficient to meet the requirement of water for the Samba rice crop.
In a rather satirical tone Siddaramaiah wrote that ‘state BJP unit had proposed to the government not to implement the order of the apex court.’ He added “However, as a constitutional chief executive of the state, I have taken it upon myself to obey the orders of the SC and the water is being released as per the order, which has created more unrest and disquiet in the state.”
Finally Siddaramaiah asks Prime Minister Modi to intervene directly in the matter and call the meeting of all the CMs of basin states(Jayalalithaa for TN) to resolve the impasse.
NEW DELHI, August15, 2016: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi, father of the nation here on the occasion of 70th Independence Day and paid a floral tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at his memorial here in Rajghat.
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Modi said,“Today on this special day, I convey my greetings to 125 crore Indians and the Indian community living overseas. May this energy guide the nation to scale newer heights of progress in the years to come.
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We remember Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel, Pandit Nehru, countless people who sacrificed their lives so that we attained Swarajya.”
On the occasion of nation’s 70th Independence Day, Modi is scheduled to address the nation from the 17th-century Mughal monument, Red Fort, where scores of VVIPs are expected to be present. (IANS)