Opposition competing in Olympics to deride me: Modi

10/02/2019
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Agartala, Feb 9: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday hit out at the opposition, saying the main job of the 'mahamilawatwalas' is to deride him and it seems they were all competing in an Olympics of hurling abuses at him.
Calling the opposition a 'mahamilawat' (great adulteration) again, he said its leaders are only involved in "holding each other's hands in meetings in Delhi and Kolkata for photographs".
"The job of the 'mahamilawatwalas' is only to hurl abuses and more abuses on Modi. It is as if an Olympics is on to deride Modi," he told a rally here.
Continuing his tirade, Modi said political parties who cannot see eye to eye in West Bengal, Kerala or Tripura are now uniting to "abuse" him.
"They (opposition parties) are dreaming of forming a government in Delhi as soon as possible which will only be involved in corruption, malpractice and nepotism... They cannot form a 'majbut sarkar' (strong government) but only a 'majbur sarkar' (helpless government)," he said.
"The results of the coming Lok Sabha elections will show what it takes to lie to the people," Modi said.
Hitting out at the Left Front without naming it, he said it was not interested in doing anything for the unorganised sector or the farmers when it was in power in the state. Noting that sufficient funds were provided to Tripura in the last four and half years under NDA rule at the Centre, he said the money was not properly utilised due to the attitude of the erstwhile Left Front government in the state.
The present BJP government is taking development of Tripura to newer heights, he claimed and appealed to the people to "identify and unmask" those leaders who had not fulfilled their task in developing Tripura.
"Despite tall talks (by former LF government) about welfare of farmers, it is now for the first time in Tripura under the BJP government that paddy is being procured at the minimum support price. Besides, the recommendation of the Seventh Pay Commission was implemented," he said.
"Tripura, the state that was deprived of development on the pretext of being a landlocked region, is now being made gateway of the South East Asia," he said.
The NDA government at Centre has lived up to its promises of HIRA (highways, i-ways, roadways and airways) model of development made before the 2018 assembly elections in Tripura. The Agartala-Sabroom national highway, the second terminal under construction at the Maharaja Bir Bikkram Airport here, new express trains like Humsafar and Deoghar Express are part of it, Modi added.
During his whirlwind visit to Tripura, the prime minister unveiled a life-size statue of Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur, the last independent ruler of Tripura, inaugurated a new complex of Tripura Institute of Technology (TIT) in West Tripura and a 23.5 km stretch of railway line from Garjee to Belonia in South Tripura.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday assured the people of Assam and the North East that the citizenship bill will in no way cause harm to their interest.
He was addressing a public rally here in the Assembly constituency of Assam health minister and BJP-led NEDA convener Himata Biswa Sarma.
"It is a national commitment to the people of the North East that they will not be harmed in any way and citizenship will be only granted after due investigation and recommendation of the state governments," Modi said.
It must be understood that there is a difference between those who forcefully entered the country and those who were "forced to flee their homes to save their lives due to their faith. Both are not the same", he said.
"We have committed to provide shelter to those who are minorities in neighbouring countries and had to leave everything due to the atrocities inflicted on them. They have come to our country and embraced the idea and ethos of Mother India," he said.
The BJP is committed to implement the 36-year old Assam Accord and a committee set up on the implementation of its Clause 6 is a step in that direction, Modi said.
The BJP-led NDA government is committed to protect the language, culture, resources, hopes and aspirations of the people of Assam and North East, he said.
The prime minister also said the BJP government was committed to make Assam the oil and gas hub of the country and in the last four years projects worth Rs 14,000 crore have been completed.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday inaugurated and laid foundation stone of projects in Arunachal Pradesh worth over Rs 4,000 crore and said his government was giving a lot of importance to improve connectivity in the sensitive border state.
Addressing at function at IG Park here, he said his government was giving importance to improve the highway, railway, airway and power situation in Arunachal Pradesh, which was neglected by the previous governments. Terming the state "pride" of the country, Modi said it is the gateway of the nation as it guards the frontier. It is the duty of the government to develop the state at any cost, he said.
"Arunachal is a symbol of faith for the country as it gives us strength. The people used to greet each other with 'Jai Hind' and I salute the people for their patriotism," the prime minister said adding, India will develop only if Arunachal and the entire northeast develops, he said.
"In the past 55 months, I have paid several visits to Arunachal Pradesh and today inaugurated and laid foundation of projects worth over Rs 4,000 crore," he said. The prime minister said work is going on for projects worth Rs 13,000 crore in the state and alleged that the previous regime neglected the northeast region.
"Compare us with the previous government and see the difference," he told the audience.
Modi added that his government has allocated Rs 44,000 crore for the region which is double of the previous UPA government. The previous governments did not care about youth and border security, he claimed.
Modi laid the foundation stone for construction of greenfield Airport at Hollongi and inaugurated an upgraded and retrofitted airport at Tezu in Lohit district at a worth of Rs 125 crore through remote at a function at IG Park here. The Tezu airport will connect Guwahati, Jorhat and Hollongi. Fruit and flowers of the region can reach any market of the country in a few hours, he said.
Terming tourism as a money spinner for the state, the prime minister said that with the coming up of the greenfield airport and rail network, the industry would flourish and many unemployed youth would get employment opportunities.
The prime minister laid the foundation stone of Sela Tunnel in Arunachal Pradesh. It will provide all weather connectivity to Tawang Valley for civilians as well as security forces. The tunnel will reduce travel time to Tawang by an hour and boost tourism and related economic activities in the region.
He inaugurated the new Doordarshan 24-hours channel for Arunachal Pradesh, DD Arun Prabha. The channel will be the 24th channel operated by Doordarshan.
The prime minister also dedicated to the nation the 110 MW Pare Hydroelectric Plant.
The hydro elected project constructed by NEEPCO will harness hydro power potential of the river Dikrong (tributary of Brahmaputra) and provide cheap hydro electric power to the northeastern states, thereby improving power availability in the region.
Modi also declared 100 per cent household electrification in Arunachal Pradesh under Saubhagya Scheme. He also laid the foundation stone for a permanent campus of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) at Jote.
The prime minister inaugurated 50 health and wellness centers in the state also through a remote at the function at IG Park here. He said under the Ayushman Bharat scheme, 50 health and wellness centres have been inaugurated which would provide medical care to the poor and needy especially pregnant women.
"In this year budget we have introduced a new scheme PM Kishan Sanman Nidhi, under which an amount of Rs 6000 will be deposited to the account of the farmers per year who have only five acres of cultivable land in order to support them," Modi said and assured all possible support to the state.
He said the development trajectory of the state is taking at a faster pace with NDA and Pema Khandu-led BJP government in the state are working in close coordination.
The prime minister said under the UDAN scheme, steps were being taken to provide service of civilian aircraft at a lower cost in the state and road projects worth 50,000 crore are going on which will connect about 1,000 villages.
"In several places of the state, survey is going on for construction of railway lines out and the survey was completed in three places," he said.
The government is also laying stress on power generation and accordingly sanctioned an amount of Rs 3,000 crore to erect transmission lines to be connected in the grid. Modi also laid the stones of seven 132/33 KV and 24 33/11 KV electric substations under Comprehensive Scheme. The opposition Congress held protest demonstration against the citizenship bill during Modi's visit to the state.
A number of Congress workers holding black flags, placards and banners led by Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee general secretary Chera Taya took out a rally and tried to proceed to the venue of the PM's function but were stopped by the police.

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