Thanking the people of Bihar for the victory of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the just-concluded Assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that it was the victory of “Sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas”.
“If you ask me today about the election results of Bihar, then my answer is clear like the people’s mandate: The mantra of ‘Sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas’ has won. The development has won in Bihar. Truth and faith have won in Bihar,” PM Modi said.
Amid cheering crowds at BJP headquarters in New Delhi, the Prime Minister thanked the people for reposing faith in BJP and NDA. Ending speculations on the new Bihar government, he said, “Under the leadership of Nitish Kumar the NDA workers will fulfil poll promises and oath given to people for development.”
PM Modi said that the BJP’s victory is the success of Bihar’s people. “Bihar’s youth, mothers, sisters, and daughters have won! Bihar’s poor has won, the farmer has won! It is a victory of the aspirations in Bihar. It is a victory of Bihar’s pride,” he said, adding: “Despite 15 years of rule the people have given mandate to the NDA for development of the state, those who thought they can win with other issues have been proven wrong.”
He called Bihar a special state, terming it to be the land of democracy. “Bihar is the most special state. I will tell my brothers and sisters in Bihar, you have once again proved why Bihar is called the land of democracy. You have proved once again that Biharis are aware.”
Attacking the Congress, PM Modi said that the grand old party is in grip of a family but now the people know of it. “Silent voters have become asset to the party and woman is the silent voter which is giving BJP chance after chance,” he said emphasising the role of women in the just concluded Bihar polls.
Thanking BJP chief J.P. Nadda for the victory, the Prime Minister said the implications of the results are far-reaching. “It wasn’t easy having elections. This expands on the results of the Lok Sabha elections. These elections are significant. We have won in the east in Manipur, in the Kutch desert. If you dedicate yourself to the country, try to do something new, you will get the results too. People see the hard work you put in, your intentions. So during elections, people suffer hardships to vote for you,” he said.
Taking a journey down memory lane, PM Modi said there was a time when the BJP had only two seats. “And we started from two rooms. But today we are everywhere. How did this happen? The answer lies in the verdict of yesterday. People are relying on our development plank. Development will be our only poll issue,” PM Modi said.
“Good railways, better airports, bridges, internet connectivity, some will say, are not important in elections. People are telling political parties that this is not the case. This is going to be the basis of development. People who did not understand this…have lost their deposits,” PM Modi said.
In his victory speech, the Prime Minister attributed BJP’s electoral success to BJP’s governance. “When people think of governance, they think of BJP,” he said.
In his speech, PM Modi also made an indirect reference to West Bengal, where elections will be held next
year. Without naming the state and its Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the PM warned that “the killing of BJP workers is not acceptable in a democracy” and those responsible would be punished by the people.
“But today, those unable to challenge us, some of those people have adopted the path of murder of our workers. In some parts of the country they think that by killing BJP workers they will fulfil their ambitions. I do not think I need to warn them, because in a democracy, the people speak,” PM Modi said.
“Elections come and go, there are victories and defeats—today someone will sit in power tomorrow someone else, but this game of murder cannot be accepted in a democracy. By playing with death you cannot get a mandate—see the writing on the wall,” he said.
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Three held with 265 gm brown sugar in Odisha’s Bhadrak
Bhadrak (Odisha) [India], March 4 (ANI): Three people were arrested for allegedly peddling 265-gram brown sugar and cash and mobile phones were recovered from them in Odisha’s Bhadrak, police said on Wednesday.
Additional Superintendent of Police Jatin Panda said, “We have arrested three persons and recovered 265 grams brown sugar, 12 mobile phones, cash and a Scooty from them.”
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Bhubaneshwar (Odisha) [India] March 4 (ANI): The Odisha government cancelled the MoU signed with Vedanta Ltd for constructing a 500-bed teaching hospital for the medical college due to an inordinate delay in project execution, said a release on Wednesday.
According to the state Health and Family Welfare Department, the MoU was signed in March 2018 between the state government and Vedanta Ltd for the construction of beds for medical college at Bhawanipatna in Kalahandi district.
Now, the government has handed over the project to Worked Department and it will construct 650 bedded Teaching Hospital as required under the guidelines of the National Medical Commission for the establishment of Kalahandi Medical College and Hospital. (ANI)
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Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], March 4 (ANI): A school at Godibari near Chandka in Odisha provides education to tribal children through story-telling, songs, dance, book reading and skits.
Bugin Ho, which means a place for good people, is an educational institute for indigenous school dropout children that encourages them not to drop out of regular schooling.
Speaking to ANI, the chief advisor of the school Sabita Patnaik said: “Women workers of the village set up Bugin Ho Siksha Kendra with the help of an NRI woman, Bandana Patnaik who lives in Bangkok for the education of these children. I have taken over the institute in 2012, and have been running it since then.”
She said that besides regular classes, students are given lessons on tribal language, art, and culture.
“We are conducting sessions in the morning and afternoon. It began with 10 to 12 students, but now the school strength is 60, with more girls. In fact, NGOs from neighbouring villages have also shown interest in replicating the model. The school has its gates open for all–both school-going students who seek remedial classes and those out of school,” Patnaik added.
Talking about COVID-19, she said: “During the pandemic, the children were facing issues as classes had turned online. But the institute had facilitated online learning and also created awareness about the coronavirus.
The students are also taught to take care of the kitchen garden in the school backyard. The lessons are taught through innovative methods. (ANI)
Kerala BJP announces state election panel which includes Metroman Sreedharan
Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India], March 4 (ANI): Kerala BJP president K Surendran on Wednesday announced a 16-member state election committee which included Metroman E Sreedharan, who recently joined the party, said a party statement on Wednesday.
According to the statement, the decision was taken with the permission of the party national president JP Nadda.
Apart from Surendran, the Committee includes Union Minister V Muraleedharan, national vice president AP Abdullakutty, former state presidents Kummanam Rajasekharan, O Rajagopal MLA, CK Padmanabhan, PK Krishnadas, state general secretaries MT Ramesh and Metroman E Sreedharan.
Meanwhile, the candidates selection is progressing in the party and a crucial discussion is expected ahead of Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to the state on March 7, where he is expected to attend the concluding function Vijaya Yatra led by Surendran in the state capital. (ANI)
Shakti Mills juvenile rape convict arrested again for stabbing man in Mumbai
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 4 (ANI): Akash Jadhav, a habitual offender was arrested again by Mumbai Crime Branch for allegedly stabbing a man in the Bandra area on February 28.
A team of Crime Branch has arrested Akash, 23 who was convicted in Shakti Mills gang rape case in 2013, along with his accomplice Ankit Naik.
“Akash, who was 17 then, was released from juvenile jail and committed crimes after that. He has many cases registered against him–kidnapping, extortion, murder, attempt to murder,” the police said in a statement. (ANI)
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New Delhi [India], March 4 (ANI): BJP national president Jagat Prakash Nadda will announce an alliance with Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and BTR for the upcoming Assembly elections in Assam on Thursday, said Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state chief Ranjeet Kumar Dass.
“Our national president JP Nadda will announce an alliance with AGP and BTR for the Assam elections tomorrow,” Dass told reporters here after attending the meeting at Nadda’s residence yesterday.
He also informed that the names of the candidates for the first and second phase of elections have been decided. It will be announced after approval from the Parliamentary Board.
A delegation of Asom Gana Parishad, Bodoland Territorial Region’s CEM Pramod Boro and BJP leaders met Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP president JP Nadda at Amit Shah’s residence on Wednesday evening
Nadda, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and his Cabinet colleague Himanta Biswa Sarma met Amit Shah at his residence on Wednesday to discuss strategies for Assam Assembly elections ahead of the Central Election Committee (CEC) meeting scheduled tomorrow at the party headquarters.
In the last assembly election in 2016, the BJP scripted history and formed the government for the first time in Assam ending Congress’ 15-year rule led by former chief minister Tarun Gogoi. BJP and its allies Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) won a combined 86 seats in the 126-member Assam Assembly. BJP bagged 60 seats, AGP 14 and BPF 12 seats.
The BPF this week joined the Congress-led seven-party grand alliance ‘Mahajath’ after snapping ties with the ruling BJP. The Mahajath comprises of the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC), All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), Communist Party of India, the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the Communist Party of India (Marxist Leninist) Liberation, and the Anchalik Gana Marcha (AGM).
Assam assembly elections will be held in three phases. In the first phase, 47 seats in 12 districts will go to the polls on March 27. In the second phase, 39 constituencies in 13 districts will go to the polls on April 1 while 40 assembly constituencies in 12 districts to go on polls on April 6. Counting of votes will take place on May 2. (ANI)
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