Narendra Modi Meets Mother

PM Modi Meets Mother Heeraben In Gandhinagar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a visit to his native state Gujarat, met his mother Heeraben Modi at her residence in Gandhinagar on Sunday.

In a picture, PM Modi was seen touching the feet of mother Heeraben. PM also had his evening tea sitting beside his mother.

The last time Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his mother Heeraben was on June 18 on her 100th birthday.

Meanwhile, PM Modi will cast his vote in Ahmedabad on Monday in the second and final phase of the Gujarat Assembly polls.

Prime Minister Modi held his last election rally in his native state, at Ahmedabad, on Friday, followed by roadshows, over consecutive days on December 1 and 2.

On Saturday, PM said that the people of Gujarat want to continue with the development streak.

In a Twitter post, PM Modi said that he has received tremendous affection everywhere he travelled in Gujarat over the last few days.

“Over the last few days, I have travelled across the length and breadth of Gujarat. Wherever I went, I received tremendous affection. People have seen the development in the last two decades and want this trajectory to continue,” Modi said.

Earlier on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a mega roadshow in Ahmedabad, which as per sources, was attended by more than 10 lakh people.

With an attendance of over 10 lakh, it was Prime Minister’s largest and longest roadshow in the country, as it spanned around 50 kilometres and passed through as many as 14 Vidhan Sabha seats– 13 from Ahmedabad and one in Gandhinagar.

After the high-voltage campaigning, the countdown has begun for the high-stakes political battle to conclude in Gujarat, with the final phase of polling for the ongoing Assembly elections to be held on Monday.

Polling in the second and final phase will be conducted for 93 Assembly constituencies across 14 districts of north and central Gujarat. As many as 833 candidates from 61 parties are in the fray in the second phase of the Gujarat elections whose fate will be decided by over 2.51 crore electorates.

The 93 poll-bound seats in the second phase are spread across Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Mehsana, Patan, Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Aravali, Mahisagar, Panchmahal, Dahod, Vadodara, Anand, Kheda and Chhota Udaipur districts.

Narendra Modi has been Gujarat’s longest-serving chief minister from 2001 to 2014.

In the 2017 Gujarat polls, Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) tally stopped at 99 seats out of a total of 182 seats. The party has been in power for the last 27 years with Narendra Modi being the state’s longest-serving chief minister.

This time, the party under the leadership of PM Modi, Amit Shah and CR Paatil is aiming at getting its highest seat tally exceeding 140.

The state has been a BJP stronghold for a long and the party has set its sights on returning to power for the seventh term.

During the first phase of polling on December 1, Gujarat saw an overall turnout of 63.14 per cent. The voting began at 8 am in 89 constituencies spread across 19 districts of Kutch, Saurashtra and South Gujarat regions.

The first phase of voting for 89 seats in Kutch, Saurashtra and South Gujarat ended on December 1, with an overall turnout of 63.31 per cent.

The results of the Gujarat Assembly polls will be announced on December 8. (ANI)

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Gujarat Assembly Polls

Modi To Hold 50 Km Roadshow In Ahmedabad Today

After a gap of two days, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will once again return to the Gujarat election campaign trail, and this time with a three-hour-long mega roadshow spanning across 16 assembly constituencies for the second phase of State Assembly elections.

According to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), this mega show will cover more than 50 km starting from the Naroda Gam and ending at Gandhinagar South constituency.
The Prime Minister’s roadshow is likely to begin at 3:30 pm in the afternoon and is expected to go on till 6:30 pm this evening with PM Modi making at least 35 stops at the memorials of prominent personalities including Pandit Dindayal Upadhyay, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on the way.

This road show by the Prime Minister is expected to pass through 16 assembly constituencies that go into polls in the second phase of the Gujarat election on December 5.

Thakkarbapanagar, Bapunagar, Nikol, Amraiwadi, Maninagar, Danilimbda, Jamalpur Khadia, Elisbridge, Vejalpur, Ghatlodia, Naranpur, Sabarmati are some of the constituencies that the Prime Minister will cover in his roadshow.

BJP’s chief ministerial candidate Bhupendra Patel is contesting from the Ghatlodia seat.

Interestingly, while the Prime Minister canvases for the second phase of the Gujarat election, the voting for the first phase of the Gujarat election is underway.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been Gujarat’s longest-serving chief minister from 2001 till 2014.

In the 2017 Gujarat polls, the BJP’s tally stopped at 99 seats out of a total of 182 seats. The party has been in power for the last 27 years with Narendra Modi being the longest-serving chief minister of the state.

This time, the party under the leadership of PM Modi, Amit Shah, and CR Patil is aiming at getting its highest seat tally exceeding 140.

The state has been a BJP stronghold for a long and the party has set its sights on returning to power for the seventh term.

The state of Gujarat which has 182 assemblies goes into polls in two phases on December 1 and 5. The results of the polls will be out on December 8. (ANI)

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Modi BJP

Modi Surprises BJP Workers At Kamalam; Enjoys Light Chat

After power-packed campaigning and addressing four rallies, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday chose to go to ‘Kamalam’, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters in Gandhinagar, and spend some time with party workers and colleagues.

While his sudden visit was surprising for many, it was a pleasant meeting for quite a few who spent a couple of decades working for the party.

Sources told ANI that it was a “light and fun” conversation as the Prime Minister walked into the Kamalam office and instead of going into a room, he chose to sit in the open area and on the benches. Initially, only a few people who were working in the party office late in the night came and welcomed the Prime Minister. However, PM Modi asked that everyone who was there in the party office should be called.

Much of the conversation between the Prime Minister and party workers were on how each of them was doing and whether they were maintaining good health.

Modi, who is known to focus on the tiniest of details, even checked with party workers whether their food gets arranged properly, as most of them work at the party headquarters for long hours, especially during the elections time.

A source told ANI that the youth workers who have been associated with the BJP for not long were really impressed to see that the Prime Minister addressed most of the old party workers by their names and even joked with them rekindling the memories that dated back years ago.

In fact, some woman workers who were at the party office and interacted with the Prime Minister also got emotional with PM Modi’s gesture and the kind of love and respect how he had for his party colleagues despite being in such a high office, a source said.

PM Modi spent over 40 minutes in the party office where he was accompanied by Gujarat BJP state president CR Paatil, Gujarat MOS Home Harsh Sanghvi, and party general secretary Pardeep Singh Vaghela, amongst others.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is in poll-bound Gujarat, on Sunday addressed rallies in Veraval, Dhorarji, Amreli, and Botad.

Earlier on Sunday, he reached the Somnath temple to offer prayers.

The Assembly polls in Gujarat will be conducted in two phases, on December 1 and 5. The counting of votes will take place, along with those of Himachal Pradesh, on December 8.

The state has been a BJP stronghold for a long and the party has set its sights on returning to power with a handsome majority this time as well.

However, it faces a stiff electoral challenge from the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which has named Isudan Gadhvi as its chief ministerial candidate.

Congress is also hoping to put its best electoral foot forward to unseat the BJP government. (ANI)

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Gujarat Polls: BJP's Alpesh Thakor

Gujarat Polls: BJP’s Alpesh Thakor Files Nomination

BJP leader Alpesh Thakor on Thursday filed his nomination from Gandhinagar South Assembly constituency in the “Abhijit Muhurat” (auspicious period).

According to sources, the timing of Thakor’s nomination was set as per ‘Abhijit Muhurat’, an auspicious muhurat calculated to bring good results.
Since the word ‘Abhijit’, itself, means ‘victorious’, any activity initiated during the “Abhijit Muhurta” is believed to go well and even bring victories. It is the ideal muhurat (time as per the stars) to initiate any activity, as per astrological beliefs.

Thakor filed his nomination papers in the presence of Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel.

On the triangular fight in Gujarat, Thakor said, “We have no challengers. The Congress does not have any issue to fight the polls on. They only indulge in caste politics.”

After the nomination, Thakor told ANI, “The people of Gujarat are with us. They believe and have trust in BJP. We are working on protection and development in Gujarat. I am sure that the south Gandhinagar people have faith in me.”

On what he would do for the people of his constituency, if elected, Thakor, who is the BJP’s Other Backward Class (OBC) face in the state polls, said, “We will work to take all welfare schemes of the central government and their benefits to the OBCs.”

BJP has fielded Lavingji Thakor from Radhanpur while VJ Jhala has been given the ticket from Himatnagar.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has been Gujarat’s longest-serving chief minister from 2001 to 2014, is the top campaigner for the BJP ahead of the December 1 and 5 Assembly polls.

Gujarat has been a BJP stronghold for a long period and the party has set its sights on returning to power with a handsome majority this time as well.

However, it faces a stiff electoral challenge from the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which has named Isudan Gadhvi as its chief ministerial candidate.

Congress is also hoping to put its best electoral foot forward to unseat the BJP government.

The counting of votes for Gujarat, along with that of Himachal Pradesh, which went to polls on November 12, will take place on December 8. (ANI)

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Morbi Bride collapse tragedy

35 Die As Cable Bridge Collapses In Gujarat’s Morbi

As many as 35 people have lost their lives so far after a cable bridge collapsed on the Machchhu river in Gujarat’s Morbi on Sunday, state Minister Brijesh Merja said, who is present at the incident spot.

“We are really saddened by the tragedy that happened at Morbi today. PM Modi directly called me and asked about the situation and CM Bhupendra Patel is also taking the stock of the situation. It is sad that people who have been shifted to the hospital, of them have died. Morbi’s people stand together with the injured and the local leaders are working to help the people here. The deceased figure has been 35 till now,” Merja said.
The bridge collapsed at around 6.30 pm following which the officials and ambulance were rushed to the spot to conduct the rescue operations.

State Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi informed that the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been instructed to reach the spot.

“It’s a sad and unfortunate incident. Around 6:30 pm, the bridge in Morbi carrying 150 people collapsed. In just 15 mins, fire brigade, collector, district SP, doctors, and ambulance reached the spot… I’ll be reaching the spot too. The official death toll in the matter is seven,” Sanghavi said while speaking to the reporters here.

The Minister informed that most of the people have been rescued.

“We have been able to rescue most of the people there… we are receiving all kinds of help from the Centre. NDRF and other agencies have been instructed to reach the spot. Most people injured due to the collapse have been admitted to the hospital,” he said.

Meanwhile, NDRF DG Atul Karwal said that three teams have already been dispatched to assist in the rescue operations.

“Three NDRF teams have already been dispatched–two from Gandhinagar & one from Baroda–to assist in the rescue operation following an accident in Gujarat’s Morbi city in which several people fell into Machchhu river after a suspension bridge collapsed,” Karwal said.

Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel said that he is cancelling all his events today and leaving for Morbi where the incident took place.

“I am leaving for Morbi by cancelling all my upcoming events today. Direct monitoring of the situation and necessary coordination will be achieved by reaching the site in person,” he tweeted.

Earlier, the Prime Minister’s Office said that PM Modi has asked for close monitoring of the situation and delivery of all possible help to the affected persons.

“PM @narendramodi spoke to Gujarat CM @Bhupendrapbjp and other officials regarding the mishap in Morbi. He has sought urgent mobilisation of teams for rescue ops. He has asked that the situation be closely and continuously monitored, and extend all possible help to those affected,” the PMO tweeted.

Chief Minister Bhupender Patel said instructions have been given to the officials to arrange immediate treatment for the injured.

“I am deeply saddened by the tragedy of the suspension bridge collapse in Morbi. Relief and rescue operations are ongoing by the system. The system has been instructed to arrange immediate treatment for the injured. I am in constant contact with the district administration in this regard,” the Chief Minister said. (ANI)

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Army Chief Hails Indigenous Weapon Systems At DefExpo 2022

Army Chief General Manoj Pande exuded confidence in the indigenous weapon systems and said that these equipment were of world-class quality.

His remarks came while addressing media persons at the DefExpo 2022 in Gujarat’s Gandhinagar today.
“Whatever has been produced ingeniously is as good as what’s available in the world market. The Russia-Ukraine conflict has given us profound lessons, told us you need to be self-reliant and not depend on any global supply chains to the extent possible,” General Pande told ANI.

He also highlighted the projects and types of equipment that were in the pipeline.

“For our Make I projects, there are 2-3 major projects we’re looking at including light tanks, Future-ready Combat Vehicles and Future Infantry Combat Vehicles. These are partially funded by the government. In the Make II category, we’ve 43 projects, in which about 187 industries are participating, these amount to Rs 27,000 crore and largely pertain to improving our intelligence, and surveillance capabilities. We are also looking at projects in artificial intelligence,” he added.

The Army Chief hailed the Made-in-India strategic defence equipment and stressed, “We can absolutely and undoubtedly win the wars of the future with indigenous weapon systems. All new ingeniously developed technology has performed well in our forward areas. The advantage of all this being indigenous is sustenance becomes easier.”

With an aim to give impetus to the defence sector, India’s “biggest ever” defence exhibition – DefExpo 2022 – began in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on October 18.

This is the 12th edition of the event organised on the theme ‘Path to Pride’.

Addressing the curtain raiser press conference in Gandhinagar on Monday, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, that the DefExpo 2022 will showcase the growing prowess of the domestic defence industry, calling it one of the major drivers of the nation’s resolve to achieve ‘Make in India, Make for the World’.

“The biennial exhibition has been organised to support, showcase and forge partnerships for the Indian aerospace and defence manufacturing sectors with Indian as well as global customers to achieve the overall objective of catering to domestic requirements while fulfilling the needs of friendly foreign countries,” Rajnath Singh said.

The Defence Minister termed DefExpo 2022, exclusively for Indian companies, as a humble tribute of an ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ to Mahatma Gandhi who he called the “pillar of the Swadeshi movement”. (ANI)

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Gujarat Modi Ration Scheme

Gujarat: Modi Extends Free Ration Scheme For 80 Cr People

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday extended the free ration scheme to the general masses and said that the move will help over 80 crore people.

His remarks came after he laid the foundation stone of multiple projects in Ambaji, Gujarat, today.
“To help my sisters during this festive season, the government has extended its free ration scheme. The centre is spending about Rs 4 lakh crore to provide relief to more than 80 crore people of the country in difficult times,” said PM Modi.

He also stressed the building of houses for the poor and said, “So far, we have built more than 3 crore houses in the country and given them to the poor. Most of these houses are owned by mothers and sisters.”

Calling it an auspicious time to visit his home state, he noted, “Fortunate to be in Ambaji during Navratri. Projects being launched here will have a transformational impact on the region.”

He also highlighted that the picture of the northwestern region has changed.

“The picture of Banaskantha has changed due to the continuous efforts of the last two decades.” Neer, Sujalam-Sufalam, and Drip Irrigation of Narmada have played a big role in changing the situation. In this, the role of sisters has been leading,” he added.

He also cited that the concept of respecting women was embedded in the Indian culture.

“When we talk about respect for women, it seems very easy for us. But when we think about it seriously, we find how much respect for women is embedded in our culture. We also see our country India as a mother, and consider ourselves the children of Mother Bharati,” said PM Modi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday laid the foundation stone and dedicated various projects worth over Rs 7,200 crore in Ambaji.

Thousands of people thronged the event and cheered as PM Modi digitally pressed the launch.

The programmes in Ambaji included laying the foundation stone of over 45,000 houses built under the PM Awas Yojana. Prime Minister Modi will also lay the foundation stone of Taranga Hill – Ambaji – Abu Road New Broad Gauge Line and development of pilgrimage facilities at Ambaji temple under the PRASAD scheme.

The new rail line is expected to benefit lakhs of devotees visiting Ambaji, one of the 51 Shakti Peethas, and will enrich the worship experience of the devotees at all these pilgrimage places. Other projects whose foundation stone will be laid include the construction of the runway and associated infrastructure at Air Force Station, Deesa; Ambaji Bypass Road, among others.

Earlier, zeal and fervour echoed in the streets of Ambaji in Gujarat when Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a roadshow on Friday.

Thousands of people thronged the area as they raised slogans.

PM Modi’s convoy was welcomed with flower petals being showered on his car while the security detail was seen clearing out the pieces and way.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s convoy made way for an ambulance.

The car trails stopped in alignment on one side of the road for an easy passage of the ambulance as the convoy was on its way to Gandhinagar from Ahmedabad. (ANI)

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Gujarat Archbishop warns of 'nationalist' takeover

Cautioning that nationalist forces, or narrow-minded people, were on the verge of taking over the country, Gandhinagar Archbishop Thomas Macwan has asked Bishops across the country to hold prayers for victory of such persons in the Gujarat elections who remain faithful to the Constitution. As for his take on “nationalist forces”, he said he was only referring to persons who are narrow-minded on the issue of nationalism. The elections to the 182-member Gujarat assembly would be held on December 9 and 14. Results will be declared on December 18, along with those of Himachal assembly. In his letter to the Bishops, Macwan wrote: “The Gujarat election results are significant and will influence the future course of our country. The secular and democratic fabric of our country is at stake. Human rights are violated and constitutional rights trampled upon. “There is a growing sense of insecurity among the (religious) minorities, Other Backward Castes, Scheduled Castes and the poor. The nationalist forces are on the verge of taking over the country. “The Bishops of Gujarat request you to organise prayer services in your respective perishes and convents so that we may have such people elected in the Gujarat assembly who would remain faithful to the Indian Constitution and respect every human being without any sort of discrimination.” When contacted on Thursday, Macwan told IANS: “By so-called nationalist forces, I just referred to all those who are narrow-minded in their thinking about nationalism. They are narrow-minded in terms of language, caste, creed, religion, and financial status. And that’s why I have written that letter. There is no controversy whatsoever. I have asked the Bishops to pray for the country’s betterment, that’s all.”

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