PM Modi addresses public meeting in Palakkad, Kerala

Published By : Admin | March 30, 2021 | 11:30 IST
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Kickstarting his first public meeting ahead of assembly polls in Kerala’s Palakkad today, PM Modi said, “I am delighted to be in Palakkad and address my first rally in the state from here. The people of Palakkad have had a close bond with our Party. Today, I have come among you to seek your blessings for the BJP in the upcoming state elections.”

Taking a jibe at UDF and LDF alliance, the Prime Minister asserted, “For many years, the worst kept secret of Kerala politics was the friendly agreement of UDF and LDF. Now, the first time voter of Kerala is asking- what is this match fixing? Five years one loots, five years the other loots.”

“About UDF and LDF, the youth of Kerala is saying: Different name, working same. Both have their marked areas for making money. UDF has not even spared the rays of the sun. About LDF it can be said: Judas betrayed Lord Christ for a few pieces of silver. LDF has betrayed Kerala for a few pieces of gold,” he added.

Exposing the hypocrisy of Congress and Left, PM Modi said, “In West Bengal, Congress and Left are one; they were partners in UPA 1 in Delhi. The Left continued to give issue-based support to Congress to UPA 2 but here in Kerala during elections they put allegations on each other.”

Lauding 'Metroman' E Sreedharan Ji’s contributions, PM Modi remarked, “A man who has done excellent work to make India modern and improve connectivity, a man admired by all sections of society, has devoted himself to Kerala's progress. As a true son of Kerala, he thought beyond power, stood firm on his commitment to Kerala.”

“The BJP’s vision for Kerala is forward looking and aspirational. That is why, the youth of the state, the professional communities across the state, are openly supporting the BJP. Across India too, this trend is being seen. In BJP the focus is on 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas'. We want to improve the standard of living of the people. Over the last few years, the politics of Kerala is seeing a major shift. This shift is being driven by the aspirations of the youth, specially the first time voter in the state,” said PM Modi while addressing the large gathering in Palakkad.

PM Modi also talked about the BJP’s agenda for the state, he said, “The time has come for FAST development in Kerala. By FAST, what I mean is: F for fisheries and fertilisers, A for agriculture and Ayurveda, S for skill development and social justice and T for tourism and technology. Our government is undertaking many programmes for the welfare of farmers and development of agriculture. For many years, Governments promised MSP hike but it was our Government that had the honour of raising the MSP for farmers.”

“Kerala is blessed with many talented youngsters. Our Government’s skill development efforts are aimed at furthering youth empowerment. After the NDA took office at the Centre, more IITs have been built, more ITIs have been built, the PM added.

Hitting out at LDF and UDF, Prime Minister Modi asserted, “It is about the LDF and UDF’s direct attack on Kerala’s culture. These parties are ashamed of the culture of our land. Their leaders abuse our traditions and ethos. LDF Government should be ashamed of showering Lathis on innocent devotees. UDF should be ashamed of remaining silent when this was happening. I am proud to belong to a Party that has, is and will always defend the culture of our land.”

Responding hard to the opposition’s atrocities, PM Modi stated, “I want to tell the LDF & UDF: Your lathis will not scare us. If you abuse our culture, we will not be silent spectators. Our state unit President Surendran Ji was arrested and ill-treated by the Kerala Government. What was his crime? That he spoke for Kerala’s traditions?”

Urging everyone to vote for BJP in the upcoming elections, he said, “The youth of Kerala want change. BJP assures that change. Thus, when you vote on April 6, vote for good governance and development, Vote for a government that guarantees peace and prosperity. Vote for BJP.”

 

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Srinagar hosted a momentous gathering under the banner of the Viksit Bharat Ambassador or VBA 2024. Held at the prestigious Radisson Collection, the event served as a unique platform, bringing together diverse voices and perspectives to foster the nation's collective advancement towards development.

Graced by the esteemed presence of Union Minister Shri Hardeep Singh Puri as the Chief Guest, the event saw the attendance of over 400 distinguished members of society, representing influencers, industry stalwarts, environmentalists, and young minds, including first-time voters. Presidents of Chambers of Commerce, Federation of Kashmir Industrial Corporation, House Boat Owners Association, and members of the writers' association were also present.

The VBA 2024 meetup began with an interesting panel discussion on Viksit Kashmir, which focused on the symbiotic relationship between industry growth and sustainable development. This was followed by an interactive session by Minister Puri, who engaged with the attendees through an engaging presentation. Another event highlight was the live doodle capture by a local artist of the discussions.

Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri discussed how India has changed in the last decade. He said India is on track to become one of the world's top three economies, surpassing Germany and Japan soon.

 

"The country is set to surpass Germany and Japan and will become the world's third-largest economy by 2027-28," he said.

 

According to official estimates, India's economy is projected to reach a remarkable $40 trillion by 2040. Presently, the economy stands at approximately $3.5 trillion.

He also stressed that India's progress is incomplete without a developed Kashmir.

 

"Bharat cannot be Viksit without a Viksit Kashmir," he said.

Hardeep Puri reflected on India's economic journey, noting that in the 1700s, India contributed a significant 25% to the global GDP. However, as experts documented, this figure gradually dwindled to a mere 2% by 1947.

 

He highlighted how India, once renowned as the 'sone ki chidiya' (golden bird), lost its economic strength during British colonial rule and continued to struggle even after gaining independence, remaining categorized under the 'Fragile Five' until 2014.

 

Puri emphasized that the true shift in India's economic trajectory commenced under the Modi government. Over the past decade, the nation has ascended from among the top 11 economies to ranking among the top 5 globally.

The Union Minister also encouraged everyone to participate in the Viksit Bharat 2047 mission, emphasizing that achieving this dream requires the active engagement and coordination of all "ambassadors" of change.

He highlighted India's rapid progress in metro network development, stating that the operational metro network spans approximately 950 kilometres. He expressed confidence that within the next 2-3 years, India's metro network will expand to become the second-largest globally, surpassing that of the United States.

 

Regarding Jammu and Kashmir, he mentioned that through the Smart project, over 68 projects totalling Rs 6,800 crores were conceptualized, with Rs 3,200 crores worth of projects already completed.

 

He further stated that Jammu and Kashmir possesses more potential than Switzerland but has faced setbacks due to man-made crises. He emphasized the Modi government's dedication to the comprehensive development of the region.

The minister highlighted a significant government policy shift from women-centred to women-led development. Drawing from his extensive experience as a diplomat spanning 39 years, he shared that when a country transitions to women-led development, there is typically a substantial GDP increase of 20-30%. 

He mentioned that the government is actively pursuing this objective, citing examples such as the Awas Yojana, where houses are registered in the names of women household members, and the implementation of 33% reservation for women in elected bodies as part of this broader mission. 

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The Viksit Bharat Ambassador movement aims to encourage citizens to take responsibility for contributing to India's development. VBA meet-ups and events are being organized in various parts of the country to achieve this goal. These events provide a platform for participants to engage in constructive discussions, exchange ideas, and explore practical strategies for contributing to the movement.

Join the movement on the NaMo App: https://www.narendramodi.in/ViksitBharatAmbassador

The NaMo App: Bridging the Gap

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's app, the NaMo App, is a digital bridge that empowers citizens to participate in the Viksit Bharat Ambassador movement. The NaMo App serves as a one-stop platform for individuals to:

Join the cause: Sign up and become a Viksit Bharat Ambassador and make 10 other people

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The 'VBA Event' section in the 'Onground Tasks' tab of the 'Volunteer Module' of the NaMo App allows users to stay updated with the ongoing VBA events.