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Gandhinagar, Tuesday: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today called for taking up the mangrove protection drive along the seacoast in right earnest, along with consolidating the growth story of wildlife in the state.

Presiding over the meeting of Gujarat State Wildlife Board here, he reiterated the need to maintain the state's efforts to preserve the diversity and number of wildlife in the state. He welcomed the valuable suggestions of wildlife experts. He specially talked about two projects, namely the Biodiversity Wildlife Conservation and Integrated Coastal Area Mangrove Protection. While the Gujarat Government has undertaken the ‘Lio-Gen Pool' project, its efforts to preserve Asiatic lions has come in for praise by world wildlife experts.

The number of lions has increased from 177 in 1986 to 411 (including 162 lionesses) now, and that of wild ass up from 720 to 4,100 during the last 35 years. The meeting stressed on the need to ensure no harm is caused to the wildlife and sanctuaries.

The meeting was attended by Forest and Environment Minister Mangubhai Patel, Minister of State Kiritsinhji Rana, Principal Secretary S.K. Nanda, Chief Conservators of Forest S.K. Goyal and Pradeep Khanna, Director General of Police Chittaranjan Singh, wildlife experts and activists from NGOs.

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Addressing a massive rally ahead of fourth phase of election in West Bengal’s Siliguri, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said, “The entire North Bengal has announced that TMC government is going and BJP government is coming. Today, the entire nation is proud to see the willpower of the people of Bengal. This willpower is of the ‘Ashol Poriborton’. This willpower is the power of ‘Sonar Bangla’.”

Expressing anguish over Cooch Behar incident, PM Modi said, “What happened in Cooch Behar is very saddening. My sympathies are with the families of those who died, I condole their demise. Didi and her goons are perturbed, seeing the people's support for BJP. She has stooped to this level as she can see her chair slipping away.”

Reacting to the violence in Cooch Behar, he also said, “Didi, this violence, tactics of instigating people to attack the Security Forces, the tactics of obstructing the polling process will not protect you. This violence can't protect you from the 10 years of your ill-governance.”

Amidst the fourth phase of West Bengal Assembly polls, the Prime Minister asserted, “I saw a video on social media. In it, the tourism minister of Bengal who is close to Didi is threatening the people of the state, saying if people voted for BJP, people will be thrown out of the Bengal. Will you accept this language, such sort of threat?”

Accusing Mamata didi for not showing her 10 years report card of her governance, PM Modi remarked, “Didi's goons are not able to do 'chhappa votes' this time around and thus, Didi is angry. She never presented her report card for 10 years. She should be giving the account of her works, her nephew's works and her goons' works.”

PM Modi, who has been relentlessly campaigning in West Bengal during assembly elections, hit out at Mamata Banerjee for her government’s patronage to syndicates, tolabaazs and cut-money mafias during a rally in Siliguri.

“It's time to change the kind of political environment, that has been created in Bengal for past several decades. 'Tolabaaj mukt' Bengal will be formed now. 'Syndicate mukt' Bengal will be formed now. 'Cut money mukt' Bengal will be formed now,” he added further.

Talking about TMC leader Sujata Mondal who made disparaging comments against the Dalit community. PM Modi without taking name said, “The thinking of Didi and TMC leaders is coming out in the open. A video is going viral on social media where a leader close to Didi can be seen blatantly accusing the Scheduled Caste community of Bengal as ‘beggars by nature’.”

In Siliguri, PM Modi accuses Didi for not giving tapwater to the people of Bengal, she did not provide irrigation water in the fields. But the rivers here were handed over to the mafia. Every schemehas tolabazi, every scheme has cut-money. A few days ago in Siliguri, Didi said that her tolabaaz only take 100-500 rupees, what is the big deal in this?”

Exuding confidence of forming the BJP government in the state, the PM stated, “In Bengal, after we form the government, you will be provided all benefits and schemes without cut money. The BJP government in Bengal will work on lines of how we worked during COVID lockdown. The Central government sent thousands of crores to everyone during the lockdown. The BJP government in Bengal will work with the same transparency.”