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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held a public meeting in Vedaranyam town of Tamil Nadu. Speaking at the event, Shri Narendra Modi thanked the people of Vedaranyam for attending the rally in huge numbers. He added that Tamil Nadu wished to see a change from the two alternatives that have been ruling the state over the years.

The Prime Minister said that BJP wanted to take the state to newer heights of progress. “All over India, wherever BJP has formed Governments, the focus has been only on one thing and that is development”, he added further. The PM stated that for BJP, only development was the agenda with a focus on transforming lives of the poor and the marginalised by providing them with basic amenities like 24/7 power supply, good education and health facilities.

The Prime Minister spoke about several initiatives of the NDA Government. He mentioned how the fishermen in Varanasi were benefitted with the introduction of e-boats. He highlighted about the Mudra Yojana that was enabling the budding entrepreneurs become self-reliant and Government’s Crop Insurance Scheme was safeguarding the interests of the farmers and empowering them. The PM also spoke about the Sagarmala Project aimed at transforming the coasts and ports.

Shri Narendra Modi shed light on Centre’s efforts towards release of five fishermen who were stuck in Sri Lankan jails. “We deliberated with the Sri Lankan Government and brought back five youth stuck in Sri Lankan jails for years”, he added.

Taking a jibe at previous UPA government at Centre, Shri Modi alleged that they were indulged in acts of corruption. “When the previous Government was in power there were so many instances of corruption. Even coal wasn't spared. Then there was 2G spectrum scam”, the PM said. He mentioned how it involved leaders from prominent parties. The PM stated clearly that the upcoming state elections were about protecting Tamil Nadu from the trap of corruption.

The Prime Minister said that the BJP was dedicated to well-being of the people of Tamil Nadu and wanted the state to prosper and add to India’s growth. He urged people of the state to turn out in large numbers and elect a BJP Government.

Several Party karyakartas and BJP Tamil Nadu leaders were present at the occasion.

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INDIA-EU LEADERS' MEETING
May 08, 2021
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At the invitation of the President of the European Council Mr. Charles Michel, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi participated in the India-EU Leaders’ Meeting today.

The meeting was held in a hybrid format with the participation of leaders of all the 27 EU Member States as well as the President of the European Council and the European Commission. This is the first time that the EU hosted a meeting with India in the EU+27 format. The meeting was the initiative of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

During the meeting, the leaders expressed their desire to further strengthen the India-EU Strategic Partnership based on a shared commitment to democracy, fundamental freedoms, rule of law and multilateralism. They exchanged views on three key thematic areas: i) foreign policy and security; ii) COVID-19, climate and environment; and iii) trade, connectivity and technology. They discussed forging closer cooperation on combating the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recovery, tackling climate change, and reforming multilateral institutions. India appreciated the prompt assistance provided by the EU and its member states to combat its second COVID wave.

The leaders welcomed the decision to resume negotiations for balanced and comprehensive free trade and investment agreements. Negotiations on both the Trade and Investment Agreements will be pursued on parallel tracks with an intention to achieve early conclusion of both agreements together. This is a major outcome which will enable the two sides to realise the full potential of the economic partnership. India and the EU also announced dedicated dialogues on WTO issues, regulatory cooperation, market access issues and supply chain resilience, demonstrating the desire to deepen and further diversify economic engagement.

India and the EU launched an ambitious and comprehensive ‘Connectivity Partnership’ which is focused on enhancing digital, energy, transport and people-to-people connectivity. The Partnership is based on the shared principles of social, economic, fiscal, climate and environmental sustainability, and respect for international law and commitments. The Partnership will catalyse private and public financing for connectivity projects. It will also foster new synergies for supporting connectivity initiatives in third countries, including in the Indo-Pacific.

India and the EU leaders reiterated their commitment to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement and agreed to strengthen joint efforts for mitigation, adaptation and resilience to the impacts of climate change, as well as providing means of implementation including finance in the context of COP26. India welcomed the EU’s decision to join CDRI.

India and the EU also agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation on digital and emerging technologies such as 5G, AI, Quantum and High-Performance Computing including through the early operationalization of the Joint Task Force on AI and the Digital Investment Forum.

The leaders noted with satisfaction the growing convergences on regional and global issues, including counterterrorism, cybersecurity and maritime cooperation. The leaders acknowledged the importance of a free, open, inclusive and rules-based Indo-Pacific and agreed to closely engage in the region, including in the context of India’s Indo-Pacific Ocean’s Initiative and the EU’s new strategy on the Indo-Pacific.

Coinciding with the Leaders’ Meeting, an India-EU Business Roundtable was organised to highlight the avenues for cooperation in climate, digital and healthcare. A finance contract of Euro 150 million for the Pune Metro Rail Project was signed by the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, and European Investment Bank.

India-EU Leaders Meeting has set a significant milestone by providing a new direction to the Strategic Partnership and giving a fresh impetus for implementing the ambitious India-EU Roadmap 2025 adopted at the 15th India-EU Summit held in July 2020.