“Venkaiah ji’s quality of always staying active and engaged will keep him connected to public life for a long time to come”
“We should always try to fulfil the expectations that he has from all the Parliamentarians”
​​​​​​​“Initiatives like ‘Bhashini’ and annual compendium of new words emerging from Parliamentary debates will carry forward Venkaiah ji’s legacy of love for the mother tongue”

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi attended a farewell function for the Vice President Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu at GMC Balayogi Auditorium here today.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister pointed out the quality of Shri Venkaiah Naidu of always staying active and engaged, a quality that will always keep him connected with the activities of public life. Shri Modi recalled his long association with Shri Venkiah Naidu and remembered Shri Naidu’s preference for Rural Development as portfolio when he was to be picked up as a Minister in the Vajpayee government. A portfolio that he served with distinction. The Prime Minister also pointed out that Shri Naidu has overseen both the portfolios - Rural Development as well as Urban development. The Prime Minister also mentioned the rare distinction of the Vice President to be the first member of the Rajya Sabha to be its Chairman and the Vice President. This and the experience of Parliamentary Affairs Minister helped him run the House with great command and ease, the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister also appreciated Shri Naidu’s quest to empower and enhance the capabilities of the House, members, and the Committees. The Prime MInister said that it is important that we should always try to fulfil the expectations that he has from all the Parliamentarians.

Praising Shri Naidu’s discipline of time-management, the Prime Minister also remembered that how during the time of Corona restrictions, the Vice President did ‘tele-yatras’ that is getting in touch with with people who figured in his long public life over the phone, giving solace and encouragements during the difficult times. Similarly he stayed in touch with all the MPs during the pandemic. The Prime MInister also remembered the incident when during a visit to BIhar, Shri Naidu’s helicopter had to be force landed and a farmer helped him. The Prime Minister said that Shri Naidu has maintained contact with the farmer and his family till today. The Prime Minister expressed the hope that he will continue to guide the people in public life with the same dedication and wisdom for a very long time to come.

Acknowledging the Shri Naidu’s regard for the mother tongue, the Prime MInister mentioned Bhashini - National Public Digital Platform for languages to develop services and products for citizens by leveraging the power of artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies. He asked the members of both houses to take a look. He also asked the Speaker and Dy Chairman Rajya Sabha to collect good new words that have emerged due to debates in mother tongue and add them to enrich the languages of the country. By starting the annual tradition of releasing a collection of good words, we will take forward Venkiah ji’s legacy of love for the mother tongue, he said.

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PM Modi addresses a public meeting in Krishnanagar, West Bengal
March 02, 2024
PM Modi, addressing a massive gathering in Krishnanagar, West Bengal, honours the legacy of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, and extends his greetings to the revered mothers, sisters, and daughters present
Highlighting the developmental projects worth over Rs. 22,000 crores inaugurated in West Bengal, PM Modi emphasized their role in enhancing connectivity, electricity, and job opportunities for the youth
PM Modi criticizes TMC's oppression, autocracy, corruption, and nepotism, alleging betrayal of trust and reluctance to uplift the state's populace in West Bengal
PM Modi underscores BJP government's commitment to healthcare improvement, citing the doubling of government medical colleges in West Bengal in the past decade
PM Modi criticizes TMC's failure to implement central schemes for women's safety and empowerment, urges the youth for support in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a public gathering in Krishnanagar, West Bengal, where he paid homage to Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the eminent preacher of Bhagwan Shri Krishna, and extended his greetings to the revered mothers, sisters, and daughters present in huge numbers.

During his address, PM Modi highlighted the significant developmental projects initiated in West Bengal in the past two days, amounting to over Rs. 22,000 crores. These projects aim to bolster the state's connectivity, electricity, petroleum infrastructure, and port facilities, fostering increased investment and job creation opportunities for the youth, said PM Modi.

However, PM Modi expressed concern over the functioning of the TMC-led state government, citing disappointment among the people of West Bengal due to oppression and betrayal of trust. He criticized the TMC's governance, associating it with oppression, autocracy, corruption, and nepotism, alleging its reluctance to uplift the state's populace.

PM Modi underscored the establishment of the first AIIMS in West Bengal as an example of the state government's obstructionism, despite his assurance to fulfill the commitment. He lamented the hurdles faced in setting up the Kalyani AIIMS and accused the TMC government of impeding environmental permissions for the hospital's establishment. He said, "The TMC government is creating obstacles related to environmental permissions for such a large hospital. If they don't get a commission, the TMC government stops all permissions."

Furthermore, PM Modi reiterated the BJP government's commitment to healthcare improvement in West Bengal, highlighting the doubling of government medical colleges in the state in the past decade and said, "The BJP is committed to improving healthcare facilities in West Bengal for the future of the youth. That's why we are continuously working to improve healthcare services here. Since the inception of medical colleges in the country, until 2014, there were only 14 government medical colleges in West Bengal. In the last 10 years, government medical colleges have doubled to 26."

Regarding the jute industry, PM Modi emphasized the BJP government's efforts to revive jute cultivation and industry, including the mandatory use of jute bags for packaging essential commodities. He praised the significant orders received by jute mills and the consistent increase in MSP for jute. He said, "The Union government of the BJP has taken continuous significant decisions for both jute cultivation and industry. This BJP government is the one that has made it mandatory to use jute bags for packaging wheat, rice, and sugar. As a result, jute mills here receive orders worth several thousand crores every year. The BJP government is also consistently increasing the MSP for jute."

PM Modi also criticized the TMC government's failure to implement central women's safety and empowerment schemes, citing examples such as the 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao' campaign and the 'Ujjwala' scheme.

"TMC in West Bengal has taken the votes of our mothers and sisters by chanting slogans of mother, land, and people. But today, everyone, including mothers, land, and people, is suffering under the misrule of TMC. The protesting sisters continued to demand justice, but the TMC government did not listen to them. The situation in Bengal is such that here, it's not the police but the criminals who decide when to surrender and when to be arrested," said the Prime Minister.

"The state government did not even want the perpetrators of hooliganism to ever be arrested. But then, the women of Bengal, standing tall as Maa Durga, and every BJP worker standing with them, made this state government bend," he added.

Highlighting the misrule and misgovernance of TMC in Bengal, PM Modi said, "TMC is constantly trying to put its sticker on the central government's schemes and turn every scheme into a scam. The BJP-led Union government provides free rations to 6 crore people in West Bengal. This scheme will continue for the next 5 years, this is Modi's guarantee. But even on this scheme, people from TMC are putting their stickers on. These people are not even hesitating to loot the rations of the poor."

In concluding remarks, PM Modi urged the youth to support the BJP in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, emphasizing the party's vision for national development and prosperity, echoing the slogan "Bengal's development will lead to the country's development." He called upon party workers to convey his regards to every village in West Bengal.