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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed a public meeting in Kolkata. Addressing a massive rally at Brigade Parade Ground, PM Modi said "I have had the privilege of addressing hundreds of rallies in political life, but in such a long tenure I have never been blessed with such a large mass group, I have got to witness such a scene today.”

"This land of Bengal has given energy to our values. This land of Bengal burnt new life in the freedom movement of India. This Brigade Parade Ground has been witness to many great leaders and also witnessed those who have disrupted West Bengal's progress. People of Bengal never left their hopes for change,” he added.

In an all out attack on the TMC, PM Modi asserted, "Bengal relied on Mamata didi for change. But Didi and her cadre broke this trust. These people broke the trust of Bengal. These people humiliated Bengal. Here the sisters and daughters were tortured.”

Hitting out at TMC, Left and Congress, the Prime Minister said, “this time in the Assembly elections, on one side there is TMC, Left-Congress, they have anti-Bengal attitude, and on the other hand the people of Bengal have stood up tightly.”

Addressing the huge gathering, he said, “The next 25 years are very important for the development of Bengal. In 2047, when India will celebrate 100 years of independence, Bengal will lead the country once again. The development here in the next 5 years will lay the foundation for State's development in the next 25 years.”

Talking about the BJP’s agenda, the PM remarked, “The dream of 'sonar bangla' will be fulfilled. Today, I have come here today to assure you of Bengal's development, to increase investment here, to protect Bengal's culture and to bring change. I have come to convince you of this Ashol Poriborton. To convince you of the development of Bengal, of changing the situation in Bengal. I have come here to make you believe that we will work hard for farmers, businessmen and the development of sisters and daughters. We will live every moment to fulfill your dreams.”

“Ashol Poriborton means Bengal, where trade and business flourished, where maximum investment came. Ashol Poriborton means Bengal, which has the modern infrastructure of the 21st century,” he further added.

Launching a tirade against the TMC government, PM Modi stated, “Due to their commission culture, many important projects of Kolkata airport are stuck. BJP will stop this and complete those projects. Kolkata is the city of joy. Kolkata also has a legacy of a rich past and also has future prospects. There is no reason why Kolkata cannot be a city of future while preserving its culture. We have worked very hard to develop Kolkata.”

“You know it very well how the democratic system has been destroyed here. BJP will strengthen this system. We will bring the change to re-establish public belief in government systems, in the police, and the administration,” he said at the Brigade rally.

Continuing the attack at Mamata Government, the Prime Minister asserted that they made promises to work for 'Maa, Maati, Manush'. But you tell me, has TMC been able to bring change in the lives of common people here in the last 10 years? Those talking about Mati handed over every particle of Bengal to middlemen, black marketers and syndicates.

Reminding the people of Bengal about the brutality of the current government, the PM said, “You are well aware of the condition of 'Maa, Maati, Manush'. Mothers are being attacked on streets and in their houses. Recently, the cruelty unleashed on an 80-year-old mother has shown their cruel face to the entire country.”

Questioning Mamata Banerjee over nepotism, PM Modi said, “The people of Bengal had chosen you as Didi but then why did you remain the aunt of a nephew. Why you only concentrated on helping your nephew? The people of Bengal are asking only this one question from you.”

Taking a dig at Didi’s recent scooty ride, he said, “Didi, you are the daughter of India, not only of Bengal. When you took over Scooty a few days ago, everyone was praying that you be safe. It is good that you did not fall, otherwise the state in which the scooty was manufactured would have become her enemy.”

“The BJP believes not only on announcements, but also on rapid implementation of announcements. We try to do what is said within the time limit. Nowadays even our opponents say that I work for friends. Who we grow up with are our best friends. I grew up in poverty hence I understand the plight of poor people living in every corner of India. I work for my friends & will continue to do so,” he said.

“I am also working for my friends from Bengal. I have given nearly 90 lakh gas connections in Bengal to my friends. I have given free electricity connection to my over 7 lakh friends of Bengal living in darkness. I have built more than 60 lakh toilets-Ijjatghar in Bengal for my friends. I have approved more than 32 lakh pucca houses in Bengal for my friends,” added PM Modi while highlighting the schemes of the centre.

He added, “Corona disturbed all over the world, but it was these poor friends of mine who were very upset. When corona came, I gave ration to every friend for free, gave free gas cylinders and deposited crores of rupees in bank account.”

Urging people of Bengal to vote for the BJP, the PM Modi stated, “TMC ka khela khatam, Vikas shuru...vote for BJP fearlessly, vote against bad governance. These people are experienced people and play a lot. They have done innumerable corruption and looted the people of Bengal. They have even looted the relief money sent for Amphan. Vote against ill-governance and for freeing people of fear. Bengal wants development.”

He accused Mamata Government for tolabaazi, syndicate and commission cut. He said, “You have done so many scams that a 'Corruption Olympics' game can be organized. You have played with the hard-earned money of the people and their lives. You have pushed Bengal towards separation instead of development, and thus the lotus is blooming. You have divided people on religious lines, and thus the lotus is blooming in West Bengal.”

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Prime Minister participates in the first Outreach Session of G7 Summit
June 12, 2021

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi participated in the first Outreach Session of the G7 Summit today.  

The session, titled ‘Building Back Stronger - Health’, focused on global recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and on strengthening resilience against future pandemics. 

During the session, Prime Minister expressed appreciation for the support extended by the G7 and other guest countries during the recent wave of COVID infections in India. 

He highlighted India's ‘whole of society’ approach to fight the pandemic, synergising the efforts of all levels of the government, industry and civil society.   

He also explained India’s successful use of open source digital tools for contact tracing and vaccine management, and conveyed India's willingness to share its experience and expertise with other developing countries.

Prime Minister committed India's support for collective endeavours to improve global health governance. He sought the G7's support for the proposal moved at the WTO by India and South Africa, for a TRIPS waiver on COVID related technologies. 

Prime Minister Modi said that today's meeting should send out a message of "One Earth One Health" for the whole world. Calling for global unity, leadership, and solidarity to prevent future pandemics, Prime Minister emphasized the special responsibility of democratic and transparent societies in this regard. 

PM will participate in the final day of the G7 Summit tomorrow and will speak in two Sessions.