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Campaigning in Banaskantha district today, PM Narendra Modi said that the mood of people in the region clearly indicated in which direction the wind was blowing.

Shri Modi said that people of Patan and Banaskantha were well aware of the difference between Congress and the BJP. “When there were floods here Congress MLAs were relaxing in Bengaluru whereas BJP leaders were working with people, helping in relief operations... BJP was doing relief work, Congress was busy with resort work”, he added.

PM Modi remarked that the conduct of Mrs. Indira Gandhi and the Congress in Morbi and the service of RSS and Jan Sangh Karyakartas were for everyone to see. He added that RSS and Jan Sangh did everything possible and stood shoulder to shoulder with people. The PM said, “Those who did not stand with Banaskantha in the bad times of flood cannot be expected to serve either this district or the state of Gujarat.”

The PM spoke how the BJP governments over the years ensured that Narmada waters reach the region. “Earlier, people from here would have to travel a considerable distance to pray to Maa Narmada. Due to BJP, Narmada waters have come to this region and Maa Narmada is blessing us all”, he said. 

Highlighting that the region had immense potential for solar energy, the PM said that BJP government was working on solar pumps that would benefit farmers. He also shed light on how neem coating of urea also benefitted them widely.

Taking a jibe at Mani Shankar Aiyar’s comment on removing him, Shri Modi remarked, “Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyar told people when he visited Pakistan - remove Modi from the way and then see what will happen to India-Pakistan peace. What did he mean by removing me from the way? And what is my crime- that we have the blessings of the people.” 

“When I had taken over as CM, farmers from Patan and Banaskantha met me and I told them to focus on irrigation. People told me this approach will ensure you are defeated. I said- I do not care of the chair, I want to work for the farmers and want to work for Banaskantha, Patan”, the PM added furthermore. 

At the public meeting in Kalol, PM Modi hit out at Congress leader and lawyer Kapil Sibal for linking Ram Mandir case with 2019 elections. The PM remarked, “For the last two days a top Congress leader and an illustrious lawyer has been speaking. He is free to represent whoever he wants to, that is his prerogative. But, why does he want to prolong the Ayodhya Case when all stakeholders want an early solution?” 

Adding further, the PM said that instead of coming clear on why he wanted the Ayodhya Matter to be discussed in court after 2019, Mr. Sibal was busy saying whose lawyer was he. “He says he does not represent the Sunni Wakf Board but then he should say who he is representing?” added Shri Modi. He said that Congress should remove such a lawyer from their party. 

The PM remarked that chair did not matter for him, but what mattered most was wellbeing of the country. “I will work for the country tirelessly”, he said at the rally in Kalol. 

He also accused the UPA government and former Rajasthan CM, who also belonged to the Congress for obstructing the implementation of Sujalam Sufalam Yojana. He remarked, “One Congress leader, a former Rajasthan CM himself, wrote a letter that Gujarat cannot use water from Mahi River. He called for Sujalam Sufalam Yojana not to be implemented he even complained to UPA government. But I said whatever may come I will provide water to North Gujarat.” 

He also recalled an instance from Rajkot where Dr. Manmohan Singh was presented a book containing the scams under the UPA.

At the public meeting in Ahmedabad’s Nikol, PM Modi said Congress would not win elections in Gujarat as they had anti-development mindset and believed in divisive politics.

“Politics of development does not appeal to the Congress Party”, remarked Shri Modi.

Highlighting several development works done by the BJP in Gujarat, he said that it was the BJP that built the Sabarmati riverfront. He said that the river was in a pitiable condition when Congress ruled the state. He also spoke how keeping small shops open for longer durations gave several people economic opportunities.

Hitting out the Mani Shankar Aiyar, Anand Sharma and Digvijaya Singh trio, PM Modi said, “They have not called me 'Neech' for the first time yesterday. Mrs. Sonia Gandhi and her family members have used it too. Why am I 'Neech' - because I was born poor, because I am of a lower caste, because I am a Gujarati? Is that why they hate me?”

Adding furthermore the PM stated, “What did Anand Sharma say- PM Modi is mentally unstable. One Congress leader re-tweeted such an offensive Tweet about me that I cannot even say it. What did Digvijaya Singh Tweet about me?”

He noted how Digvijaya Singh had termed Modi Sarkar as ‘Raakshas Raaj’ and called him a ‘Raakshas’; Pramod Tiwari, who headed the Congress in UP, said Modi was in the list of Hitler, Mussolini and Gaddafi; Jairam Ramesh compared him to Bhasmasur; Beni Prasad Verma called him a mad dog and said we won't let this mad dog win; Ghulam Nabi Azad said he was Gangu Teli; Imran Massod, who they gave a ticket to had said he would cut Modi into pieces; Renuka Chowdhury called him a virus and said he would bring Namonitis.

“Day and night the Congress has abused me. I keep quiet only because my priority is work”, Shri Modi remarked.

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Prime Minister holds high level meeting to review preparedness on Cyclone ‘Tauktae’
May 15, 2021
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Ensure maintenance of all essential services such as Power, Telecommunications, health, drinking water: PM
Special preparedness needed for COVID management in hospitals, vaccine cold chain and power back up and storage of essential medicines in vulnerable locations due to cyclone: PM

PM Narendra Modi took a high level meeting here today to review the preparedness of States and Central Ministries/Agencies concerned to deal with the situation arising out of Cyclone ‘Tauktae’.

India Meteorological Department (IMD) informed that Cyclone ‘Tauktae’ is expected to touch Gujarat coast between Porbandar & Naliya around 18th May afternoon /evening with the wind speed ranging upto 175 kmph. It is likely to cause heavy rainfall in the coastal districts of Gujarat, including extremely heavy falls in Junagadh & Gir Somnath and heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places in the districts of Saurashtra Kutch & Diu namely Gir Somnath, Diu, Junagadh, Porbandar, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Amreli, Rajkot, Jamnagar. IMD also warned of storm surge of about  2- 3 m above astronomical tide to inundate coastal areas of Morbi,  Kutch, Devbhoomi Dwarka & Jamnagar districts and  1-2 meters along Porbandar, Junagarh, Diu, Gir Somnath, Amreli, Bhavnagar and 0.5 to 1m over the remaining coastal districts of Gujarat during 18th May afternoon/ evening around the time of landfall. IMD has been issuing three hourly bulletins since 13th May with latest forecast to all the concerned States. 

It was discussed that Cabinet Secretary is in continuous touch with Chief Secretaries of all the Coastal States and Central Ministries/ Agencies concerned. 
 
Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is reviewing the situation 24*7 and is in touch with the State Governments/ UTs and the Central Agencies concerned. MHA has already released first instalment of SDRF in advance to all States. NDRF has pre-positioned 42 teams which are equipped with boats, tree-cutters, telecom equipments etc. in six States and has kept 26 teams on standby.
 
Indian Coast Guard and the Navy have deployed ships and helicopters for relief, search and rescue operations. Air Force and Engineer task force units of Army, with boats and rescue equipment, are on standby for deployment. Seven ships with Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Units are on standby along western coast. Surveillance aircraft and helicopters are carrying out serial surveillance along the western coast. Disaster Relief teams (DRTs) and Medical Teams (MTs) are standby at Trivandrum, Kannur and other locations along western coast.
 
Ministry of Power has activated emergency response systems and is keeping in readiness transformers, DG sets and equipments etc. for immediate restoration of electricity. Ministry of Telecom is keeping all the telecom towers and exchanges under constant watch and is fully geared to restore telecom network. Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has issued advisory to the Sates/ UTs, likely to be affected, for health sector preparedness and response on COVID in affected areas. They have also kept ready 10 Quick response medical teams and 5 Public health response teams, with emergency medicines. Ministry of Port, Shipping and Waterways has taken measures to secure all shipping vessels and has deployed emergency vessels (Tugs).
 
NDRF is assisting the State agencies in their preparedness for evacuating people from the vulnerable locations and is also continuously holding community awareness campaign on how to deal with the cyclonic situation. 
 
After review, the Prime Minister directed senior officers to take every possible measure to ensure that people are safely evacuated by the State Governments and to ensure maintenance of all essential services such as Power, Telecommunications, health, drinking water etc. and are restored immediately in the event of damages caused to them. He further directed them to ensure special preparedness on COVID management in hospitals, vaccine cold chain and other medical facilities on power back up and storage of essential medicines and to plan for unhindered movement of oxygen tankers. He also directed for 24*7 functioning of control rooms. He also said that special care needs to be taken to ensure that there is least possible disruption in oxygen supply from Jamnagar. He also spoke about the need to involve the local community for timely sensitisation and relief measures.
 
The meeting was attended by Home Minister, MoS Home, Principal Secretary to PM,Cabinet Secretary, Secretaries of Ministries/ Departments of Home, Civil Aviation, Power, Telecom, Shipping, Fisheries, Members & Member Secretary of NDMA, Chairman, Railway Board, Director Generals of NDRF and IMD, and senior officers of PMO, MHA and IMD.