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Shri Narendra Modi addressed a large crowd of supporters at the ‘Hunkar Rally’ in Muzaffarpur, on the afternoon of 3rd March.

Affirming that the Hunkar rally was not an effort at showing someone down but to save the Nation from ruining, Shri Modi shared his single point of focus of ensuring growth and development.

On the occasion, former Union Minister Shri Ram Vilas Paswan and Shri Upendra Kushwaha joined the NDA. Shri Modi said, “NDA is expanding and I welcome Ram Vilas ji and Upendra ji. This expansion is not going to stop. Our strength will increase and so will the woes of others. NDA not only stands for National Democratic Alliance but is also the National Development Alliance,” said Shri Modi. He further appreciated Shri Paswan’s honesty and spoke of how many other leaders, unlike him, were apprehensive in showing their affiliation to the BJP. “Ram Vilas ji left NDA but whenever we met, we met with great affection. If media took photos, he never got scared. This is because Paswan ji has no hypocrisy, whereas some leaders will talk properly behind closed doors, and behave differently in public. People cannot forgive hypocrisy,” asserted Shri Modi. He also added how the BJP’s focus was to build an India where every family had a home, with water and sanitation facilities, and where there was regular power supply.

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Addressing the various concerns plaguing Bihar, Shri Modi spoke of the defunct sugar factories, untapped potential of water resources, lack of employment opportunities for the youth, erratic electricity supply and lack of proper sanitation facilities. “60 years after freedom, we need better sanitation facilities for women. Can this current government and the government in Delhi give you jobs? We also need to take Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji’s river grid project ahead, but this was not fulfilled by the UPA,” stated Shri Modi. He further spoke on the untapped potential of the leechi and makhana farming in Bihar and said, “If there is no Lotus where will the Makhana come from.” Aspects of terrorism were duly dealt by Shri Modi when he stressed on how Bihar had become a heaven for terrorists because of the Central government’s practise of votebank politics. “We have to fight terror in one voice, rising above politics. That is when the common people will feel secure,” said Shri Modi.

With a touch of rebuke, Shri Modi said that the Congress was surprised at how the BJP, which they thought was a party of Brahmins and Banias, had chosen the son of a tea seller to become a PM candidate. Emphasizing the BJP’s focus on the marginalized sections of the society, Shri Modi said, “The coming decade belongs to the right of the poor and the marginalised. We are very clear on that. Wherever I go, whoever I meet, I talk about one thing - how to solve things. Our opponents, instead, think of a solution from Modi. Modi says stop inflation, they say stop Modi, Modi says stop corruption, they say stop Modi. Their politics is only built on one dream, one agenda - stop Modi. I say Vikas karna hai, they say Modi ka Vinash karna hai. Ab nirnay desh ko karma hai.

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Shri Modi added that how under the garb of secularism the Congress government was only trying to hide away from their misgovernance and ineffective policies, and shying away from addressing the serious threats of corruption, poverty, inflation and unemployment. Referring to Congress and 3rd front parties Shri Modi said, “They rise when polls near but are asleep otherwise. They can vitiate the atmosphere but never do good for India. For them secularism is religion first but for us it is India first. For them secularism is votebank politics while for the BJP it is about development politics. Who todo aur raaj karo mein maante hai, aur hum jodo aur vikas karo mein. For them secularism is about appeasement to all and justice to none, but for us it is about appeasement to none and justice for all,” said Shri Modi.

He further urged the crowd not to support for the 3rd front stating that it consisted of parties that were formed to save the Congress. “3rd front consists of parties that are saving Congress. Sometimes by will or due to fear of CBI,” said Shri Modi.

Recalling the recent incident of bombing at the BJP’s rally in Patna in October 2013, Shri Modi stated that the explosives had hit the Nation’s ekta and sadbhavna, and bowed to the people of Bihar that inspite of such threat they had shown the courage to unite and send a strong message of unity. “Why were innocent people killed? Those who were killed were from Bihar only. Those drowned in votebank politics won't understand the fact that without shanti, ekta and sadbhavna, the nation cannot develop. We need freedom from such thoughts and such leaders as only then will India progress,” said Shri Modi.

Shri Modi thanked the people of Bihar for showing their support towards the Statue of Unity initiative, and recalled the momentous contribution of revolutionaries like Dr. Rajendra Prasad, George Fernandes and Khudiram Bose. He also remembered Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji’s efforts for Bihar’s development, some of which included the promotion of the Maithili language and the emphasis on developing the eastern corridor. “If Atal ji had formed the Government, the work on Eastern corridor would have gone on at a quick pace,” said Shri Modi.

Dignitaries present on the occasion included Former Deputy CM Shri Sushil Modi, Former Union Minister Shri Ram Vilas Paswan, Shri Upendra Kushwaha, Shri Nand Kishore Yadav, Lok Sabha MP Shri Shahnawaz Hussain, Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Lok Sabha MP Shri Radha Mohan Singh, MP Dr. Bhola Singh, MP Shri Jai Narain Nishad, Former MP Shri Arun Kumar, Former BJP Bihar President Shri Gopal Narain Singh, Shri Chirag Paswan, Shrimati Rama Devi and Shri Suresh Sharma.

Shri Narendra Modi addressed a large crowd of supporters at the ‘Hunkar Rally’ in Muzaffarpur

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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today interacted with Governors of States regarding the Covid-19 situation and ongoing vaccination drive in the country, through video conferencing.

Prime Minister said that in the battle against Covid, along with the vaccines, our values and sense of duty are our biggest strengths. Praising the citizens who participated in this battle last year considering it their duty, he said that the same feeling of Janbhagidari needs to be encouraged now as well. He said that the role of the Governors, through appropriate utilization of their social capacity, thus becomes all the more critical to achieving this. Governors are an important link to ensure better coordination between State Governments and society, he said, adding that the combined power of all community organizations, political parties, NGOs and social institutions needs to be harnessed.

Prime Minister suggested that the Governors can actively engage to ensure that social institutions collaborate seamlessly with the State Governments towards micro containment. He said that their social network can help ensure an increase in the capacity of ambulances, ventilators and oxygen in hospitals. Along with spreading the message about vaccination and treatment, the Governors can also spread awareness about AYUSH related remedies.

Prime Minister noted that our youth, our workforce, is an important part of our economy. Hence, it is important to ensure that our youth follows all Covid related protocols and precautions. He said that the Governors’ role is also critical in ensuring the greater engagement of our students in University campuses towards this Janbhagidari. We also need to focus on better utilization of facilities at University and College campuses, he added. He said that just like last year, NCC and NSS also have a key role to play this year as well. Prime Minister said that the Governors are an important pillar of Janbhagidari in this battle and their coordination with State Governments and guidance to institutions of the State will further strengthen the nation’s resolve.

Discussing the rise in the number of Covid cases, the Prime Minister said that in this stage of the fight against the virus, the country stands to gain from last year’s experience and improved healthcare capacity. He discussed the increase RTPCR testing capacity and noted that the country has become Aatmanirbhar with respect to kits and other material related to testing. All this has led to a reduction in the cost of RTPCR tests also. He added that most of the products related to testing are also available on the GeM portal. Prime Minister emphasized the significance of increasing tracking, tracing and testing, and said that RTPCR testing needs to be increased from 60% to 70%. He said that it is pertinent to ensure that more and more people get tested.

Prime Minister underlined that the government is committed to ensuring adequate availability of vaccines. He highlighted that India has become the fastest nation to reach the landmark of 10 crore vaccinations. Noting the positive impact of Tika Utsav in the last four days, he said that in this period, the vaccination drive was expanded and new vaccination centres also came up.

Interaction

The Vice President of India, Union Home Minister and Union Health Minister also attended the interaction.

The Vice President appreciated the Prime Minister for leading the fight against Covid and his proactive steps to develop the infrastructure required to tackle the pandemic. He also highlighted the scientific community's contribution in giving a vaccine to India and the whole world. He also talked about the contribution of healthcare workers, sanitation workers, and other frontline workers who have played a vital role during the pandemic.

The Vice President called upon the Governors to bring up a coordinated front by leading all-party meetings in their respective states and engaging with civil society organisations to spread awareness about covid-appropriate behaviour. The Vice president said that a 'Team India spirit' cutting across policy lines should be adopted, and in this regard, Governors as the 'Guardians of the State' could guide the State Governments.

Union Home Minister stressed the importance of saving each and every life. Union Health Secretary gave a presentation on Covid cases and vaccination drive. He gave an overview of how India has followed a proactive and pre-emptive approach in this endeavour.

The Governors shared details of how their respective states are tackling the spread of the virus and coordinating activities towards ensuring a smooth implementation of the vaccination drive, while also mentioning the deficiencies of healthcare facilities in the States.

They gave suggestions for further improvement in the efforts and shared plans of how Janbhagidari can be increased through the active social engagement of various groups.