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PM calls isolation as the real battle against coronavirus

Prime Minister Narendra Modi once again came before the nation, making a fervent appeal to people to follow social distancing as their duty. Modi held video conference with the citizens of his Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency. He told the people that there is no option left for the people of the country but to follow home isolation guidelines. Modi once again said that social distancing is the only way to battle against this epidemic.

Modi’s call comes amid reports of people in some states unable to cope with the national lockdown. There are growing instances of people unable to go to their homes in view of the restrictions. Different cities are facing this problem. Common public are coming out in the name of buying essential commodities. This is happening despite the police beating up citizens at some places.

PM told the people that it is a time for their patience, determination and personal discipline. This is required to save our families, our communities and our country as a whole. Modi says it is enough to stay at home in order to defeat Coronavirus. Lots of victims are following this and getting back to good health.

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PM announces nationwide lockdown for 21 days starting tonight

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced nationwide three weeks lockdown starting from Tuesday midnight. All states and union territories will come under its purview.

He said this is an essential step to fight coronavirus decisively. He added that saving lives is priority as of now.

“With folded hands, I request you to stay put wherever you are,” said Prime Minister Modi. He added that he is mindful of the economic ramifications of it. However, this is a smaller concern.

PM Modi warned, if we don’t follow a complete lockdown for the coming 21 days, the nation will go back 21 years and many families will be devastated.

He also said many powerful countries in the world have become helpless, regardless of their efforts. He once again reiterated that social distancing is the only way to deal with this deadly coronavirus that has infected more than 500 in India, so far.

“Some people are under the misconception that social distancing is only for those infected with coronavirus… but they should understand that this for everyone because it is important to break the cycle,” said PM Modi in his address to the nation.

This is his second address to the nation regarding coronavirus. In his first address he urged Indians to observe ‘Janata Curfew’.

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Modi calls for daylong ‘Janata Curfew’ on March 22

In wake of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, which has also affected India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday urged the people of the country to opt for a ‘Janata Curfew’ on Sunday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

In a special address to the nation, Modi said: “Today I am requesting the people of the country for a Janata curfew, on March 22, this Sunday, from between 7 a.m to 9 p.m.

“…This is public curfew. Janata curfew means for the public, curfew imposed on public by themselves.”

He urged people to follow this ‘curfew’, not go out on the streets or even gather in their societies and stay inside their homes.

The Prime Minister further urged people above the age of 60 should avoid going out in the coming weeks.

Sharing an instance from the past, he said: “Might be the present generation is not aware… when there were a situation of war, and villages were blacked out and the glass of the windows was darkened. People use to take precautions and even in case the there was no war, the local administration carried out a drill regularly.”

The Prime Minister also urged the people to follow the instructions issued by the state governments.

“Today everyone has to take a resolve to not get infected by the Covid-19 and also save others from getting Covid-19. In such a pandemic case, only one mantra works, if we are healthy, then the entire world is healthy,” he said.

At a time when there is no medicine have been made for the disease, the only thing to stay safe is restraint, he said. “Don’t go in the crowds, avoid going out and what today is being called social distancing in the era of Covid-19 is very useful,” he said.

“Our resolve and restraint is going to play very important role in fighting Covid-19.”

The Prime Minister also said that if one thinks that by roaming on the streets is safe, then it is not good. “By doing so you will do injustice to your near ones. I urge the people of the country for coming weeks, whenever it is very necessary then only come out,” he added.

India on Thursday registered 22 fresh cases of Covid-19 taking the total number of affected persons to 173. At least four people have died, one each from Punjab, Karnataka, Delhi and Maharashtra.

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PM Modi holds ‘extensive review’, appeals for calm

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In his first reaction on the Delhi violence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed for peace on Wednesday even as he held an “extensive review” on the prevailing situation that has become a cause of concern for law enforcement agencies.

Taking to Twitter, the Prime Minister said: “Had an extensive review on the situation prevailing in various parts of Delhi. Police and other agencies are working on the ground to ensure peace and normalcy.”

Appealing for calm to restore normalcy, Modi said peace and harmony are “central to our ethos”.

“I appeal to my sisters and brothers of Delhi to maintain peace and brotherhood at all times. It is important that there is calm and normalcy is restored at the earliest,” he said.

Modi’s appeal came minutes after Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi held a rare press conference in New Delhi, flanked by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and senior leader P. Chidambaram where the party demanded Home Minister Amit Shah’s resignation for allegedly being unable to contain the violence.

So far, 20 people have been killed in the Delhi violence which appears to be one of the worst in recent times. A constable too succumbed to injuries that sparked massive outrage.

On Monday, a Delhi Police head constable was killed as pro- and anti-CAA groups battled each other even as Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal appealed to the people to maintain peace and harmony.

On Wednesday morning, the body of an Intelligence Bureau employee was recovered from the affected area which was found dumped in a drain, sparking further outrage.

The cause of the violence is believed to be a clash between pro- and anti-CAA protesters after those in support of the legislation blocked a road of northeast Delhi’s Jaffrabad area, in a similar fashion to that of Shaheen Bagh, over the weekend.

Several areas including Jaffrabad, Maujpur, and Gokulpuri remained tense on Wednesday. Police and paramilitary forces have also been deployed in parts of northeast Delhi that have been affected.

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Why ‘Namaste Trump’ is much more than plain optics

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Calling India and US ‘natural partners’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the case of the two playing ‘important roles’ in the way 21st century goes.

In what can be seen as a statement made with strategic intent, in front of hundreds and thousands of people in the world’s largest cricket stadium, Modi claimed, “In the 21st century, new alignments, new competition, new challenges and new opportunities are laying the foundation for change. The relationship and cooperation of India and America will have an important role in setting the direction of the 21st century world. I am clear that India and America are Natural Partners.”

Modi asserted that the two nations can make an effective contribution not only in the Indo-Pacific Region, but in the peace, progress and security of the whole world.

“Therefore, I believe that President Trump coming to India at the beginning of this decade is a very big opportunity,” PM Modi said.

Flexing the population muscle India has, Modi said, “Today, 130 crore Indians are jointly building New India. Our youthful strength is full of aspirations. Setting big goals, achieving them is becoming the hallmark of New India today.”

This assertion came closely on the heels of endorsement from Trump who not only heaped praise on his ‘friend’ Modi for winning the “largest democratically held elections”, but stating India has a right to defend itself. It’s no secret that India is one of the largest strategic partners of the US, regardless of the glitches between the two in terms of sealing a trade deal. And both Trump and Modi means business. As Trump announced of a helicopter sell to India and possibly partnering with India after its Chandrayan, India’s lunar satellite launch, Modi nodded in agreement.

“Today, the country that is India’s largest trading partner is America. Today, the country with which Indian armies are practicing the most is America. Today, the country with which India has the most extensive research and development partnership is America,” said Modi.

Before Trump spoke at length on the Indo-US relations, Modi harped on “Shared Values & Ideals, Shared Spirit of Enterprise & Innovation, Shared Opportunities & Challenges, Shared Hopes & Aspirations”.

Connecting the United States and India through two statues – Statue of Liberty and Statue of Unity, PM Modi smartly positioned India as a nation that has much in common with the United States.

“The name of the event – Namaste Trump, has a very deep meaning! It is one of the oldest languages in the world, a Sanskrit word. Its sense is that not only the person, but also the Divinity is within him,” remarked Modi.

Striking a personal bond between the Trump family and India, Modi stressed upon the work First Lady is doing and the last visit of Ivanka to India, a couple of years ago.

“First Lady Melania Trump, it is an honour to have you here. What you have done for Healthy and Happy America is getting good results. What you are doing for the children in the society is admirable,” said PM Modi as she smiled.

Modi added, “You say – Be Best! You must have felt that the same sentiment of people is being expressed in today’s reception.”

It was a win-win formula for both Modi and Trump. While it’s true that the two countries are at odds over a complicated trade agreement, Trump has an election to win back him where Indian community is crucial.

As of 2016, in the U.S, close to 18 lakh Indian origin people were of voting age. In the last election, Hillary Clinton won 11 out of the 14 counties in which Indian-origin voters exceeded 5 per cent of the population.

But getting a passive endorsement from India’s PM as “his friend, India’s friend” serves Trump’s electoral purpose. Moreover, he gets to seal deals through which American companies generate implements.

For Modi, India gets a lucrative defence deal and an endorsement for its right to protect itself, a reference India uses for Pakistan. Also the profuse praise for India’s democracy and shared values shuts up many international players who have been creating murmurs against India ever since India abrogated Article 370 and split Jammu and Kashmir.

As Trump mentions “Ganges to Jama Masjid”, it subtly contradicts its own government’s recent assertions of alleged religious freedom that it claimed has claimed down few notches owing to India’s Citizenship Amendment Act. No wonder, Namaste Trump is much more than optics. Its very significant for two world leaders – Trump and Modi.

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Modi greets Trump with a hug, shakes hands with Melania

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A red carpet welcome was given to US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump on Monday amid sounds of conch shells after their Air Force One landed at Ahmedabad Airport. Trump is accompanied by his daughter Ivanka and a 12-member delegation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted Donald Trump with a hug and shook hands with the First lady.

Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner came out of the Air Force One first. After some time, President Trump and the First Lady came out of the aircraft, waving at the waiting crowd below.

The Trumps got into the US President’s black car, the ‘Beast’

This is Trump’s first visit to India since he assumed office.

Trump’s first stop in India is the Sabarmati Ashram where he will spend some time.

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Jagan meets Modi, discusses plan to have 3 capitals, resolution to abolish Legislative Council

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Wednesday presented his governments case to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a host of issues, including the plan to have three capitals for the state and the resolution to abolish the Legislative Council.

The Chief Minister also invited the Prime Minister to attend a programme in the state on March 25 (Telugu New Year’s Ugadi) wherein 25 lakh house-sites would be distributed to eligible families on a single day.

The Chief Minister, who air-dashed to New Delhi on a call from the Prime Minister’s Office, had a 100-minute meeting with him at the latters residence.

He presented a 10-point memorandum to the Prime Minister for expeditious action by the Central government on issues related to the state, a press release from the CMO here said.

Jagan told Modi that the idea behind “three capitals for the state” was to ensure comprehensive development of all regions of the state by removing the imbalances in growth.

“In this direction, we have decided to decentralize the administration by locating the executive capital in Visakhapatnam, judicial capital in Kurnool and legislative capital in Amaravati.

The state Cabinet has already approved this plan, while the Decentralisation Bill was passed by the state assembly, the release quoted Reddy as telling the Prime Minister.

However, there was no mention about the legislative hurdle the Bill has been facing, as the Council decided to refer it to a Select Committee for further scrutiny.

But Reddy complained to Modi that the Legislative Council was trying to block legislation brought in by the duly-elected government.

“In this backdrop, the Assembly passed a resolution with two-thirds majority seeking abolition of the Council.I request you to direct the Union Law Ministry to take further action in this regard,” Jagan added.

He also requested the Prime Minister to direct the Law Ministry to initiate steps to shift the AP High Court to Kurnool, the proposed judicial capital, from Amaravati.

Stating that his government enacted the AP Disha Act-2019 for expeditious trial of sexual harassment and assault cases against women and children, with death penalty as the maximum punishment, the Chief Minister requested the Centre to give its consent to it.

Reddy also took up the Special Category Status issue, revenue deficit grant, Polavaram multipurpose project, backward districts development grant and the annual grants from the Centre that were due to the state, the release said.

As the 15th Finance Commission left the SCS issue to the Centre’s discretion, Jagan wanted Modi to take necessary decision in this regard.

Of the Rs 22,948.76 crore revenue deficit grant the Centre owed the state post-bifurcation, Rs 18969.26 crore was still to be released, he pointed out, and requested that it be expedited due to the states precarious financial position.

Referring to Polavaram, Jagan requested the Centre to immediately accord administrative approval to the enhanced project cost of Rs 55,549 crore, which the Water Resources Technical Advisory Committee had already cleared.

Of this, Rs 33,010 crore would have to be spent on rehabilitation and resettlement of project oustees.

Also, the Centre has to reimburse Rs 3,320 crore that the state already spent on Polavaram project works.

“We are determined to complete Polavaram by 2021, so please arrange for quick disbursal of required funds for the project,” the Chief Minister pleaded.

Reddy requested that the money be released immediately.

Noting that only Rs 10,610 crore was released to the state in the form of various Central grants in the current fiscal, he sought release of all pending grants.

Among other things, the Chief Minister requested release of funds for construction of a new port at Ramayapatnam, steel plant in Kadapa district and inter-linking of Godavari and Krishna rivers in the state.

He also wanted release of Rs 1,000 crore due from the Centre towards building the states new capital city.

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Jagan-Modi meet ends but no clarity on Amaravati future

AP CM Jaganmohan Reddy could finally meet PM Modi today in Delhi after a long gap of three months. But, it was not clear as to how Modi reacted to Capital shifting issue raised by Jagan and also whether the Kia issue came up in their discussions. The reason for this suspense was that neither Jagan Reddy nor Vijayasai Reddy talked to the media after meeting with Modi. Moreover, there were reports that MPs were not allowed to be with Jagan in the meeting with Modi.

The Telugu media gave different reports. Sakshi briefly said that Jagan pleaded with Modi for special status, Central funds for Polavaram, backward regions and welfare programmes. Unlike before, Sakshi couldn’t show photos or videos of today’s meeting. On the other hand, ABN gave elaborate reports to say that Modi gave a dressing down to Jagan on the issue of growing anti-investment climate. Modi asked Jagan why Kia Motors is leaving Andhra Pradesh and why global companies complained against AP at the Davos economic meet.

The other media are not sensationalising Jagan tour. Whatever, no clarity has emerged whether Modi supported 3 Capitals plan or not. At the same time, there are widespread fears in AP that Jagan will speed up Capital shifting to Vizag in the coming weeks if he gets positive indications from Modi.

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Jagan to meet Modi in Delhi tomorrow

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AP CM Jaganmohan Reddy is going on a visit to Delhi tomorrow to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Jagan is expected to take up the issues of AP Council Abolition and 3 Capitals with the Prime Minister. Political circles say that the CMO is making preparations for Jagan Delhi visit.

Speculation is rife that Jagan Reddy is determined to convince and get Modi support for the Capital shifting and Council Abolition. It has been a long time since Modi gave his appointment to AP CM. Especially, the PMO is avoiding YCP MPs including Vijayasai Reddy ever since the cancellation of PPAs of solar power companies. These are global companies. Jagan decision has caused international embarrassment to the Modi government. At such a time, there lot of curiosity on tomorrow’s Jagan-Modi meeting.

Rumours say that Jagan will also meet Amit Shah tomorrow. Shah is also a bit free this time after the Delhi elections. A few weeks ago, Amit Shah didn’t give appointments to Jagan for reasons not officially known.

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Andhra CM urges PM to grant special category status

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to grant special category status to the state in the light of the stand taken by the 15th Finance Commission.

In a letter to Modi, a copy of which was released to the media on Wednesday, Reddy sought his intervention in view of the observation by the panel that the issue comes under the domain of the Centre.

The chief minister wrote that the state government had requested the 15th Finance Commission to consider the plea for grant of the status, favourably. It took the view point that the issue is beyond the purview of Finance Commission.

The chief minister pointed out that the commission in its report made it clear that the issue is entirely in the domain of the central government, which can take an appropriate decision after due consideration.

Earlier, the Centre’s argument was that with the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission, special category ceased to exist.

The Ministry of Finance, while ruling out special category stand in 2016 had cited the report of 14th Finance Commission.

The chief minister, however, argued that there is ‘very definite’ inconsistency between the stand taken by the Ministry of Finance and the stand taken by 15th Finance Commission.

He said the state was subjected to gross injustice owning to the non-grant of the special category status. He said this was the most vital of the statements made in the Parliament at the time of the passage of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill, 2014, to mitigate the economic hardships that the state would suffer as a consequence of the bifurcation.

Reddy said during several occasions in the past, be brought to Modi’s attention the widespread distress prevailing in the state.

“The people of Andhra Pradesh remain hapless victims of this unfortunate scenario,” he wrote.

Reddy hailed the Union Budget saying in these difficult times when the economy is sluggish and the sentiment is weak, the budget has been most reassuring and provided necessary enthusiasm.

“However, there is a sense of dissastisfaction among the people of Andhra Pradesh as there is no specific mention regarding the steps intended to be taken to support the state,” he added.

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Didn’t AP Circar send Council abolition resolution to Union Cabinet?

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Are the Modi government at the Centre and the Jagan Reddy government in Andhra Pradesh playing a cat and mouse game? If so, who is the cat and who is the mouse? Modi budget has no allocations at all for AP but still Jagan Reddy doesn’t criticise BJP in his official capacity as the Chief Minister of AP. Now, the Centre says that it has not received any communication from the Jagan Reddy government officially about Council abolition or Capital City shifting.

On the contrary, Jagan Circar already indicated that the AP Assembly resolution for Council abolition was sent to the Union Cabinet. But Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kishan Reddy himself told the media that the Centre has not yet received any official communication from AP about Council abolition. Kishan Reddy said this after Amaravati farmers met and requested him in Delhi to use his good offices to stop Capital shifting.

Kishan Reddy’s statement triggered doubts whether Jagan Circar is spreading lies and rumours on getting Central nod for Council abolition. There are also doubts whether CM Jagan wants to abolish Council without informing the Centre at all.

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PM Modi keen to move beyond gradual moves in Union Budget

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems keen to present a Budget that goes beyond incrementalism and gradualism.

On January 6, he held a series of meetings with Indian Inc, economists and experts on the Union Budget for 2020-21.

“He was open to criticism and heard out suggestions and seems keen to present a budget that goes beyond incrementalism and gradualism,” a source said.

The Modi government seems to be getting ready to roll out a series of bold initiatives in the Union Budget.

The PM has held as many as 12 meetings with sectoral experts and is investing a lot of time in these interactions stretching up to 2 hours as happened at the Niti Aayog on January 6.

Home Minister Amit Shah was also present in the meeting. Over the last few days the Prime Minister has been brainstorming over a range of issues affecting the economy and on thrashing out appropriate policy interventions.

He has held as many as 12 meetings so far with groups of industrialists and experts. This pre-Budget exercise is probably is the most extensive ever consultations that Modi has held on the economy in the past five years.

Modi has also held discussions within the Council of Ministers recently on more than one occasion and each ministry has been asked to prepare a five-year vision and the Prime Minister is personally reviewing each plan.

In a meeting with experts held at the Niti Aayog on January 6, the Prime Minister said that he was happy that the two hour open discussion has brought to forefront the experience of people on the ground and those working in their respective fields.

He said that this would enhance the synergy between policy makers and various stakeholders.

Modi said that the idea of $5 trillion dollar economy is not a sudden development and that it is based on a deep understanding of the strengths of the country.

He said that the strong absorbent capacity of Indian economy shows the strength of its basic fundamentals and its capacity to bounce back.

The Prime Minister said that the sectors like tourism, urban development, infrastructure and agri-based industry have a great potential to taking forward the economy and for employment generation.

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AP Council resolution sent to Modi Cabinet

The Jaganmohan Reddy government in Andhra Pradesh has sent the Assembly resolution for Council abolition to the Modi Cabinet for its approval. A copy of the resolution and the details of voting in the Assembly were sent to the Union Cabinet Secretary.

As per indications, it would now be the Prime Minister’s discretion whether or not to immediately take up the AP resolution in the next Cabinet meeting. There is also a possibility for the PM to seek the opinion of Union Home Minister Amit Shah and other seniors.

Moreover, the BJP National President JP Nadda, strategists, party AP President Kanna Lakshminarayan and others would also be consulted before the Union Cabinet approval. More importantly, the abolition bill issue would have to be discussed in the BJP-Jana Sena Coordination Committee meeting as well. Jagan Reddy might have sent the abolition resolution at a jet speed but the Centre may take its own sweet time to approve it because of the huge political mind games involved in the process.

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Will Modi-Shah support abolition of AP Council?

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In the 2019 general election, the BJP could not win a single MLA seat in Andhra Pradesh. The party is literally washed out in the massive Jagan Reddy wave. Very ironically, the BJP made its own contribution to Jagan’s huge victory with its strategic support through election commission and peethadhipathis. However, BJP national leaders were somehow happy that Chandrababu Naidu suffered a humiliating defeat. Even this happiness is in danger now as Jagan Reddy is going to abolish AP Legislative Council. BJP has got two MLCs in the Council as of now. If Jagan Reddy succeeds in abolishing this Upper House, the BJP will be left with no representation of its own in the AP legislature.

Political circles say that it will indeed be a very hard time for the BJP strategists like GVL Narasimha Rao. They would like to support Council abolition as it would wipe out TDP domination altogether in AP legislature. GVL and IYR Krishna Rao are known for their hatred towards Chandrababu for many reasons. But if Council is abolished, it would lead to an existential crisis for the BJP in the state. BJP ally Jana Sena is also not present in both Assembly and Council right now. Amid such questions, it is a must that the Parliament has to approve of AP Council abolition. Will Modi-Shah favour this considering political challenges to their party?

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Mohan Babu could meet Modi but not Jagan

It is several months now that Modi-Shah have stopped giving appointments to AP CM Jaganmohan Reddy. The BJP top leaders are ignoring even Jagan’s Number 2 leader Vijayasai Reddy also. A few weeks ago, Jagan Reddy in his capacity as Chief Minister went all the way to Delhi and waited for hours together. But Modi and Amit Shah did not meet him. Prior to the elections, it was totally different. At that time, Modi-Shah doors were always open for Jagan Reddy, Vijayasai Reddy, Mekapati Reddy and all YCP MPs. But these days, Modi-Shah are encouraging mostly non-Reddy and non-YSR family loyalists from Andhra Pradesh. It is already known how they gave lot of importance to YCP non-Reddy MP Raghurama Krishnam Raju. Now, Modi has spent nearly an hour with YCP leader and actor Mohan Babu’s family and took photos with them.

It has spread at the national level also that Jagan Reddy has targetted one particular caste in AP. Mohan Babu belongs to this particular community. He has badly embarrassed Chandrababu in last elections by holding street protests on fee reimbursement. Now, Mohan Babu is apparently unhappy that he has not received enough importance in YCP. It is well known that Mohan Babu expects more and more in return for his support to anybody. His meeting with Modi came as a big surprise to even YCP Ministers and MLAs. All this is fuelling fears as to what Modi-Shah are going to do to counter Jagan Reddy in the coming future.

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No discussion on NRC a tactical retreat by Modi: Kishor

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Janata Dal-United (JD-U) Vice President and election strategist Prashant Kishor on Thursday took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his remarks that “no discussion over NRC” has taken place, saying it was a “tactical retreat” in the face of nationwide protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act and the NRC.

In a tweet, Kishor said, “The claim of ‘Abhi to NRC ki koi charhca hi nahi hui hai’ (No discussion over NRC has taken place) is nothing but a tactical retreat in the face of nationwide protests against the CAA and the NRC. It is a pause and not the full stop.”

“Government could wait till Supreme Court judgement on CAA. A favourable court order and the whole process will be back,” Kishor said.

Kishor was referring to the remarks of the Prime Minister during the BJP’s rally in Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan on December 22 where he said that no discussion over NRC has taken place.

Earlier, Kishor, who has been instrumental in making the then BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s ‘chai pe charcha’ campaign a success, also took a dig at former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi for not joining the anti-CAA-NRC protests, with whom he worked during the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections in late 2016 and also planned the ‘Khat pe charcha’.

Rahul Gandhi had left for an official tour of South Korea on December 16 morning, a day after violent protests by the students of Jamia Millia Islamia.

Earlier, Kishor had also urged Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to reconsider his decision to support the CAB (Citizenship Amendment Bill) in the Rajya Sabha. After the JD-U supported the Bill, he again took to Twitter and said: “Disappointed to see JD-U supporting CAB that discriminates right of citizenship on the basis of religion.”

“It’s incongruous with the party’s constitution that carries the word secular thrice on the very first page and the leadership that is supposedly guided by Gandhian ideals.”

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CAA a legacy issue, we’ll challenge the challengers: PM

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Condemning violence over the new citizenship law, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the problem over the Citizenship Amendment Act was one of “legacy issues”, asserting that “we will challenge the challengers”.

More than a dozen people have died across Uttar Pradesh in protests against the law. The damage to public property is estimated around Rs 100 crore in seven districts of the state.

Addressing a gathering in the state capital after inaugurating the 25-ft tall bronze statue of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee at Lok Bhawan, the state secretariat, Modi said the legacy problems included Article 370, Ram temple issue and Citizenship Amendment Act.

“We have solved some of the problems that we got as legacy…We will challenge the challengers,” he said, adding the way to give citizenship to refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan has been cleared.

The nation celebrated the 95th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Wednesday.

On the occasion, the Prime Minister also said that a government should work for future generations.

“So far, we have focused on our rights. But now, we should focus on our duties. A government should not work only for five years but also for five generations,” he said, adding those who damage public properties should question themselves. People should not believe in rumours and misinformation,” said the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister also praised Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for development works he has undertaken in the state.

“Good governance is possible only when one takes an inclusive view. And, I am glad that Yodi Adityanath is following this,” he said.

Modi also laid the foundation of Atal Medical University in Lucknow and underlined the importance of preventive healthcare. He said programmes such as Swachch Bharat, Yoga and Fit India are a part of this.

“Preventive healthcare for animals is good for human health too,” Modi said.

The Prime Minister said the priority of his government is “affordability of healthcare” and Ayushman Bharat is the biggest such scheme in the world.

He also said as an MP, Vajpayee had given a new identity to Lucknow and now (Union Defence Minister) Rajnath Singh is carrying forward the the good work.

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Ten takeaways from Narendra Modi’s speech

Amid the countrywide protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed a huge gathering at the Ramlila Maidan here, flaying the opposition parties for their alleged hypocrisy in opposing the new citizenship law.

Here are 10 key points from the Prime Minister’s speech:

* Opposition and Urban Naxals are behind the violence in the name of anti-CAA protests.

* A rumour is being spread that all Mulsims will be sent to detention centres. It’s a lie, it’s a lie, it’s a lie.

* Unity in diversity is India’s speciality

* CAA doesn’t apply to any Indians, be it Hindus or Muslims.

* Burn effigies of Modi as much as you wish, but don’t burn public properties or vehicles of the poor people.

* I request you not to harm the cops. When they help you, they don’t do it depending on your religion.

* Today Mamata (Banerjee) Didi has reached the UN directly from Kolkata. But until a few years ago, this same Mamta Didi was pleading to stop infiltrators from Bangladesh.

* The Congress is upset and desperate at the fact that the governmnet under me is being respected by all prominent Muslim majority nations. Hence, they are dividing the country.

* Boundaries of more than 1,700 colonies in Delhi have been identified in a very short time. Maps of more than 1,200 colonies have also been placed on the portal. Keeping problems unsolved is not our way.

* When we legalised hundreds of colonies in Delhi, did we ask what is your religion or which party do you support?

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Jagan caught in Modi-KCR crossfire: RK Kothapaluku

The increasing differences between Modi-Shah duo and Telangana CM K Chandrasekhara Rao are creating bigger problems for AP CM Jaganmohan Reddy. Modi recently told his party MPs that their party would form the next government in Telangana. TRS leaders are equally launching counter attacks on BJP. In between, Jagan Reddy is not able to maintain previous friendly relations with KCR. AP CM is fearing that any closeness with KCR will anger the BJP Delhi leaders. This would not be good for him because of the Rs. 43,000 cr CBI illegal assets cases. At the same time, KCR is also very unhappy with Jagan Reddy’s U-turn on the Godavari-Krishna river linking project. ABN managing director Radha Krishna, in his Kothapaluku column, says that KCR is citing this as the immediate reason for his unhappiness with Jagan.

RK says that bitterness between Jagan and KCR reached a point of no return. As a result, both of them are maintaining a safe distance. Jagan Reddy has also stopped frequently visiting his Lotus Pond residence in Hyderabad. He is taking all precautions not to hurt KCR badly because of his properties and financial interests in Telangana Capital. KCR is also waiting for his opportunity to take advantage out of Jagan Reddy’s Hyderabad interests.

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KCR is on my radar, Modi tells TS BJP MPs!

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi told BJP MPs that TRS chief and Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao was very much on his radar and he was keenly observing all the ‘political moves’ being made by KCR.

Modi expressed this view when BJP MPs complained to him that KCR opposed Citizenship Amendment Bill in Parliament only to please his friendly party AIMIM.

Modi interacted with TS BJP MPs for about 15 minutes in the Parliament premises on Friday.

Modi exuded confidence that BJP will come to power in Telangana in 2023 Assembly polls and asked Telangana BJP leaders to work hard to achieve the goal.

He inquired about the latest political developments in TS.

Modi also inquired about the recent Disha rape incident and subsequent encounter of the four accuses in the case.

When BJP MPs pointed out that TRS voted against CAB in Parliament, Modi replied that it was expected.

Modi told them that family-controlled parties in the country like TRS are losing their existence and the same will happen in Telangana.

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