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Don’t believe in vote bank politics, nation comes first: PM Modi

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New Delhi, Sep 23, 2017: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that the BJP does not believe in votebank politics and the party’s sole agenda was the country’s development.

Addressing a gathering of farmers in Shahanshahpur of Varanasi, Modi said “For us, governance is not about votes or winning elections. The priority is the well-being of the nation. Our culture is different as for us, country is bigger than party.”

“Doubling of farmers income is an area in which significant work is being done. Schemes like soil health card are benefitting farmers,” PM Modi said.

Talking on sanitation, Modi said “That is because sanitation is also a kind of worship for me. It will rid the poor of my country of various diseases and the economic burden due to those diseases that result from dirty surroundings.”

He said while no one likes garbage, everyone in India shies away from the responsibility of keeping their surroundings clean.

“It is the responsibility of every citizen and every family to keep their surroundings clean so we are able to build clean villages, clean cities and a clean nation,” Modi said.

The Prime Minister urged people to take one resolution each to improve the nation by 2022, which marks 75 years of independence.

“In the coming five years, we have to be committed towards that resolution. If 125 crore people take one resolution each and live up to it, then the nation would move 125 crore steps forward in the next five years,” he said.

Modi added the government’s resolution was to double the farmer’s income and ensure even the poorest of the poor have a home to live in by 2022.

“There are crores of families in our nation which don’t have a roof above their heads. It is our responsibility that the poorest of the poor have a home to live in.

“So we have taken the responsibility that by 2022, we will build homes for everyone who doesn’t have one now, be it in cities or in villages.”

He added that those homes – crores in number – would need bricks, cement, iron and wood, and would create several employment opportunities.

Taking a dig at the previous Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh, Modi said it had no interest in building homes for the poor.

“We used to write them letters after letters to submit a list of homeless so we could create a scheme for them. But the last government was not interested in building homes for the poor. After putting a lot of pressure on them, they submitted a list of 10,000 names,” Modi said.

He added that after the BJP formed government in the state under the leadership of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, lakhs of names have been registered for whom homes would be built.

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Pak Minister’s Admission Revealed Truth Of Pulwama Attack, Silenced Govt Critics: Rajnath Singh

Pakistani minister Fawad Chaudhry admitted that his country was responsible for the Pulwama terrorist attack in J&K that killed 40 CRPF personnel

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Friday said that a Pakistani minister’s admission of his country’s involvement in the 2019 Pulwama attack has revealed the truth on the matter and silenced those who had questioned the NDA government’s intent on the issue.

His statement came at an election rally a day after senior Pakistani minister Fawad Chaudhry sensationally admitted that his country was responsible for the Pulwama terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir that killed 40 CRPF personnel and brought the two countries to the brink of a war.

“A Pakistani minister has revealed the truth in the Pulwama attack by giving a statement in the National Assembly. Pakistan has accepted that they were behind the Pulwama attack. Until now, they had been saying they were not involved in it,” he said.

Forty Central Reserve Police Force personnel were killed on February 14, 2019, when a jeep laden with explosives had hit a convoy of vehicles carrying security personnel on the Jammu-Srinagar highway at Lethpora in Pulwama.

Singh said, “Congress leaders had questioned our intent then. But now that a Pakistani minister has given a statement in the National Assembly that Pakistan was involved in the Pulwama attack, they are silent,” he said.

He said Opposition leaders were indirectly empowering Pakistan.

“Whenever we work for the country’s security with all our strength, the Congress and other opposition leaders raise questions,” he said.

The senior BJP leader said when former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had divided Pakistan into two, BJP stalwart late

Atal Bihari Vajpayee had praised her in Parliament.

“But, the Congress today has only one work left: doubting and raising questions over the government’s achievements. On the issue of the country’s territorial integrity, we should rise above political lines and work together, he added.

Singh said the opposition keeps saying that China has “grabbed” India’s land, but if “we reveal the achievements of our Army, you all will jump out of joy”.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had said in a recent political rally that China had captured “1200 km” of Indian land.

Singh said 20 Indian soldiers made the supreme sacrifice in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh in clashes with Chinese troops to protect the country.

Moving on to other issues, he said the country would have been in a much better position if the promises made by leaders in Independent India would have been fulfilled even partially.

“But we walk the talk,” he said, and listed the abrogation of Article 370, the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, providing gas connection to households as major government achievements.

He said it’s Prime Minister Narendra Modis resolve to provide tap water in every house and it is being done expeditiously.

Praising Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s works and achievements, Singh said there is absolutely no stain on the JD (U) chief over his works during the 15 years of his rule.

He said, “we don’t hold ‘Tel Piyawan, Danda Bhanjan’ rallies, we hold rallies for development”.

Singhs reference to ‘Tel Piyawan, Danda Bhanjan’ (dipping lathis in oil and wielding them to assert power) was a -throwback to an RJD rally in 2003, two years before the party was ousted from power in Bihar.

“We don’t open charwaha schools (schools for those grazing their cattle) now, we want to make their children IAS officers, IPS officers, doctors and engineers,” he said, ridiculing RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s pet project of Charwaha Vidyalaya.

“The lantern (RJDs polls symbol) era has ended, and the LED era has ushered in,” he wryly said.

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India And US Discuss UNSC Agenda, Will Work Together On ‘Rule-Based International Order’

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India and the US have held wide ranging discussions on issues on the UN Security Council agenda and agreed to work closely given their shared values of democracy, pluralism and rule-based international order, officials in Washington said.

Earlier this year, India, along with Mexico and Ireland, was elected a non-permanent member for a two-year term starting January 1, 2021.

The consultations between India and the US are reflective of the efforts on the part of the two countries to coordinate on a host of global issues that would come up before the powerful organ of the United Nations next year.

“Both sides held wide-ranging discussions on issues on the UN Security Council agenda and recent developments,” the Embassy of India here said in a statement on Thursday.

“They agreed to work closely together given their shared values of democracy, pluralism and rule-based international order, during India’s upcoming term as a non-permanent member of the UNSC during 2021-22,” it said.

India has been pushing for reforms of the United Nations, including the Security Council, stating that its composition doesn’t reflect the current realities and is not representative enough.

The UNSC has 15 members, including five permanent members – the US, the UK, France, Russia and China. China is the only permanent member of the UNSC which is opposed to India’s inclusion into the powerful organ. Half of the 10 non-permanent members are elected every year for a two-year term.

Indian delegation for the two-day consultations on Wednesday and Thursday was led by Vinay Kumar, Additional Secretary (International Organisation and Summits) in the Ministry of External Affairs.

The delegation included senior officials from the Ministry of External Affairs, the Permanent Mission of India in New York and the Embassy of India in Washington, DC.

The US delegation was led by Pamela D Pryor, Acting Assistant Secretary for State Department’s Bureau of International Organisation Affairs, and included other senior State Department officials.

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Javadekar: Those who called Pulwama a ‘conspiracy’ must apologise

Now his own minister has exposed Khan’s lies. Forty CRPF Jawans were martyred in an attack in Pulwama on February 14, 2019.

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New Delhi: A day after Pakistan’s acceptance that it was behind the Pulwama attack in India last year, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar has targeted opposition leaders who spread conspiracy theories about it, asking them to apologise to the country.

“Pakistan has admitted that it was behind the Pulwama attack,” the Union Information and Broadcasting Minister said on Friday. “Now, the Congress and the rest of those who talked about a conspiracy should apologise to the country.”

Javadekar’s response came after the statement of Pakistan Minister Fahad Chaudhry in Pakistan’s parliament on Thursday saying that the attack in Pulwama was a big success for Pakistan under the leadership of Imran Khan.

After the confession, Pakistan has once again been exposed.

India had already proved Pakistan’s role in the Pulwama attack on the basis of hard facts. But Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan was not ready to accept its complicity.

Now his own minister has exposed Khan’s lies. Forty CRPF Jawans were martyred in an attack in Pulwama on February 14, 2019.

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