New Delhi, Aug 15 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in the first Independence Day speech of his second term, said the government’s decision to repeal Article 370 was a step towards fulfilling Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s dream.
: We do not believe in creating problems or dragging them. In less than 70 days of our new Government, Article 370 was revoked, and in both Houses of Parliament, 2/3rd of the members supported this move.
The government has yet to complete 10 weeks and it has been working tirelessly,
PM Modi Independence Day speech today live updates:
Our security forces are our pride. To further enhance coordination between our forces, I announce a big decision today,India will now have a Chief of Defence Staff- CDS. This is going to make the forces even more strong
PM Modi: Those who give protection to terrorism and support it must be exposed. Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka also are affected by terrorism. All countries in the world need to come together to fight this menace
Population explosion in the country will create various problems for the coming generations. Those who follow the policy of small family also contribute to the development of the nation, it is also a form of patriotism.
PM Narendra Modi says “this is the time to think about the India of the 21st century and how the dreams of the people will be fulfilled.”
7:40 am: PM stresses on water conservation
PM Modi says: “India understands the importance of water conservation and thus, a new ministry for Jal Shakti has been created. Steps have been taken to make the medical sector even more people-friendly.”
7:38 am: The government has yet to complete 10 weeks and it has been working tirelessly, PM says. He also speaks about the abrogation of Article 370 and imposing ban on instant triple talaq. “It has been under 10 weeks since the new government was formed but several pathbreaking decisions have been taken. This includes decisions for Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, the end of Triple Talaq, steps for the welfare of farmers and traders. Article370 and 35A being revoked is a step towards realising the dream of Sardar Patel,” the PM says.
7:35 am: PM remembers freedom fighters
Remembering freedom fighters, PM Modi says: “I bow to all those great women and men who devoted their lives so that India becomes free.”
7:33 am: PM Modi begins Independence Day speech
Beginning his Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi notes that a large part of the country has been hit by floods and many lives have been lost. He assures the government and its agencies’ full support in tackling the situation. “Today, when we are marking Independence Day, many of our citizens are suffering due to floods in various parts of the country. We stand in solidarity with those who are affected by the floods,” he says.
7:31 am: PM Narendra Modi unfurls Tricolour as National Anthem plays in the background at the Red Fort.
7:20 am: PM Narendra Modi arrives at Red Fort. He inspects the Guard of Honour before addressing the nation.
7:10 am: PM Modi pays tribute to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat ahead of attending the Independence Day celebrations at Red Fort.