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PM to Visit Chhattisgarh on Tuesday; Will Inaugurate NMDC’s Steel Plant, New Rail Lines in Bastar Region

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Published By: Kavya Mishra

Last Updated: October 02, 2023, 22:03 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Photo: PTI file)

The Congress has called for a ‘bandh’ (shutdown) in the region during the PM’s visit alleging the Modi government wants to privatise the steel plant, which is located in Nagarnar village

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a public meeting in Jagdalpur city in poll-bound Chhattisgarh on Tuesday and also dedicate to the nation and lay foundation stones of several projects worth Rs 26,000 crore, including the NMDC’s steel plant.

Incidentally, the Congress has called for a ‘bandh’ (shutdown) in the region during the PM’s visit alleging the Modi government wants to privatise the steel plant, which is located in Nagarnar village, some 22 kilometres from Jagdalpur in Bastar district.

It will be Modi’s fourth visit in the last two-and-half months to the Congress-ruled state, where Assembly polls are likely to be held at the end of the year.

“The PM’s programme will be held at 11 am at Lalbag Maidan in Jagdalpur, the headquarter of Bastar district. He will dedicate to the nation the greenfield NMDC Steel Ltd Steel Plant built at a cost of more than Rs 23,800 crore in Nagarnar,” a PIB release said.

“It will produce high quality steel and will provide employment opportunities to thousands of people in the plant as well as in ancillary and downstream industries,” the Press Information Bureau (PIB) release added.

The PM will also dedicate a new rail line between Antagarh and Tadoki and a rail line doubling project between Jagdalpur and Dantewada.

He will lay the foundation stone of Boridand-Surajpur rail line doubling project and redevelopment of Jagdalpur station under Amrit Bharat Station Scheme, as well as flag off the Tadoki-Raipur DEMU train service, it said.

“The Prime Minister will also dedicate to the nation a road upgradation project from Kunkuri (Jashpur district) to Chhattisgarh-Jharkhand border section of National Highway-43,” it said.

The PM will subsequently address the ‘Parivartan Mahasankalp rally’ of the Bharatiya Janata Party at the same venue from a different stage.

A police official said a multi-layered security blanket, involving personnel of the state police and contingents of Special Protection Group (SPG), has been put in place in the area, located around 8 kilometres from Raigarh town.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)



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Tamilisai Soundararajan Clears Air About Video Of Amit Shah ‘Scolding Her’, Says Was Discussing ‘Post-Poll Challenges’

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The clip went viral after some state BJP leaders posted it on social media suggesting that Shah was rebuking Soundararajan for remarks purportedly targeting Annamalai (Image: X)

In a video clip from Telugu Desham Party (TDP) leader Chandrababu Naidu’s swearing-in ceremony as Andhra Pradesh chief minister on Wednesday, Shah can be seen talking to BJP’s former Tamil Nadu chief Soundararajan animatedly while gesturing with his finger

Amid the controversy surrounding a viral video of her interaction with senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Amit Shah,  former Telangana governor Tamilisai Soundararajan tried to end speculation of her getting “admonished” and said the Union Home Minister was asking her to “carry out political and constituency work intensively”.

Soundararajan took to X to clear the air around the clip and said she met Shah for the first time following the declaration of Lok Sabha poll results and the duo was talking about “post-poll follow-up”.

“Yesterday as I met our Honorable Home Minister Sri @AmitShah ji in AP for the first time after the 2024 Elections he called me to ask about post-poll followup and the challenges faced”

“As I was elaborating, due to paucity of time with utmost concern, he advised to carry out the political and constituency work intensively which was reassuring. This is to clarify all unwarranted speculations,” she said.

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In a video clip from Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader Chandrababu Naidu’s swearing-in ceremony as Andhra Pradesh chief minister on Wednesday, Shah can be seen talking to BJP’s former Tamil Nadu chief Soundararajan animatedly while gesturing with his finger.

The clip went viral after some state BJP leaders posted it on social media suggesting that Shah was rebuking Soundararajan for remarks purportedly targeting Tamil Nadu BJP chief K Annamalai.

Soundararajan contested from the South Chennai Lok Sabha seat. She lost the election to DMK’s Tamizhachi Thangapandian.

Her comment assumes significance in the wake of rumours of an intra-party feud in the Tamil Nadu unit of the BJP.

Soundararajan, on her return to Chennai on Wednesday, declined to comment, when she was asked by reporters on the claims of a discord within the party vis-a-vis her interaction with Shah.

Her alleged comments on “criminal elements” in the BJP and that “the party would have won had there been an alliance with the AIADMK” were among the triggering factors.

Politics Over Viral Video

Soon after the video went viral, DMK  spokesperson Saravanan Annadurai questioned the Home Minister for using harsh words with threatening body language against a woman leader.

“What kind of politics is this? Is it civilised to bring a senior woman leader from Tamil Nadu on stage and exhibit harsh words, with a threatening body language? Is Amit Shah unaware that everyone will be watching this? Sets a very wrong precedent,” he said in a post on X.





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Those Who Became Arrogant Were Stopped at 241 by Lord Ram: Indresh Kumar

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RSS leader Indresh Kumar slammed the ruling BJP for arrogance and the opposition INDIA bloc for being anti-Ram. (File Photo)

Speaking at the ‘Ramrath Ayodhya Yatra Darshan Poojan Samaroh’ at Kanota near Jaipur, the RSS national executive member did not mention the rivals by name but suggested that the poll outcome reflected their attitudes

In hard-hitting remarks on the outcome of the Lok sabha polls, RSS leader Indresh Kumar on Thursday slammed the ruling BJP for “arrogance” and the opposition INDIA bloc for being “anti-Ram”.

Speaking at the ‘Ramrath Ayodhya Yatra Darshan Poojan Samaroh’ at Kanota near Jaipur, the RSS national executive member did not mention the rivals by name but suggested that the poll outcome reflected their attitudes.

“The party which did the bhakti (of lord Ram) but became arrogant was stopped at 241 but it was made the biggest party,” he said, in an apparent reference to Narendra Modi-led BJP which got 240 seats in the Lok Sabha seats.

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‘Congress’ Vendetta Politics Over Case Against Rahul’: BJP On Warrant Against BS Yediyurappa In Pocso Case

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The 81-year-old Yediyurappa has denied the charge and said he would fight the case legally. (PTI)

According to police, Yediyurappa has been booked under the POCSO Act and Section 354 A (Sexual harassment) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) based on a complaint by the mother of a 17-year-old girl who alleged that he molested her daughter during a meeting on February 2

Soon after a Bengaluru court issued an arrest warrant against former Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa in a Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act case registered against him, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) accused the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah-led Congress government of doing “politics of vendetta”.

Addressing the media in Bengaluru, former BJP national General Secretary CT Ravi said the Siddaramaiah government is pursuing the case after four months in retaliation for dragging Rahul Gandhi to court in a defamation case.

The case was registered against Yeddyurappa on March 14. The 81-year-old Yediyurappa has denied the charge and said he would fight the case legally.

“Is this not politics of hatred? CM Siddaramaiah claimed he wouldn’t pursue the politics of hatred, but now he is doing just that. The people of the state will question this. The people are asking why the government was inactive for four months after the POCSO case was lodged against Yediyurappa. Home Minister G. Parameshwara had even stated that there was no substance in the case,” Ravi said.

The BJP leader also claimed that it is an open secret that since Rahul Gandhi was dragged to court in Bengaluru, the Congress wants the BJP to be dragged to court as well.

“We will honour the court order in Yediyurappa’s case. But this is a political conspiracy. The alleged incident took place on February 2, and the case was lodged in March. Yediyurappa had gone to the police station to record his statement. But the police told him that it was not necessary, and later recorded his statement at his residence,” Ravi said.

Commenting on the matter, N. Ravikumar, BJP MLC and the party chief whip in the Legislative Council, said that there is no substance or truth in the case.

“Home Minister Parameshwara had said that the complainant is mentally challenged and has lodged more than 60 cases against IAS/IPS officers, and politicians. The government itself had said that this case was not important. Despite Yediyurappa conveying to the police that he was ready to give a statement, the police asked him not to come to the police station and later collected his voice sample in April,” he said, adding that the entire matter is a conspiracy hatched by the Congress in retaliation to Rahul Gandhi being dragged to court in a defamation case.

“The CM, Deputy CM, and Home Minister have acted on the advice of Congress’ Karnataka in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala and hatched this conspiracy,” Ravikumar alleged.

“The Congress, which did not act in the last four months, has suddenly woken up. They have obtained a non-bailable arrest warrant and want to arrest Yediyurappa. This is highly condemnable,” said BJP MLC Chalawadi Narayanaswamy.

Case Against Yeddyurappa

In a major development, a special court in Bengaluru on Thursday issued a non-bailable warrant against the BJP veteran in connection with a POCSO case against him relating to the alleged sexual harassment of a minor.

According to police, Yediyurappa has been booked under the POCSO Act and Section 354 A (Sexual harassment) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) based on a complaint by the mother of a 17-year-old girl who alleged that he molested her daughter during a meeting on February 2 this year, at his residence in Dollars Colony here.

The victim’s brother had filed a petition in the court earlier this week alleging that though the case was registered on March 14, no progress has been made in the investigation. The petitioner prayed that Yediyurappa should be arrested and interrogated.

After the Sadashivanagar police registered the case in March, the Karnataka Director General of Police Alok Mohan issued an order transferring it to the CID for further investigation.

The 54-year-old woman, who had levelled the charge against Yediyurappa, died at a private hospital in the city last month, due to lung cancer.

In April, the CID collected the voice sample of Yediyurappa after summoning him to the office.

The government, meanwhile, has appointed Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) Ashok H Nayak to represent the CID in the case. Yediyurappa has moved the court seeking quashing of the FIR.



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