Dr S Jaishankar – External Affairs Minister:
Thank President Prithvirajsing Roopun for receiving me.
Warm discussion on our ‘super special’ relationship. Expressed satisfaction at the impact it has made on the lives of the people.
Met with Leader of Opposition Dr. Arvin Boolell. Emphasised India’s strong and consistent support to the development of Mauritius.
Exchanged views with MMM (Mouvement Militant Mauricien) Party leader & former PM Paul Bérenger on growing India-Mauritius ties. Conveyed India’s continued commitment to progress & development of Mauritius.
Vaccine Maitri in action, this time in jabs. Stopped by at the Covid Vaccination Centre at Victoria Hospital using Made in India vaccines.
Accompanied Health Minister Dr. Kailesh Kumar Singh Jagutpal to the new ENT hospital built with Indian assistance. Glad to see that it plays a key role in Mauritius’ fight against COVID.
Sukhbir Singh Badal – President, Akali Dal:
Akali Dal will gherao Punjab Vidhan Sabha on the opening day of the forthcoming Budget Session on March 1 to give voice to the widespread popular resentment against Capt Amarinder’s sacrilegious act of breaking his promises made to the people of Punjab.
The party protest will also focus on the back-breaking hike in electricity bills as well as increase in prices of diesel, petrol & LPG as a result of excessive central and state govt taxes even while the overall crude oil prices are falling in the world market.
Strongly condemn the shocking insensitivity of Congress govt towards Dalit youth through its brazen denial of Post Matric Scholarships to them.
Akali Dal will ensure justice for the beleaguered people of Punjab who are feeling cheated by a brazenly dishonest Congress govt.
Akali Dal condemns the murder of democracy by Congress goons through state repression in the just concluded civic poll in the state.
There is complete jungle raj in Punjab today where the state is being held to ransom by gun wielding Congress goons. Law & order in the state is in shambles.
Akali Dal core committee today paid glowing tributes to all farmers who have sacrificed their lives during the on-going struggle against centre’s 3 hated agri laws.
These farmers are martyrs to the cause of peasantry and of a prosperous Punjab.
Blocking the pilgrimage to Sri Nankana Sahib in Pak, GOI has made an outrageous assault on the religious sentiments of devout Sikh masses.
When all other travel activities are proceeding unaffected by COVID, it’s totally unjustified to term Sikh pilgrimage as a health hazard.
Capt Amarinder Singh – Chief Minister, Punjab:
Dedicated municipal projects worth ₹1087 Cr to the people of Punjab including 722 Cr surface water scheme to provide 24×7 supply for Holy city of Amritsar & 129 Cr for the development of Sultanpur Lodhi.
My Govt. is leaving no stone unturned to ensure all-round development.
Pinayari Vijayan – Chief Minister, Kerala:
What we saw in Puducherry is a business deal between those who are willing to sell and buy democracy.
It’s a shameful chapter in Indian democracy!
BJP is playing a dangerous game of replacing democracy with money & communalism.
INC representatives are queuing up to switch sides.
When INC reduces itself to a commodity that can be bought by BJP, it is the left and democratic forces that put forth alternative politics.
Puducherry reminds us of the need to strengthen such forces that are unwavering in their defence of democracy, secularism and development.
Prime Minister’s Office:
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi dedicated to the nation INDMAX Unit at Indian Oil’s Bongaigaon Refinery, Oil India Limited’s Secondary Tank Farm at Madhuban, Dibrugarh and a Gas Compressor Station at Hebeda Village, Makum, Tinsukia remotely from Dhemaji in Assam today.
He also inaugurated the Dhemaji Engineering College and laid the foundation stone for Sualkuchi Engineering College in Assam.
Governor of Assam Prof. Jagdish Mukhi, Chief Minister of Assam Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan and Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Shri Rameswar Teli were also present on the occasion.
Addressing the public at the event, the Prime Minister said North East will be the new growth engine of India and he is inspired to work more for the people of Assam.
He recalled how the North Bank in the Brahmaputra gave birth to Assamese cinema eight decades ago with the film Joymoti.
He added this region has produced many personalities that enhanced the pride of Assam’s culture.
He said the Centre and State Governments are working together for the balanced development of Assam and the major basis of this is the state’s infrastructure.
Criticizing the opposition, the Prime Minister said in spite of the great potential in the North Bank, the earlier governments gave the region a step-motherly treatment and did not prioritize the requirements of connectivity, hospitals, institutions of education, industries for this region.
He added that the Government is working on the mantra of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas and Sabka Vishwas’ and has overcome this discrimination.
He further listed the infrastructure projects in Assam which were inaugurated by the Government.
He said, today, energy and education infrastructure projects worth more than Rs 3000 crore are launched in this region.
He said these projects will strengthen the identity of the region as a hub of energy and education and would act as a symbol of Assam.
The Prime Minister stressed the necessity for India to continuously become self-sufficient, to increase its strength and also its capabilities. He said over the years, the refining capacity in India has greatly increased, especially at the Bongaigaon Refinery.
He added the gas unit plant launched today is going to increase the capacity of LPG production and will make life easier for the people in Assam and Northeast.
It will also increase employment opportunities for the youth in this region.
He lauded the Assam government for launching a campaign to lease land to small tea growers.
He said now the need of the people in Assam is to strengthen the double engine of development and progress.
Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s speech at tractor rally & farmer’s meeting in Wayanad, via INC India. Excerpts:
The entire world can see the difficulty faced by Indian farmers but the Govt in Delhi is unable to understand the pain of the farmers.
We have pop stars commenting on the situation of the farmers but the Indian Govt is not interested
They are not going to take back these three new laws unless they are forced and there is a reason for it; these three laws are designed to destroy the agricultural system in India and give the entire business to 2-3 of Mr Modi’s friends
The biggest business in this country is agriculture & there is a big difference between this business & every other business. While other businesses are mostly owned by one individual, agriculture is owned by 40% of India’s people
Who are all these people that own the agriculture business? They are farmers, labourers, small traders that work in mandis, small shopkeepers, fruit and vegetable cart vendors, millions and millions of Indians own this business
There are many people who want to own this business, they don’t want it to belong to 40% of India. Agriculture is the only business that belongs to Bharat Mata. These 3 laws are designed to allow 2-3 to own and control Indian agriculture
In my Parliament speech I said in Hindi, ‘hum do, humare do’. Two people in Govt partnering with two people outside the Govt. The idea is that these 4 people control agriculture, farmers sell their produce directly to these big businesses
They want to destroy the entire agricultural chain and the chain protects 40% of our country. The same chain gives food to 100% of our country
The first law says that the biggest businesses in the country and outside can buy the farmers produce anywhere and any amount. This law will destroy the concept of mandi, farmers market
Imagine if the biggest businesses can go directly to the farmers and buy, what is the need for mandis? The first law is designed to destroy farmers market
Second law says biggest businesses in India can store as much grain, fruits & vegetables as they want, for as long as they want. This is a direct attack on Essential Commodities Act, designed to ensure farmer can’t negotiate for price
Already a huge percentage of the grain that is kept in silos is owned by one man. He is the same man who is being gifted all the airports and ports
Third law is the most fantastic of them all. It says that if the farmer has a dispute about the price of what he is selling, he cannot go to court. It takes away the legal rights of the farmers
We oppose these laws. We’ll make sure Govt is forced to take back these laws. We are standing with the farmers, we will help them and ensure the BJP Govt takes back these laws
Buffer zone is going to pose tremendous hardship for the people of Wayanad and I wrote to the Govt in Delhi and said this is completely unacceptable. We asked a question in Parliament about the buffer zone and why it has been imposed
We were shocked to hear the Minister say that Govt in Kerala has recommended it. Everybody understands the damage that buffer zone is going to cause and I think it is very important that the Govt of Kerala change their position on this
I request the Chief Minister to please kindly do the needful and fix this problem
Naveen Patnaik – CM, Odisha:
Glad to receive a copy of Odisha Budget 2021 through a pen drive as part of Green Budget initiative, becoming one of the first states to adopt complete E-budgeting.
Finance Minister Shri Pujari will present budget through a tablet & it will be available to citizens online
It is a matter of immense happiness for our Government that we have got the opportunity to serve people of the North Bank of Assam:
Breakthrough all barriers and feel that you are blessed, this is the one and only step you have to take. The rest will all happen: