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PM Modi gears up for Bengal blitz with public meetings in key constituencies on May 3

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New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) As Prime Minister Narendra Modi gears up to address public meetings in Bardhaman, Krishnanagar, and Bolpur constituencies in West Bengal, with an additional one in Jharkhand, on May 3, it is evident that his focus on Bengal for the ongoing Lok Sabha polls remains unwavering.

PM Modi’s strategic emphasis on West Bengal underscores not only the significance of the state in the electoral landscape but also the BJP’s aspirations to make substantial inroads into a traditionally challenging territory.

Needless to say, West Bengal has emerged as a pivotal battleground, with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) eyeing significant gains in these Lok Sabha elections. The state, traditionally dominated by regional parties like the Trinamool Congress (TMC), now presents a ripe opportunity for the BJP to increase its tally.

PM Modi’s decision to hold three back-to-back rallies in the TMC-ruled state on May 3 bears testimony to the fact that BJP is keen to capitalise on this opportunity.

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With 42 Lok Sabha seats, Bengal offers a substantial share in the parliamentary equation.

The state’s political landscape has witnessed significant shifts in recent years.

The BJP, once a marginal player, has steadily increased its presence, primarily by positioning itself as an alternative to the ruling TMC.

This shift is particularly notable in areas like Bardhaman, Krishnanagar, and Bolpur, where the BJP has made significant electoral gains in recent state and local elections.

Bengal’s political discourse often revolves around issues of identity, culture, and regional pride.

PM Modi’s campaign in these constituencies is likely to be tailored to resonate with the state’s cultural ethos while also emphasising national development agendas. His speeches are expected to touch upon themes of Hindutva, development, and national security, strategically aligning with the BJP’s core ideology.

PM Modi’s decision to address public meetings in specific constituencies underscores the BJP’s targeted approach towards consolidating support in key electoral battlegrounds.

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Bardhaman, Krishnanagar, and Bolpur are significant as they represent a mix of urban and rural demographics, where the BJP has been actively expanding its support base.

PM Modi’s presence in West Bengal is not merely symbolic; it’s a demonstration of the BJP’s organisational strength and its commitment to challenging the dominance of regional parties in the state.

By rallying support in these constituencies, PM Modi aims to energise party workers and bolster the BJP’s electoral machinery for the polls.

The Prime Minister’s speeches are likely to present a counter-narrative to the ruling TMC’s governance model. He may highlight issues such as law and order, corruption, and economic development, portraying the BJP as a viable alternative capable of addressing the state’s socio-economic challenges effectively.

PM Modi’s focus on West Bengal for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls reflects the BJP’s strategic calculations and its determination to expand its footprint in a politically significant state.

As the Prime Minister addresses public meetings in Bengal and Jharkhand, all eyes will be on the electoral dynamics unfolding in these crucial battlegrounds, with implications that extend far beyond regional politics.

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–IANS

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Madhya Pradesh CM seeks guidance for governance from PM Modi

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New Delhi/Bhopal, June 20 (IANS) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mohan Yadav met PM Narendra Modi in Delhi on Thursday to seek the latter’s guidance for governance.

The meeting came just a week after the Mohan Yadav-led BJP government completed six months in office in Madhya Pradesh after sweeping the Assembly polls in December last year.

CM Yadav did not make any statement to the press regarding his meeting with the Prime Minister. However, he posted a message on his social media account saying discussions were held on welfare schemes and the all-round development of the state.

“Today I paid a courtesy visit to honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi. Received guidance regarding the all-round development and public welfare schemes of the state under the leadership of the double-engine government,” the post read.

After meeting the Prime Minister, CM Yadav also visited Ayodhya to attend a public programme.

After the Chief Minister’s meeting with the Prime Minister, there are talks in the state’s political circles that the BJP’s central leadership is likely to appoint a new state unit chief as the tenure of V.D. Sharma got over one year back.

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Farmers to receive Rs 3,100 paddy MSP per quintal, says Odisha minister

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Bhubaneswar, June 20 (IANS) Odisha Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Krushna Chandra Patra on Thursday announced that paddy will be procured from the farmers at the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Rs 3,100 per quintal in the current Kharif season.

The hike in paddy MSP is one of the major promises made by the ruling party during the recently held elections.

Speaking to mediapersons here on Thursday, the Food Supplies minister said: “We will ensure the procurement is conducted as per the procedure and will not allow the ‘katni chatni’ (forcible deduction of paddy by millers during procurement). As we had declared in our manifesto, farmers will receive Rs 3,100 as paddy MSP and the amount will be deposited in their accounts within 48 hours. We have already issued directions in this regard and work has already been started accordingly.”

Patra also announced that the farmers would receive the enhanced MSP amount for paddy during procurement from this Kharif season.

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The Minister also made another major announcement that, with technological support from the United Nations World Food Programme, ‘Rice ATM’ will be inaugurated in Bhubaneswar soon.

The ration card beneficiaries can get rice from the ATM using a card provided to them.

Patra also stated that the authorities of the World Food Programme have been requested to open such rice ATMs in different districts of the state as well.

–IANS

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No land will be acquired for Vahavan Port, says JNPA Chairman Umesh Wagh

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Mumbai, June 20 (IANS) A day after the Union Cabinet approved the Rs 76,220 crore deep-water port at Vadhavan near Dahanu in Maharashtra, the Chairman of the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Authority (JNPA), Umesh Wagh, said on Thursday that the first phase will be commissioned in 2029 and the second phase during 2032 and 2037.

Wagh said the JNPA has held several interactions with the villagers and tried to address the various concerns with regard to damage to the environment, dip in fish catch, or the acquisition of land.

Wagh said there was no proposal for a crude oil refinery, saying that these are only rumours.

‘’Let me tell you, there is no proposal for import of crude, hence there’s no question of a refinery,” he said.

On concerns over land acquisition and displacement, Wagh said not an inch of land will be acquired for the port project.

“So there is no question of displacement. There is no doubt left in this particular aspect,’’ he said.

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The port infrastructure comprises nine container terminals, each 1 km in length, four multipurpose berths, four liquid cargo berths, a Ro-Ro berth, a coastal cargo berth, and a coast guard berth. The project involves the reclamation of 1,448 hectares in offshore areas and construction of 10.4 km of breakwater, container/cargo storage areas.

On the concern regarding flooding due to this big project, Wagh said the JNPA is going 6 km inside.

“Exhaustive scientific studies have been carried out which clearly said that as this is an offshore project, there will be no flooding due to the project development,’’ he added.

On concern regarding the livelihood of the fishermen, Wagh admitted that it is a very important aspect.

“Except for a 30 sq km of area, the fishermen can do fishing everywhere. If the fishermen need to shift from the 30 sq km area, we will provide compensation as per the Maharashtra government’s policy. While we have got all the clearances, it doesn’t mean that we will not talk to the fishermen and the villagers. Our offices are open for talks 24×7. Any demand of theirs is most welcome. We will address all their concerns,” he added.

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Time to work together to win upcoming Maha Assembly polls: Praful Patel

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Mumbai, June 20 (IANS) Amid the ongoing verbal duel among the ruling MahaYuti partners over its dismal performance in the Lok Sabha elections, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Working President Praful Patel on Thursday said that everyone should focus on contesting the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly elections together.

He downplayed the blame-game which is underway among the MahaYuti partners, saying that the alliance partners will have to collectively take all decisions and address the various issues faced during the general elections.

“It will be clear that there are many seats where none of the three parties, including BJP, Shiv Sena and NCP managed to give the lead to our candidate. It is futile to play the blame game, and it won’t be beneficial to anyone. The discussion on who won because of whom and who lost because of whom should stop now,” Patel said.

”Analyse the result and find out where we (NCP) have given lead to our allies. Also find where the candidate’s own party failed to give the lead. But that analysis won’t yield much now. We need to stay united and we must keep our entire focus on assembly elections,” he added.

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The NCP leader also sad the contest for the upcoming Assembly election would not be easy “unless all the differences are buried”.

“The farmers’ issue could not be solved. The fake narrative about reservations and the constitution could not be countered. These are the main factors for the defeat,” he said.

Patel, however, said that the MahaYuti government will solve the issues affecting people.

–IANS

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Yechury demands court-monitored SIT probe in NEET case

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Kolkata, June 20 (IANS) CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury on Thursday demanded a court-monitored probe by a special investigation team (SIT) in the UGC-NEET paper leak case.

“An entire system has been polluted. Many influential people are involved in the matter. What is required is a court-monitored probe by a SIT. The future of the youths is being played with. People have lost all hope in agencies like the CBI. Their only task is to hound the opposition parties,” he said while addressing a press conference here.

On the election disaster of the party in West Bengal where the party has once again reduced to zero, Yechury said that the defeat of his party was not just against the BJP or the Trinamool Congress, but also against “muscle power” and “money power”.

CPI-M Politburo member and state Secretary Mohammad Salim, who was also present, said that besides unleashing massive violence on the polling days, there had been massive irregularities in the counting of votes.

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However, Yechury has outlined a silver line even amid the party’s debacle. “Over the last elections, we have been able to bring new faces to the forefront. Our campaigning reached a different level in the state this time. It can be said that a completely new face of the party has evolved in West Bengal, which is not only good for the state but also for the entire country,” he said.

–IANS

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