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Seen many elections, but never seen such passion, says Assam CM in Punjab roadshow

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Patiala, May 13 (IANS) Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday said he has seen many elections but never seen such passion and enthusiasm among the voters.

Speaking at the roadshow of the four-time MP Preneet Kaur, BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate from Patiala in Punjab, Sarma said: “Seeing your enthusiasm, I am sure that election is just a formality. Preneet Kaur will win from Patiala again. Modi-ji has made the impossible possible, he revoked Article 370 and he answered the prayers of thousands of devotees by opening Ram Mandir.”

He said that PM Modi is now asking for 400 plus seats to ensure Vikasit Bharat.

“The people of Punjab have seen through the charade of the Congress and AAP as they are working as partners in Haryana and Delhi and acting as opponents here. The people will not waste their votes on either of them,” he said.

Slamming the incumbent AAP government, Punjab BJP President Sunil Jakhar lamented on the deteriorating law and order situation in Punjab, contrasting it with the safety and security prevalent during Captain Amarinder Singh’s tenure.

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He underscored Patiala’s faith in Preneet Kaur’s ability to address their concerns, be it the effective utilisation of MPLAD funds or the provision of essential medical services.

During the roadshow, Preneet Kaur, the wife of two-time Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, covered the entire route in a specially branded vehicle, emblazoned with the resounding slogan, “Patiale Da Bharosa Preneet Kaur”. Nearly 12,000 people walked along with the convoy for more than three hours.

Crowds lined up streets, eagerly awaiting a glimpse of leaders, showering flower petals from rooftops and balconies as the convoy passed by.

Addressing the crowd, Preneet Kaur said: “This election is not merely about politics, it’s about renewal of ‘rishta’ between me and the people of Patiala. People’s unwavering ‘bharosa’ (faith) and ‘ashirwad’ (blessing) are my greatest treasures. I will ensure that I will do more work in the next five years than in the previous 20 years.”

Prior to filing her nomination paper, Preneet Kaur paid her obeisance at the historic Burj Baba Ala Singh, Qila Mubarak, accompanied by family members.

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Sitting MP Preneet Kaur has been pitted against Congress candidate and noted cardiologist Dr Dharamvira Gandhi, who is seven years younger than the 79-year-old Kaur.

Dharamvira Gandhi defeated Preneet Kaur in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls when he was contesting on an AAP ticket.

While this time, the AAP has fielded Health Minister, Balbir Singh, the Shiromani Akali Dal has reposed faith in two-time legislator and realtor, N.K. Sharma, the first Hindu face of the party from the Sikh-dominated seat.

Patiala, one of the 13 Parliamentary constituencies in Punjab, has been a bastion of the Congress.

Polling in Punjab for all 13 seats is scheduled in the last phase of Lok Sabha elections on June 1.

–IANS

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Cyclone Remal: Indian Navy's diving and flood relief teams on standby in Kolkata, Visakhapatnam and Chilka

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New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) The Indian Navy on Sunday said that it has initiated preparatory actions, following existing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), to mount a credible Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) response in the aftermath of Cyclone Remal.

Cyclone Remal, anticipated to cross the coast on Sunday midnight, is forecasted to make landfall between Sagar Island, West Bengal and Khepupara, Bangladesh and intensify into a severe cyclone.

The situation is being closely monitored at Naval Headquarters, with comprehensive preparatory actions being undertaken by the Eastern Naval Command Headquarters.

Two ships equipped with HADR and medical supplies are ready for immediate deployment to ensure the safety and welfare of the affected populace. Additionally, Indian Naval aviation assets, including Sea King and Chetak helicopters as well as Dornier aircraft, are also on standby for rapid response.

Specialised diving teams with equipment have been stationed in Kolkata to provide prompt assistance. Further diving teams with necessary equipment are on standby in Visakhapatnam, prepared for quick deployment if needed.

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Two Flood Relief Teams (FRTs), along with HADR and medical supplies, are being positioned in Kolkata. In addition, two FRTs each from Visakhapatnam and Chilka are ready and on standby for deployment at short notice.

“The Indian Navy remains vigilant and is closely monitoring the evolving situation to provide immediate and effective assistance in the wake of Cyclone Remal,” the Ministry of Defence said on Sunday.

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Two SAF jawans die under suspicious circumstances in MP's Chhindwara

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Bhopal, May 26 (IANS) Two Special Armed Forces (SAF) jawans died under suspicious circumstances in Madhya Pradesh’s Chhindwara on Sunday.

The jawans, identified as Dhaniram Uike (55) and Premlal Kakodia (54), were deployed for security at the residence of a senior IAS officer in the district.

The exact cause of the jawans’ death is yet to be ascertained, the police said.

However, a preliminary probe suggested that they had consumed liquor while on duty on Saturday night after which they felt uneasy and were rushed to a nearby hospital, where they died, the police said.

“Samples of liquor have been collected from the spot. The bodies have been sent for post-mortem. The investigation is underway,” Chhindwara SHO Umesh Golhani said.

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CM Yogi’s work and influence makes Gorakhpur safe for Ravi Kishan

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Gorakhpur (UP), May 26 (IANS) Although the BJP has fielded the Bhojpuri star Ravi Kishan from the prestigious Gorakhpur seat in Uttar Pradesh, however, it is Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath who wields power and authority when it comes to his bastion.

Yogi Adityanath first contested from Gorakhpur in 1998 which he won for five consecutive terms.

After taking over as Chief Minister in 2017, Yogi Adityanath has done to Gorakhpur what Mulayam Singh Yadav did to Saifai, his native village in Etawah.

Gorakhpur has witnessed an unprecedented drive for a makeover since Yogi Adityanath took over and most of the development projects have already been completed.

Besides, Gorakhpur holds in high esteem Goraksh Peeth, which is headed by Yogi Adityanath.

“The temple and Yogi Adityanath are now synonymous with each other and the work he has done is a bonus. Ravi Kishan is only a face but the real identity lies with the Chief Minister,” says Ravindra Shahi, a local businessman.

Under the leadership of Yogi Aditynath, the UP government has worked on the revival of a fertiliser factory which was shut down for several years, besides a new LPG bottling plant has also been built.

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The revival of closed sugar mills in the area has also been put on priority by the Yogi government.

Gorakhpur also has a branch of the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to its name.

The Ramgarh Taal has been developed into a water sports complex and auditorium.

Land has also been allocated to the Education Department to set up a library and research centre.

“Besides these projects, beautification of parks, broadening of roads, redevelopment of Ramgarh Taal and availability of potable water to check water-borne Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) are also being undertaken,” said a senior official in the Chief Minister’s Secretariat.

“When I first became MP, Gorakhpur was known as the “crime capital” of northern India and I took the support of social organisations, traders and youth to counter the mafia. Now, I want Gorakhpur should be known as a developed zone,” the Chief Minister recently said.

Most importantly, Yogi Adityanath has ensured the eradication of Japanese Encephalitis from the region, thus saving the lives of hundreds of children every year.

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Yogi Adityanath said that he was determined to change the identity of Gorakhpur.

The city’s airport, the civil terminal of which was inaugurated in 2017, has since gone on to become a bustling entry point to the city. It already has direct flights connecting to and from Delhi, Lucknow and some other major cities.

The state government is also working overtime to improve the power situation and ensure 24-hour power supply. Efforts are also being made to improve the quality of water supply in Gorakhpur city.

A special focus is on the 4,000-odd families from the Vantangiya community which lives in forest areas in Gorakhpur and adjoining Maharajganj districts as it has been deprived of basic facilities like schools, hospitals and power supply since independence.

The Vantangiya community, brought from Burma now Myanmar for afforestation during colonial rule, got voting rights in September last year.

People across the political spectrum believe that Gorakhpur got a new identity under the regime of Yogi Adityanath.

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What is more important is that Yogi Adityanath makes it a point to spend the weekend in Gorakhpur and meet local people.

“Yogi Adityanath spends more time in Gorakhpur than the sitting MP Ravi Kishan, who is seeking his second term as MP and meets more people than the actor-turned-politician. He is a true representative of the city and we vote for any candidate he supports,” says Bhola Tiwari, a local party worker.

Ravi Kishan fully understands the influence that Yogi Adityanath holds over Gorakhpur and takes care to mention the Chief Minister’s name in every conversation.

The INDIA alliance has fielded TV and Bhojpuri film actress, Kajal Nishad of Congress, while Javed Simnanai will lead BSP in the upcoming mega elections from Gorakhpur.

Gorakhpur goes to polls on May 13.

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Vote for strong govt, vote for 'Viksit Bharat': PM Modi

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Ghosi (UP), May 26 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that he needed people’s blessings to form the next government not for himself or his family but for Viksit Bharat.

Speaking at a rally in Ghosi on Sunday, he said, “The world has its eyes on these elections. They know that a strong government will make India’s voice stronger globally.”

He said, “In the 2012 assembly manifesto, SP (Samajwadi Party) had promised to give quota to Muslims. I belong to most backward castes and I know the pain. The court prevented them from doing so because the constitution does not allow quota on the basis of religion,” he said.

“These people can go to any limits to appease the vote bank. They want to encroach on the quota of SC/ST and OBC and give their share to Muslims,” he said and added that first-time voters should read the SP manifesto of 2012 to understand this.

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He further said that the Congress and SP had not visited the Ram temple because they wanted to appease their vote bank.

The Congress, he said, had declared schools and colleges as minority institutions only to deprive SC/ST, OBCs of their right to quota. This, he added, is against the spirit of the Constitution.

The Prime Minister listed the schemes he had launched for the welfare of all including pucca houses, free gas cylinders, tap water in every house, toilets and now free electricity with solar panels.

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Cyclone Remal: Met Dept issues alert in Bihar

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Patna, May 26 (IANS) Bihar Met Department has issued an alert as cyclone Remal is expected to hit the coastal areas of West Bengal on Sunday.

An official of the Met Department said that several districts of Bihar will witness moderate to heavy storms after cyclone Remal enters West Bengal, which will bring some respite from the scorching heat in the state.

At present, cyclone Remal is passing through the central part of the Bay of Bengal.

The Met Department has predicted rains in Saharsa, Madhepura, Banka, Jamui, Khagaria, Muzaffarpur, Vaishali, Samastipur, Purnea, Araria, Supaul, Katihar, Kishanganj, Bhagalpur, Munger, Sitamarhi, Sheohar, Darbhanga and Madhubani districts of Bihar.

“People in these districts should stay alert and cautious in the wake of cyclone Remal,” the IMD said.

“A deep pressure is forming over the eastern central region of the Bay of Bengal which is located about 440 km in the south-east direction of West Bengal. This deep depression turned into a cyclonic storm on May 25 which will pass through the coast of West Bengal on May 26,” an official said.

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