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NEW DELHI: BJP leaders on Wednesday heaped praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his leadership as he entered his 20th year without a break as the head of an elected government, including close to 13 years as chief minister of Gujarat.

Members of the Union Cabinet also congratulated the Prime Minister.

Party president J P Nadda said October 7, 2001, when Modi was sworn in as Gujarat chief minister for the first time, is a “milestone” in India’s political history.

Modi has since been notching up bigger victories and his popularity has only gone up, Nadda said on Twitter.

The party also tweeted details of many of Modi’s key schemes during his 19 years as the head of a government.

Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri lauded Modi for “20 years in service of humanity & Maa Bharati with dedication, vision & selflessness”.

“Heartiest congratulations to PM @narendramodi Ji for becoming the only democratically elected world leader to serve the people continuously for 20 years since 2001,” Puri said.

Be it as chief minister of Gujarat or as Prime Minister of the world’s largest democracy, Modi has always been a crusader for people’s welfare, the party said.

“PM Sri @narendramodi Ji has completed 6941 successful days in total as CM of Gujarat & PM of India. One of the unblemished tenures ever seen. Kept public welfare as a priority and never worried about himself. Always kept sovereignty & pride of India intact,” its spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi tweeted.

Modi, who turned 70 last month, started as a volunteer of the RSS and then served in the BJP’s organisation for many years before the party leadership sent him to Gujarat, his home state, as its chief minister in 2001.

Since then, he has never tasted electoral defeat and led the BJP to power in the state three straight times before steering the party to its biggest, until then, Lok Sabha poll win in 2014 and then scripting an even bigger win in the 2019 general elections.

Briefing reporters on the decisions taken by the Union Cabinet on Wednesday, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said as soon as the meeting of the Union Cabinet began this morning, ministers congratulated Modi.

He said the Prime Minister has brought reforms in governance and major sectors.

The Prime Minister, Javadekar said, has given a government free of corruption and has completed various projects that had been languishing for many years.

He said the Prime Minister was also congratulated for the way he has raised the standards of living of the poor and the deprived. “That is a noteworthy work he has done,” the Union minister said.

The Times of India is an Indian English-language daily newspaper owned by The Times Group. It is the third-largest newspaper in India by circulation and largest selling English-language daily in the world. according to Audit Bureau of Circulations.

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Rajnath Singh approves new DRDO procurement manual to facilitate indigenous defence industry

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NEW DELHI: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday approved a new procurement manual for Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to encourage the participation of the Indian industries in research and development activity to facilitate the indigenous Defence Industry.

Rajnath Singh said that the new manual will help towards realising Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of Atma Nirbhar Bharat.

“The new DRDO Procurement Manual will facilitate the indigenous Defence Industry by simplifying the processes and ensuring their participation in design and development activities. PM-2020 will help towards realising Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of Atma Nirbhar Bharat,” defence minister Singh tweeted.

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— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) 1603177544000

Prior to Singh’s tweet, Office of Defence Minister (DMO) had announced the approval of a new procurement manual for DRDO to achieve the goal of self-reliant in Defence industry.

“Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh has approved a new DRDO India Procurement Manual (PM-2020) to encourage more participation of the Indian Industry including startups and MSMEs in Research and Development activity and also to achieve the goal of self-reliance in Defence,” DMO tweeted.

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PM Narendra Modi to share message with nation on Tuesday evening

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NW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share a message with the nation at 6 pm on Tuesday.

“Will be sharing a message with my fellow citizens at 6 pm this evening,” he said in a tweet.

आज शाम 6 बजे राष्ट्र के नाम संदेश दूंगा। आप जरूर जुड़ें।Will be sharing a message with my fellow citizens at 6 PM this evening.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1603179161000

Modi has addressed the nation a number of times during the COVID-19 crisis in which he has spoken about various measures, including lockdown, being taken to curb the pandemic and also announced economic and welfare packages.

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‘I am not afraid of resigning’: Punjab CM Amarinder slams Centre, moves resolution against farm laws

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CHANDIGARH: CHANDIGARH: Saying that he is not afraid of dismissal of his government, chief minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday moved three bills in the Punjab assembly to counter the Centre’s farm laws, which have triggered protests by farmers and opposition parties in different parts of the country including Punjab.

“I am not afraid of resigning. I am not afraid if my government is dismissed. But I will not let the farmers suffer or be ruined,” the Punjab CM said while introducing these resolutions.

The resolution also rejected the Centre’s proposed Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2020.

Singh appealed to all parties to rise above their political interests to save Punjab.

Cautioning the Centre against allowing the situation to get out of hand, Amarinder Singh said: “If the farm laws are not revoked, angry youths can come out on the streets to join the farmers, leading to chaos. The way things are going on, the situation has the potential to disturb the peaceful atmosphere in the state.”

He said that this is what had happened in the 80s and 90s when Sikh militancy had gripped Punjab.

“Both China and Pakistan will collude and try to take advantage of any disruption in the state’s peace, which will pose a serious threat to national security,” he added.

The resolution expressed the state assembly’s “deep regret” over the “callous and inconsiderate attitude of the Government of India in attending to the concerns of the farming community on recent farm legislation enacted by them”.

“The assembly is constrained to unanimously reject the three legislations and the proposed Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2020,” stated the resolution, which was read out by the Speaker.

The three bills introduced by Singh to counter the Centre’s laws are — the Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Special Provisions and Punjab Amendment Bill 2020, the Essential Commodities (Special Provisions and Punjab Amendment) Bill 2020, and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services (Special Provisions and Punjab Amendment) Bill 2020.

The chief minister said these bills would form the basis of the state’s legal battle ahead.

The Centre has been saying that the three farm laws will raise farmers’ income, free them from the clutches of the middleman and usher in new technology in farming.

The opposition and some farmers’ organisations have, however, been agitating against the laws alleging they will destroy the minimum support price mechanism, end Agricultural Produce Market Committees and allow corporates to arm-twist farmers.

(With inputs from agencies)

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