We are firm on Art 370, CAA: PM

We are firm on Art 370, CAA: PM
Narendra Modi
VARANASI, FEB 16 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 2/16/2020 11:56:23 AM IST

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the NDA government  was facing pressure from the world over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), but the government would continue to take decisions that are important for the country.

Even as protests continue in several parts of the country and many countries have also expressed their reservations on the decisions regarding CAA and making instant triple talaq illegal in the country, this is the first time Modi has acknowledged that the Union government was facing pressure on its recent decisions.

“Be it the decision on Article 370 or the Citizenship Amendment Act, it was necessary in the interest of the country. Despite pressure, we stand by our decision and will remain so,” he said.

Speaking at a public meeting in his Lok Sabha constituency, Varanasi, the PM said, “The abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) have been pending for a long time. People wanted these decisions to be taken. There is pressure from the world but we will continue to take decisions that are important for the development of the country.”

He said the ruling BJP government was committed to working for the development and betterment of the financially and socially weaker sections. “The government is constantly striving and trying to reach the downtrodden. Government wants to ensure that the fruits of development reach the financially and socially weaker sections. 

The aspirations of the poor have not been met for long, but now things have changed, the union government has resolved to give priority to the poor,” Modi said.

Modi also launched or laid foundation of 50 projects worth Rs. 1,254 crore in his Lok Sabha constituency. He also flagged off the IRCTC’s ‘Maha Kaal Express’ through video link during his day-long visit to the city.

It will be the first overnight private train in the country to connect three Jyotirling pilgrim centres of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, and Ujjain and Omkareshwar in Madhya Pradesh.

Modi also dedicated to the nation the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Memorial Centre and unveiled a 63-feet tall statue of the RSS ideologue - the tallest statue of the leader in the country.

Modi said that Deendayal Upadhyaya always focused on the last man in the line with his ‘antyodaya’ concept. “Our government is working on his concept of self-reliance and self-service. Our schemes like free gas connections and toilets cater to the poorest of the poor,” he said. “Projects worth Rs 25,000 crore have either been completed or are in the process of being completed in Varanasi and this is due to the blessings of Lord Shiva who has given me the responsibility of serving you. Projects worth Rs 12,000 crore that have been launched today include hospitals, schools, roads, flyovers and water projects. We are trying to turn western Uttar Pradesh into a medical hub with improved connectivity,” he said.

Modi said that when “we talk of a five trillion dollar economy in India, we must remember that tourism is a major part of it”.

“Besides nature, heritage tourism has a strong role to play in achieving the goal. Also, along with Varanasi other holy sites are being developed using new technologies. The Kashi Vishwanath temple complex will soon get a new attractive look. The Ram temple in Ayodhya will also turn into reality because the trust for construction has been formed,” the Prime Minister said.

Modi referred to the setting up of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra for the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya. “A trust has been formed for construction of a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya. This trust will work rapidly,” he said.


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