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Kerala is as much mine as Varanasi’, says PM Modi

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Guruvayur: In his public interaction after his thanksgiving visit to his constituency of Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Guruvayoor on Saturday that Kerala was as much his as Varanasi.

“Those who made us win our ours, those who did not make us win are also ours. You may ask BJP drew blank in Kerala then why Modi selected Kerala for his first political speech…..Kerala is as much mine as Varanasi,” Modi said in an address to BJP workers in Guruvayur. The BJP?had drawn a blank in the Lok?Sabah elections in Kerala.

He was addressing BJP?workers after a visit to the Sri Krishna temple in Guruvayur to offer prayers.

 

The PM said although elections have their own place, the government’s responsibility is towards the country’s entire population.

He thanked voters for “the festive spirit of democracy”.

“I salute the people. People are my gods,” he said.

Modi underlined that his government would work for all without any discrimination.

“I am the servant of all. I am here to lift my county to its glory. I am for all. Whether we win or lose we are committed to all,” he said,
He also described BJP workers as ‘jan sevak’ who are committed to serving the people lifelong.

“Jan Sevaks are forever, not for mere five years,” he said.

Modi said there nothing to worry or panic about Nipah virus which resurfaced for the second time in Kerala.

“The Government is with the people. The State and Central government will work together to fight it. The Centre is closely monitoring the situation,” Modi said.

Prime Minister Modi also took a pledge to build a new India.

“Positivity reflected well in this election. It won, negativity lost badly. The entire world is watching our democracy. From the land of Guruvayur I take a pledge we can build a new India. We can surge ahead with positivity. We can rise up to expectations of 130 crore people,” Modi said.


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Ayodhya on high alert following intelligence inputs

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Ayodhya: Amid VIP movements, Ayodhya has been put on high alert soon after intelligence inputs indicated a possible terror attack in the city.

“We have put more force into action. The force has been alerted. Also, intelligence officials in the civil dress have come here. They are checking all hotels, restaurants and railway stations. The police force is vigilant and keeping a track of all the movements,” Anil Kumar Sisodia, Superintendent of Police City, told ANI.

This comes ahead of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s visit to Ayodhya on Sunday along with his party MPs.

 

According to reports, the security has also been heightened keeping in mind the hearing on 2005 Ram Janmabhoomi attack on June 18.

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Seven died while cleaning hotel sewer in Vadodara

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Vadodara: Seven persons, including four sanitation workers, died due to asphyxiation on Saturday while cleaning sewer of a hotel in Gujarat’s Vadodara district, officials said.

The incident happened at a hotel in Fartikui village in Dabhoi tehsil, about 30 km from Vadodara city. Three employees of the hotel were also among those killed.

“When one sanitation worker failed to come out of the manhole, others went inside. All of them died due to asphyxiation,” district collector Kiran Zaveri told PTI.

 
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Manmohan retires from Rajya Sabha

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New Delhi: For the first time in 28 years, former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh’s name ceased to be part of the list of members of the Rajya Sabha on its Web site, and was included in the list of former members of Parliament.

With the Congress lacking the numbers in the Assam legislature to ensure his re-election, 86-year-old Dr Singh retired from the Rajya Sabha.

Dr Singh, then finance minister in the P V Narasimha Rao government, had debuted in the House on October 1, 1991, from Assam and represented the state for five consecutive terms. He was the leader of the House during his 10 years as PM, and leader of the Opposition from 1998 to 2004.The former PM would now need to wait for the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, an ally of the Congress, to send him to the Rajya Sabha next month or until the next biennial elections in the Upper House in April 2020 when 54 MPs retire.

 

Five Rajya Sabha members from Tamil Nadu retire in July. The DMK, along with its allies, has the strength in the state legislature to get at least three elected to the Rajya Sabha. It has promised one seat to MDMK chief Vaiko.

However, sources said the DMK and the Congress have not had any discussions on the issue.

The Congress could also hope to send Dr Singh to the Upper House from Gujarat if elections to fill the two vacancies from the state take place together.

The vacancies are on account of two Bharatiya Janata Party Rajya Sabha members from Gujarat, Amit Anilchandra Shah and Smriti Zubin Irani, being elected to the Lok Sabha. Shah has debuted in the Lok Sabha from Gandhinagar while Irani is the Lok Sabha member from Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.

The Congress’s numbers in the Gujarat assembly would ensure the party wins one of the two seats, the other going to the BJP, if elections to the two seats are held jointly.

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