Varanasi, Feb 16:
Ruling out a rethink on decisions on CAA and Article 370, Prime Minister
Narendra Modi on Sunday asserted that his government remains and will remain
firm on the steps, which have been taken in national interest, despite pressure
from all sides.
“Be it the
scrapping of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir or the Citizenship Amendment
Act (CAA), the country waited for decisions on these for years,” he told a
public meeting here during a day-long visit to his Lok Sabha constituency.
were necessary in the interest of the nation. Duniya bhar ke saarey dabaon ke
bawjood, inn faislon par hum qayam hain, qayam rahengey (Despite pressure from
all sides, we remain firm on the decisions and will continue to remain
firm,” Modi said.
Article 370 of the Constitution, which accorded special powers to the erstwhile
state of Jammu and Kashmir, were abrogated by the government in August last
minister’s tough talk assumed significance in view of protests against the CAA
in various parts of the country.
key decisions of his government, Modi referred to the trust set up for the
construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya and asserted that it would work
“A trust has
been formed for the construction of a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya. This trust
will work rapidly,” he said.
He said that
after setting up of the trust, the work on the construction of ”Ram dham”
will start with fast speed.
had recently set up the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra on the Supreme
Court”s directive to the Union government to form a trust that can look into
the construction and management of the temple.
minister earlier launched or laid foundation of 50 projects worth Rs 1,254
crore in his Lok Sabha constituency.
He also flagged
off 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
pilgrimage centres of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, and Ujjain and Omkareshwar in
minister dedicated to the nation the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Memorial Centre
and unveiled a 63-foot statue of the RSS ideologue – the tallest statue of the
leader in the country.
“The soul of
Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay gives us encouragement. We are working for uplift of
Dalits, deprived and others sections. And this is what Upadhyay’s ”Antyoday”
says – to give all facilities to last beneficiary in the queue,” Modi said.
He said that in
past few years, Rs 25,000 crore worth developmental projects have either
completed or were going on in fast speed in Varanasi.
waterway and railway have been given top priority by the government and the
Purvanchal Expressway work was going on at fast speed in Uttar Pradesh.
minister also laid emphasis on better connectivity of heritage and religious
sites, saying that tourism will be the main source of making the country 5
trillion dollar economy.
“Our behaviour as a citizen will decide direction of the country in
future. Country is not made by governments only, but values of people residing
Soon after his
arrival here, Modi participated in the closing ceremony of the centenary
celebrations of the Shri Jagadguru Vishwaradhya Gurukul and released the
translated version of the Shri Siddhant Shikhamani Granth in 19 languages and
its mobile application.
Governor Anandiben Patel, Chief Minster Yogi Adityanath and Karnataka Chief
Minister B S Yediyurappa were present on the occasion.
inaugurated a 430-bed super-speciality government hospital here.