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On last day of campaigning for Gujarat Assembly polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is first passenger in sea-plane ride from Sabarmati Riverfront to Dharoi Dam

Hours before campaigning was scheduled to end for the second phase of the ongoing Gujarat Assembly polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi threw security protocols to the wind to take the first-ever seaplane ride from Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati Riverfront to Dharoi Dam in Mehsana district. Both Ahmedabad and Mehsana are scheduled to go to polls on December 14.

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Modi claimed that he decided to take the seaplane to Dharoi Dam – and then back to the Sabarmati Riverfront – because the Ahmedabad police had denied him permission to carry out a road-show in the city as part of his poll campaign for the BJP. On Monday, he had announced at an election rally: “Tomorrow for the first time in the history of the country a seaplane will land on the Sabarmati river. I will go to Ambaji in the sea-plane after landing in Dharoi dam and come back (sic)… Our party had planned my road show tomorrow. However, the administration has not given permission and I had time so I decided to go to Ambaji in the sea-plane.”

The Prime Minister had added: “We cannot have airports everywhere, so our government has planned to have these sea-planes.”

Of course, the Prime Minister made a slight exaggeration, or at least a misrepresentation, by claiming that this was “for the first time in the history of the country that a seaplane will land on the Sabarmati River.” Union ministers Nitin Gadkari and Ashok Gajapathi Raju had already beaten Modi to enjoy the first seaplane ride of the country at least three days earlier. Gadkari, the Union minister for surface transport who is said to be the brain behind the seaplane project, had even posted on Twitter his photographs taken on-board the seaplane operated by SpiceJet.

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While the Prime Minister certainly would have thought that his seaplane adventure would make for good publicity, his critics didn’t seem to share the same view.

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah alleged that the Prime Minister, a Z+ category security protectee, had broken security protocol by flying in a single-engine aircraft.

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Prime Minister also drew flak from Dalit leader and independent candidate from Gujarat’s Vadgam constituency, Jignesh Mevani while Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti leader Hardik Patel also took a jibe at him, wondering if the seaplane can be used by farmers in the state to air-drop 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Both Jignesh Mevani and Hardik Patel have been strident in their criticism of the BJP and Narendra Modi. The duo have also asked their followers – the Dalits and Patidars – to vote out the BJP and instead support the Congress in Gujarat. Mevani is contesting the polls as an independent candidate, with support from the Congress and several other Opposition parties.

Never one to miss the chance of taking a swipe at Narendra Modi, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav too had a one-liner for the Prime Minister’s seaplane sojourn – one that was laced with political innuendo.

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While the taunts and digs by Hardik Patel, Jignesh Mevani and Lalu Prasad were veiled, newly elected Congress president Rahul Gandhi was more scathing and direct in his attack at the Prime Minister’s seaplane ride.

Addressing reporters in Ahmedabad, Rahul Gandhi – who was on Monday declared president of the Congress party, a charge that he will formally take over from his mother Sonia Gandhi on December 16 – said: “Elections are in Gujarat and that should remain the main agenda. If Modi ji wants to fly in a seaplane… there is no problem with that but it is a distraction. The real question is what has been done for the people of Gujarat in the last 22 years. Why don’t they talk about development anymore?”

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi reveals plan for ambitious 2047 Viksit Bharat project, says work for the project has been ongoing for last 2 years

The Prime Minister said that he does not mean to scare or suppress anyone, but rather has plans to make India a developed nation by 2047.

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A day after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) released its election manifesto, which aims at building a Viksit Bharat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in an interview with the media, outlined his vision for India’s development by 2047. He also addressed concerns raised by the opposition parties, who suggest that the BJP might seek to amend the Constitution if re-elected in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave his assurance to the people that they do not need to fear when he said that he has big plans for the country in his election speeches. Explaining statement, the Prime Minister said that he does not mean to scare or suppress anyone, but rather has plans to make India a developed nation by 2047.

Speaking to the media, PM Modi said, when he says that he has big plans, no one should be scared. He said he does not take decisions to scare or run-over anyone, he takes decisions for the wholesome development of the country. He added the government always says they have done everything.  He said he did not believe that he had done everything. He added he had tried to do everything in the right direction, yet there is so much he needed to do, because he saw that his country has so many needs.

The Prime minister asked how did he fulfill the dreams of every family? He said this is the reason why he said this has been a trailer. PM Modi said he had been working on the ambitious 2047 Viksit Bharat project for the past two years. And for that, he asked for opinions and suggestions from people across India.  He said he had taken suggestions from more than 15 lakh people on how they want to see India in the coming 25 years.

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Kangana Ranaut meets Dalai Lama in Dharamshala shares pictures on social media ahead of Lok Sabha elections, post goes viral

The Bollywood actor met Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama in Himachal Pradesh’s Dharamshala and said it as one of the most memorable moments of her life.

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The Bollywood actor and BJP candidate for the Mandi Lok Sabha seat met Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama in Himachal Pradesh’s Dharamshala on Monday. She said it as one of the most memorable moments of her life. Kangana Ranaut also shared pictures on social media.

The Lok Sabha elections in Himachal Pradesh are scheduled for June 1, marking the seventh phase of elections to elect four members of the 18th Lok Sabha. As the voting day is still over a month away, candidates contesting in the 4 constituencies are actively participating in various campaign activities. Among them, the BJP’s star candidate Kangana Ranaut, who is contesting from Mandi against Congress’s Vikramaditya Singh, is leaving no stone unturned to win the votes of the people.

Kangana Ranaut also shared what Dalai Lama told her during the meeting. She said, his Holiness ji said that he enjoys being in Himachal Pradesh and absolutely loves Bharat. She said this is such a privilege and such an honour. After her meeting with the spiritual leader, the actor told the media that it was divine. She said it was an experience which she will cherish all her life. She thought it is exceptional to be in the presence of such a being who has sheer divinity around him. She said it was very emotional for her and ex-CM Jairam Thakur. She added she will cherish this experience all her life.

Earlier, Kangana Ranaut slammed Himachal Pradesh minister Vikramaditya Singh for calling her the queen of controversies while she was addressing a poll rally in Mandi. She said, Yeh tumhare baap-dada ki riyasat nahin hai, ke tum mujhe dara, dhamka ke vapis bhej doge. She further added this is the new Bharat of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, where a small, poor boy who used to sell tea is the biggest hero and pradhan sevak of the people.

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Election Commission records highest inducement seizure of Rs 4,650 crore ahead of Lok Sabha election

The Election Commission of India records highest inducement seizure of Rs 4,650 in 75-years of history.

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The Election Commission of India (ECI) announced on Monday that the upcoming Lok Sabha elections are expected to witness the highest ever seizures of inducements.

According to a notification from the poll board, enforcement agencies had already seized a record Rs 4,650 crore before the first round of polling, which is yet to start. This was a significant increase over the Rs 3,475 crores seized during the entire Lok Sabha election in 2019.

As part of a level playing field, the Election Commission said that the enhanced seizures reflect ECI’s unwavering commitment to monitor inducements and curb electoral malpractices, particularly in favour of smaller and less resourceful parties.

Significantly, narcotics and drugs, which are the Commission’s main focus, account for 45% of the seizures. The poll body continued, the seizures have been made possible by thorough planning, increased cooperation and coordinated deterrent action by agencies, proactive public participation, and optimal use of technology.

The commission also made statistics on the distribution of inducements that were seized available for public consumption by state. With a seizure of over Rs 778 crore, Rajasthan topped the list. Gujarat came in second with Rs 605 crore, and Maharashtra came in third with roughly Rs 431 crore.

When announcing the polls last month, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Rajiv Kumar highlighted money power as one of the 4M challenges, along with money, muscle, misinformation, and Model Code of Conduct violations.

Use of black money, over and above political financing and accurate disclosure thereof, may disturb the level playing field in favor of a more resourceful party or candidate in specific geographies, the panel stated in its statement released on Monday.

The poll authority claims that the seizures are an essential part of the ECI’s resolve to hold fair elections for the Lok Sabha that are free from electoral malpractices and inducements.

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