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Rahul Gandhi mocks Modi govt over some old pending dues tweets of Neeraj Chopra and Bajrang Punia, says enough calls, now hand out rewards

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi has reacted sharply to media reports that some of India’s athletes – including those who won medals at the Tokyo Olympics – have yet to receive cash rewards promised for medals won at other competitive meets – such as the 2018 Asian Games.

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Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi has slammed the Modi government over some old pending dues tweets of wrestling bronze medallist Bajrang Punia and javelin gold medallist Neeraj Chopra, who had not yet received the prize money announced by the Haryana government in 2018.

Taking a jibe at the prize money announced by the various state governments for Olympic medal winners, Gandhi wrote on Instagram that in addition to felicitating athletes, they should be given what is rightfully theirs. He said that that players should get their dues with the congratulations not cuts in the sports budgets. Enough with the video calls, now hand out the reward amounts, he wrote.

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In February the government had announced a Rs 230.78 crore cut in the country’s sports budget which have been pointed out by many since the athlete’s exploits in Tokyo. However, the government had said this was due to Covid lockdown.

Various state governments and other institutions have announced over Rs 13 crore in cash awards for Neeraj Chopra after his gold medal win.

Gandhi also hit out at political leaders rushing to congratulate athletes in phone or video calls including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh. He said it was as important to pay the athletes their dues as it was to offer congratulations.

The Wayanad MP also attached a screenshot of The Times of India report – titled 4 years on, Haryana Olympians await cash rewards which claimed that Olympic athletes from Haryana had not yet received dues for performances four years ago.

Expressing his disappointment over Haryana govt’s promise to give cash prizes to the athletes winning in 2018 Asian games, Bajrang Punia in June 2019 had tweeted that if the govt can’t fulfill their promise then what should any player expect from this govt in future.

Gandhi has shared the 2018 screenshots tagging Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar and Home Minister Anil Vij who had promised Rs 3 crore as cash reward for Punia for winning a gold medal at the Asian Games.

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Hours later Neeraj Chopra retweeted that message saying when athletes come after winning medals, the whole country celebrates the victory and Haryana residents including the Chief Minister Khattar and Home Minister Vij proudly say we are from Haryana. The sports persons of Haryana have left their mark in the world of sports, let this persevere, he had said.

In other India News, The Delhi Police have registered an FIR against unknown persons for inflammatory anti-Muslim slogans raised by the Save India Foundation and other Hindu right wing outfits at Jantar Mantar on Sunday.

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Gujarat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds roadshow in Rajkot

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a roadshow in Rajkot after inspecting AIIMS Rajkot during his visit to Gujarat

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a roadshow in Rajkot, Gujarat on Sunday. People showered flower petals on the Prime Minister as he greeted and waved to his supporters and walked to the venue. The supporters chanted Modi Modi and a large number people lined up on both sides of the road.

Earlier today PM Modi took blessings from Dwarka Shankaracharya Swami Sadanand Saraswati. The Prime Minister offered prayers at Gujarat’s famous Lord Krishna temple – Dwarkadish on Sunday morning. The majestic Dwarkadhish Temple is situated at the cusp of Gomti River and the Arabian Sea in Gujarat and it is an important hindu pilgrimage site for vaishnavites, especially the devotees of Lord Krishna who is called Dwarkadhish, or King of Dwarka

The Dwarkadhish temple is one of the Char Dham. The Prime minister was also gifted an idol of Lord Krishna by the priests of the temple. Earlier the day PM Modi inaugurated Sudarshan Setu, the country’s longest cable-stayed bridge which spans around 2.32km. It collects the Okha mainland and Beyt Dwarka in Gujarat.

The Prime Minister dedicated to the nation projects worth over Rs 4,150 crore during the inauguration. He laid foundation stone of multiple development projects in Dwarka during his two-day visit to Gujarat. The Prime Minister posted on X and said he was delighted to inaugurate Sudarshan Setu today – a bridge which connects lands and people. He said the bridge stands as a testament to his government’s commitment to development and progress. The bridge was earlier known as signature bridge and has been renamed Sudarshan Setu.

Beyt Dwarka is an island near Okha port which approximately at distance of 30 km from Dwarka town, where the famous Dwarkadhish temple of Lord Krishna is situated. It is linked to the Okha mainland and the Beyt Dwarka island in Gujarat.

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PM Modi dedicates five AIIMS to nation, inaugurates multiple development projects from Rajkot

At the event in Rajkot, PM Modi said that India is developing at a fast pace after inaugurating and dedicating all five AIIMS to the nation.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated and dedicated five AIIMS to the nation, and laid the foundation stone of multiple development projects worth more than Rs 48,100 crore, in Gujarat’s Rajkot.

In a significant move to bolster national healthcare in the country, Prime Minister Modi inaugurated five new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) campuses in Rajkot (Gujarat), Bathinda (Punjab), Rae Bareli (Uttar Pradesh), Kalyani (West Bengal), and Mangalagiri (Andhra Pradesh).

At the event in Rajkot, PM Modi said that India is developing at a fast pace after inaugurating and dedicating all five AIIMS to the nation.

Today, the nation has witnessed a glimpse of the level of healthcare facilities that will be available in a developed India, PM Modi said. Despite 50 years of independence, there was only one AIIMS hospital in the country, and it was situated in Delhi. In the seven decades of independence, only seven AIIMS hospitals were approved, but none of them were ever completed, he added.

The Prime Minister has inaugurated over 200 healthcare infrastructure projects worth more than Rs. 11,500 crores across 23 states and union territories. He also laid the foundation stone for these projects. In addition, the Prime Minister has inaugurated the Medical College of JIPMER in Karaikal, Puducherry, and a 300-bed satellite centre of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical and Educational Research (PGIMER) in Sangrur, Punjab.

Additionally, PM Modi inaugurated, dedicated to the nation, and laid the foundation stone of 115 projects under the National Health Mission and Prime Minister Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission (PM-ABHIM). The Prime Minister took a significant step towards increasing renewable energy production in the region by laying the foundation stone of several renewable energy projects. These include the 300 MW Bhuj-II Solar Power Project, a grid-connected 600 MW Solar PV Power Project,

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Akhilesh Yadav joins Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in Agra days after seat-sharing deal

This came days after the seat-sharing deal between SP and Congress was finalised for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

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Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday joined Congress leader Rahul Gandhi-led Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in Uttar Pradesh’s Agra. This came days after the seat-sharing deal between SP and Congress was finalised for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who played the crucial role in finalising the seat-sharing deal between SP and Congress, was also present at the Yatra.

During the Yatra, the former Uttar Pradesh CM Yadav thanked the people of UP and said the biggest challenges, in the coming days, are to save the democracy and the Constitution to fulfil the dream of the BR Ambedkar, which has been ruined by the BJP-led central government. He gave a slogan, “BJP Haatao, Desh Bachao.”  

The Wayanad MP, while addressing the public, said that the poor in this country face injustice all the time. The reason for hatred is injustice, so we have added the word justice to our journey, he added.

It has been a year since Congress completed the Bharat Jodo Yatra, walking 4,000 km from Kanyakumari to Kashmir. During the yatra, a person told Rahul that he had been trying to open a “Mohabbat Ki Dukan” in “Nafrat Ka Bazaar.” Now, along with Yadav and Priyanka, we are trying to do it again, Rahul added.

Priyanka Gandhi also expressed her happiness over Yadav joining the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra today. Earlier, while addressing the public, Priyanka said that the BJP has been in power for 10 years and during this time, many big events such as the G20 Summit took place. Everyone said that the respect of the country is increasing due to such events, and Congress agreed to it, she added.

However, she questioned whether the respect of the country is not connected to the young, policemen, and students. She highlighted the lack of job opportunities for the youth, farmers still protesting on roads, and inflation being a burden for the people of the country.

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