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Gujarat youth pelt stones during Navratri celebrations in Kheda, detained; 6 injured

The men and women were taking part in the event when a group from the opposing community arrived and asked them to stop.

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Gujarat youth pelt stones during Navratri celebrations

A group of people started pelting stones at a Garba function during Navratri celebrations in the Kheda district of Gujarat on Monday. The incident took place in Undhela village when people from a different community pelted stones at people dancing to the Garba tunes. Amid this, six of them got injured.

The police rushed to the spot immediately after they received the information about the same. The officials were then deployed to the village to control the situation and to avoid the matter from escalating further.

DSP Rajesh Ghadiya of the Kheda district reached the spot and arrested six people for stone pelting.

He told the media that during Navratri celebrations in Undhela village last night, a group led by two people named Arif and Zahir started creating a disturbance. Later, they pelted stones in which 6 got injured.

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The police reported that the village chief had planned the Garba celebration in the community’s center, which is adjacent to a mosque and a temple.

The men and women were taking part in the event when a group from the opposing community arrived and asked them to stop. The group then started pelting stones, in which six people got injured. The accused have been identified as Arif and Zahir.

DSP Kheda said all the accused have been identified and strict action will be taken against them. He said the police have been deployed in the village and necessary arrangements have been made.

VR Bajpai, DSP Nadiad said the mob also hurled stones at the sarpanch’s car. He further said that there were 150-200 people including women in the mob. Sarpanch has identified 43 people and filed a complaint against them. Around 10-11 accused have been detained for interrogation, he added.

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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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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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Prime Minister Narendra Modi says Kerala’s LDF and Congress-led UDF are deteriorating condition of the state

PM Modi was addressing a public rally in Palakkad, where he took a dig at the Congress MP from Wayanad Rahul Gandhi and said the party’s yuvraj (crown prince) would ask for votes from the people of Kerala, but won’t utter even a single word on their issues and interests.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said Kerala’s ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) and the Congress-led UDF are deteriorating the condition of the state. He said that all Left governments, whether in Kerala or West Bengal, possess a common character: nothing left and nothing right.

PM Modi was addressing a public rally in Palakkad, where he took a dig at the Congress MP from Wayanad Rahul Gandhi and said the party’s yuvraj (crown prince) would ask for votes from the people of Kerala, but won’t utter even a single word on their issues and interests. The Prime Minister said the opposition parties also hinder the efforts of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance towards the development of Kerala, as well as the entire region.

He accused the opposition parties of trying to obstruct National Highway projects and of misusing funds allocated by the Central government for Kerala. PM Modi said the people of Kerala need to be wary of both the LDF and UDF. He further added in Kerala, Congress calls the Left people terrorists. But in Delhi, Congress and these terrorists sit together, eat together and make strategies for elections.

PM Modi did not mention Rahul Gandhi’s name and said the Congress yuvraj (prince) was unable to protect his family’s bastion in Uttar Pradesh, in reference to the Amethi Lok Sabha constituency, and made his new base in Kerala. The Prime Minister added the Congress leader will seek votes from the people of Kerala but will not raise his voice in their interests.

PM Modi also criticised the Congress of having a back-door agreement with the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), the political wing of an organisation banned in India for anti-national activities, for the Lok Sabha elections.PM Modi said, BJP will ensure that Kerala gets great connectivity, strengthen infrastructure by building highways and and expressways also establish a great network of high-speed Vande Bharat trains.

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