PM Narendra Modi on Sunday laid the foundation stone of some projects and inaugurated few others worth Rs 1,100 crore during his first visit to Congress stronghold and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi's Lok Sabha constituency, Rae Bareli.
He also flagged off the 900th coach and Humsafar rake made by the Modern Coach Factory in Rae Bareli
"The Centre is committed to development of Raebareli", PM Modi said in his address.
Earlier governments neglected it," he said in his first public meeting after the BJP's loss in recent Assembly polls.
He, however, did not name any party.
Modi, who inspected the Modern Coach Factory, said its neglect was "an example of injustice to the country's means and resources by previous governments".
The factory was sanctioned in 2007 but failed to take off, he said.
HERE ARE THE TOP HIGHLIGHTS:
4:40 pm: This has been the nature of Congress, where constitutional organisations are forced to stand with clutched hands
4:38 pm: They did so for one reason, because judiciary has been one of those that has fought against this party's corrupt practices.
4:37 pm: This party also tried to weaken our judicial processes
4:35 pm: This party destructed all such organisations that didn't work according to them
4:34 pm: The party that ruled the country for the longest time, thinks itself to be above law, judiciary and even above the country
4:30 pm: Railways will run many new trains in view of Kumbh this time
4: 28 pm: From connectivity to infrastructure, we have laid emphasis on all of them during Kumbh.
4:26 pm: I am here to give you a good news. All devotees will be able to visit Akshay Vat at ArdhKumbh this time. Akshay Vat had been closed in a dome since long, but now devotees will get the opportunity to visit Akshay Vat too after bath
4:25 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates state-of-art command and control centre for 2019 Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj (Allahabad).
12:32 pm: Today there are 2 sides before the country. One side is the govt that is trying to strengthen our forces. The other side that wants to weaken our forces at any cost. Country is witness to the fact that Congress is standing with forces that don't want our forces to strengthen, says PM Modi
12:30 pm: The history of Congress in defence deals has been mirred in corruption. Be it Bofors, Rafale and AugustaWestland, says PM Modi. Chopper scam accused Christian Michel was brought to the country a few days ago. Everyone saw how Congress sent their lawyer to save him, he added.
12:24 pm: Country will neither forget nor forgive previous government’s attitude towards Army. For us, the country comes first and not the party. We are trying our best that those who sacrifice their lives for us shouldn’t face any difficulties.
12:20 pm: Some people have been constantly trying to defame Modi. But its is unacceptable that they compromise an entire nation's security for their foolish ambitions.
12:10 pm: The Central government is committed to development of Rae Bareli. But, arlier governments neglected it
11:55 am: This factory was sanctioned in 2007 and was built in 2010. For 4 years parts of the coach from Kapurthala were assembled and painted here. The factory that was supposed to make new coaches was never allowed to work at its full capacity, says PM Modi.
11:50 am: The Modern Coach Factory is witness to exploitation of nation’s resources during previous government. We changed this situation after we came to power, says PM Modi.
10:40 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inspects the Modern Coach Factory. He will later flag-off the 900th coach and a Humsafar Rake of this factory.
Raebareli: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inspects the Modern Coach Factory. He will later flag-off the 900th coach and a Humsafar Rake of this factory. pic.twitter.com/BW2IcaQsF4— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) December 16, 2018
10:30 am: Prime Minister will dedicate the renovated 133-km Raebareli stretch of National Highway 232. The 133 km project has been completed at a cost of about Rs 558 crore. It is an important link between the mining areas of Bundelkhand, pilgrimage centre Chitrakoot, the state capital Lucknow and Purvanchal. The highway sees heavy traffic carrying construction material, news agency PTI reported. The highway is two-laned with paved shoulder and includes a 4-lane stretch of 2 km in the urban part of Banda city. There are two 2 bypasses — an 11 km one for the city of Fatehpur and 5 km one for Lalganj, Raebareli.
10:26 am: Prime Minister will also address a gathering in Raebareli, where he will flag-off the 900th coach and a Humsafar Rake of MCF.
The Prime Minister will visit Uttar Pradesh on December 16, 2018.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) December 15, 2018
At Rae Bareli, PM will inspect the Modern Coach Factory. At a public meeting, he will flag-off the 900th coach, and a Humsafar Rake of this Factory.
10:17 am: Prime Minister will inaugurate a state-of-the-art Command and Control Centre for the Kumbh Mela. He will perform Ganga Pujan, and visit the Swachh Kumbh exhibition and will also visit the “Akshayvat” in Prayagraj.
The Prime Minister will then proceed to Prayagraj. He will inaugurate a state-of-the-art Command and Control Centre for the Kumbh Mela. He will perform Ganga Pujan, and visit the Swachh Kumbh exhibition. Shri Narendra Modi will also visit the “Akshayvat” in Prayagraj.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) December 15, 2018
10:09 am: According to the information shared on the official twitter handle of the BJP, PM is scheduled to attend seven programmes in Uttar Pradesh's Raebareli and Prayagraj.
10:00 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in Lucknow. He'll attend events later today in Raebareli and Prayagraj.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Lucknow. He'll attend events later today in Raebareli and Prayagraj. pic.twitter.com/HtAPb1oR1J— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) December 16, 2018
Earlier on Thursday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had visited Rae Bareli to oversee preparations for the visit. He also took a tour of the Rail Coach Factory in the district.
PM Modi's visit is seen as a strategy of the BJP to pin the Congress leadership in their respective constituencies in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Rae Bareli is represented in the Lok Sabha by former Congress President and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
The prime minister's visit was planned before the counting of votes in the five states-Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Mizoram.
PM Modi is likely to visit Uttar Pradesh again on December 29 to issue commemorative postal stamp on backward caste leader Maharaja Suheldev Rajbhar and lay the foundation stone of infrastructure projects in Ghazipur.
(With PTI inputs)