Rajasthan Assembly polls 2023: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday launched various development projects worth over Rs 7,000 crores in Rajasthan's Chittorgarh. Following this, he addressed a public rally and held a road show in Chittorgarh. PM Modi before his public address in poll-bound Rajasthan visited and offered prayers at Sanwaliya Seth Temple in Chittorgarh. He was accompanied by the party's state president CP Joshi, who is Lok Sabha MP from Chittorgarh. Modi also greeted priests in the temple.
During his address, he said the development of Rajasthan is a big priority for his government, which has focused on building modern infrastructure in the state. Speaking at a function in Chittorgarh after dedicating various development projects worth around Rs 7,000 crore, Modi said the various development projects dedicated today will make life of the people easier and generate employment opportunities.
"The central government has focused a lot on developing modern infrastructure like expressways, highways and railways in Rajasthan,” he said. Modi said Rajasthan has the heritage of the past, strength of the present and possibilities of the future, calling it 'trishakti'. “This 'trishakti' of Rajasthan increases the strength of the country,” he said.
After the function, Modi left for a public rally organised by the BJP in the district.
In another poll-rally in Rajasthan's Chittorgarh, PM Modi took a jibe at the Ashok Gehlot government and alleged that the Congress government has destroyed the roots of the state in the past 5 years.
Is this why you voted for Congress?
"The Congress government in Rajasthan has destroyed the state in the past 5 years. It pains me that the state tops in crime list... Maximum number of cases of crime against women are from Rajasthan... Is this why you voted for Congress?..." said Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Chittorgarh.
He alleged that CM Gehlot was busy securing his seat in the state and his party was busy snatching his seat. "Every corrupt person, goon, rioter, tyrant and every leader of Congress has considered himself the government of Rajasthan. Congress left no stone unturned in looting the state," he said.
PM Modi during his visit to Chittorgarh inaugurated the Mehsana-Bathinda-Gurdaspur gas pipeline, built at a cost of Rs 4,500 crore in yet another step to promote a gas-based economy. He also inaugurated Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited's (HPCL) LPG plant in Abu Road. This plant will bottle and distribute 86 lakh cylinders per annum, resulting in net reduction in running trucks carrying the cylinders by around 0.75 million kilometres annually. This will help to cut down about 0.5 million tons of CO2 emission per annum.
Other developmental projects
Among the other projects, he threw open a four-lane road on NH-12 (new NH-52) on the Darah-Jhalawar-Teendhar section, which has been constructed at a cost of more than Rs 1,480 crore. This will help ease the transportation of the produce of mines from Kota and Jhalawar districts, the statement said.
Foundation stones for constructing and widening the railway overbridge from two lanes to four in Sawai Madhopur were laid. PM Modi also inaugurated several railway projects, tourism facilities and a permanent campus of the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Kota.
PM Modi to visit Gwalior
During his visit to Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, he will inaugurate the Delhi-Vadodara Expressway, which has been developed at a cost of about Rs 11,895 crore. He will also lay the foundation stone for five different road projects worth over Rs 1,880 crore, the statement said.
'Grih Pravesh' ceremony
In line with his vision to ensure a pucca house for every family, the prime minister will initiate the 'grih pravesh' ceremony of over 2.2 lakh homes built under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana - Gramin, it said. He will also inaugurate the houses constructed under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana - Urban at a cost of about Rs 140 crore.
As part of the government's focus on providing safe and adequate drinking water, Modi will lay the foundation stone of Jal Jeevan Mission projects worth over Rs 1,530 crore in Gwalior and Sheopur districts. These projects will together benefit more than 720 villages in the region.
Modi will also lay the foundation stone of nine health centres under the Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission and inaugurate and launch several other projects.
Assembly polls in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh are expected to be held in November-December.
(with inputs from PTI)