Our govt is for poor, farmers, Dalits: Highlights of PM Modi’s Kushinagar rally
PM Modi will also be addressing a public rally in Kushinagar after flagging off the Humsafar Train.india Updated: Nov 27, 2016 14:39 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke at large about the plight of sugarcane farmers in Uttar Pradesh while addressing a BJP rally in Kushinagar town on Sunday.
The rally comes ahead of the state assembly polls due early next year.
Here are live updates from the rally:
2.10pm: I’ve asked 50 days from the nation. We’re talking about stopping the black money, they (Opposition) are talking about stopping the country: PM Modi says.
PM Modi ends his address, asking people to choose between ‘note bandi’ and ‘Bharat bandi’ -- Note ban or all India strike called by Left over the demonetisation
2.00pm: Slamming the Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh for the condition of farmers, PM Modi says, “I don’t think this UP government will not be able to do any work. They’re not even interested in this.”
I want to tell the UP government that if they have time and are concerned about the farmers of the state, implement the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Beema Yojana: PM Modi in Kushinagar.
The Prime Minister Crop Insurance Scheme is to ensure farmers get adequate compensation against any losses due to crop damage.
01.45pm: The BJP government decided to pass on sugarcane dues directly to accounts of farmers, and not their agents or the traders. We ensured that there are no middlemen. When my government took charge, sugarcane farmers were to be paid Rs 12,000 crore. I made sure their dues were cleared: PM Modi in Kushinagar
01.35pm: PM Modi address the gathering, says the “government is dedicated to the poor, to the farmers and scheduled castes and scheduled tribes” and “each one of those who have shown trust in me”.
“I have come to repay your debt as the country’s ‘Pradhan Sevak’,” the PM says.
01.10pm: Yogi Adityanath, the firebrand BJP MP from Gorakhpur arrives at the rally to a warm welcome backs Modi’s demonetisation decision.
A huge applause goes up as UP BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya asks the crowd to raise hands to show support for demonetisation move.
12:53pm: PM Modi arrives at the rally site. Crowd erupts with ‘Modi Modi’ chant.
12:49pm: Now just ahead of PM’s arrival former BSP heavyweight Swami Prasad Maurya attacks Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samajwadi Party and the Congress.
12:43pm: Rita Bahuguna Joshi attacks her former party -Congress - for criticism of the Modi government over surgical strikes and the crackdown on black money. Backing the BJP-led NDA government’s demonetisation move, Joshi says, “Modi would rule for several decades.”
12.30pm: Former BSP heavyweight Swami Prasad Maurya and former UP Congress Committee chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi share the BJP’s Parivartan Rally stage in Kushi Nagar where the PM Narendra Modi is expected after some time. Maurya and Joshi have already embraced the BJP in Delhi in the presence of BJP chief Amit Shah.
Watch PM Modi’s full speech here: