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Highlights: PM Modi targets Congress at Baghpat rally, says India is his family

PM Narendra Modi held a roadshow on the Delhi-Meerut Expressway and inaugurated the Eastern Peripheral Expressway in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday. Here are the highlights:

india Updated: May 27, 2018 19:08 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds a rally at Bhagpat in Uttar Pradesh. (ANI Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the first phase of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway before holding a roadshow in an open jeep in the Capital on Sunday.

Modi travelled 6km in an open jeep on the Delhi-Meerut Expressway, built at a cost of Rs 841 crore. After the roadshow, the Prime Minister held a rally at Baghpat during the inauguration of the 135-km-long Eastern Peripheral Expressway, built at a cost of Rs 11,000 crore.

Here are the highlights: 

2pm: Former UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav reacts to PM Modi’s rally:  

1:48pm: My country is my family, the Prime Minister says, thanking a cheering crowd for attending the rally in this summer heat.

1:47pm: We all know the their predicament. To go against Modi, they (Congress) will even go against the country: Modi

1:45pm: They don’t have faith in democracy or the constitutional institutions... they have raised issues about the Reserve Bank of India, EVMs, the Supreme Court, Election Commission etc, says PM Modi referring to the “family” that ruled for 70 years.

“Those who worship one family can’t respect a democracy.”  

1:40pm:

1:35pm: The truth is, Congress and its allies mock everything that is being done for all the backward classes, tribals. They always act as obstacles in the path of development: Modi says attacking the Opposition during the inauguration ceremony.

1:30pm: This government has undertaken many measures for Dalits, OBCs and SC/STs. We have made special courts to tackle cases of atrocities against the Dalits, says PM Modi citing BR Ambedkar.

1:25pm: Congress mocks the government’s efforts to make the lives of Dalits, OBCs better: PM Narendra Modi

1:22pm: We are working for women’s empowerment. We provided 4 crore gas connections under the Ujjwala scheme to make women’s lives easier: Modi

1:20pm: On the issue of crime in UP, Modi praises Yogi Adityanath for encounters in the state. He says under the Yogi Adityanath government, the criminals are surrendering themselves to authorities.

1:17pm: In the Congress era, only 2 factories manufactured mobile phones. Now, there are more than 120 in India: PM on his ‘Make in India’ initiative.

1:15pm: In its four years, the UPA government could only get optical fibre connectivity in 59 panchayats. On the other hand, we have provided optical fibre connectivity in more than 1 lakh panchayats, says Modi targeting the Opposition Congress.

1:10pm: The modern infrastructure of the country has a very important role in raising the standard of life of crores of people.Infrastructure does not differentiate on the basis caste, creed, religion and economic status: PM Modi

1:07pm: Our government took the problem of pollution seriously and pioneered the Expressway around Delhi. These are being built in two phases, the Prime Minister says.

1:05pm: Prime Minister lists the ways in which the expressway will benefit commuters, hailing it as the country’s first green highway. “27 km highways being built everyday as compared to 12 km previously,” says PM Modi after dedicating to the nation Eastern Peripheral Expressway..

1:01pm: This is a huge day for people of UP, Haryana and Delhi-NCR. Two new expressways have been inaugurated: Modi

“The 9km stretch has been completed in 18 months only, using the best technology,” Modi on Delhi-Meerut Expressway.

1pm: Prime Minister addresses a rally in Bhagpat. “Your presence in this summer heat is proof that our government has been successful in 4 years,” Modi tells a cheering crowd.  

12:55pm: PM Modi inaugurates the Eastern Peripheral Expressway in Bhagpat.

12:50pm: Union minister Nitin Gadkari says the inauguration of EPE is a “golden day” in India’s history of development.

We are trying to transform dreams of PM into reality by constructing Expressway like Eastern Peripheral, Delhi-Meerut Expressway, Gadkari says, adding that EPE will reduce 27% pollution of Delhi.

Delhi- Saharanpur Expressway will be now National Highway and it will be extended to Dehradun.

12:30pm: Yogi Adityanath addresses the rally in Baghpat as the crowd cheers. The Uttar Pradesh chief minister hails the government’s role in developing the road and transport infrastructure in the state. “On the occasion of the inauguration of Eastern Peripheral Expressway, I thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi on behalf of the people of Uttar Pradesh.”

12:20pm: PM Modi will shortly address a rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Bhagpat. UP governor Ram Naik, Union minister Nitin Gadkari, UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath and Haryana chief minister ML Khattar are also present.

11:45am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits digital gallery and 3D model exhibition on making of Eastern Peripheral Expressway, in Haryana’s Kundli.

The state-of-the-art expressway will have automated challans for over-speeding, as cameras will capture speed of vehicles. Besides, it will have provisions of tolling only for the distance travelled.

10:50am: Here’s a video of PM Modi’s roadshow on the Delhi-Meerut expressway, which was constructed in 17 months: 

10:25am: PM Modi’s roadshow begins as crowds gather to see him.

PM Narendra Modi waves to supporters during the roadshow in Delhi. (Picture courtesy: BJP Live/Twitter)

10:20am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates the first phase of Delhi-Meerut Expressway. Union minister Nitin Gadkari is also present at the ceremony, reports ANI.

9:50am: PM Modi’s will inaugurate the Delhi-Meerut Expressway shortly.

Eastern Peripheral Expressway

EPA will connect Sonipat to Palwal through Baghpat, Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar and Faridabad while serving as a bypass for vehicles entering Delhi. It was built at a cost of Rs 11,000 crore and is India’s first highway to be lit by solar power besides provisions of rain water harvesting. The highway will also showcase 36 national monuments and 40 fountains, Union minister Nitin Gadkari said, adding the construction was completed in a record 500 days.

The project had earlier faced resistance from farmers over land and other issues.

Delhi-Meerut Expressway

The Delhi-Meerut Expressway will also allow commuters to travel from the national capital to Meerut in 45 minutes. The first phase of the six-lane expressway starts from the Nizamuddin Bridge in Delhi till the Uttar Pradesh border.

Built at a cost of Rs 841 crore, the expressway also has vertical gardens with solar system on the Yamuna Bridge.

The Yamuna Bridge on the expressway will be the first in the world that have host vertical gardens with solar power system and drip irrigation. It also has a cycle track and a 1.5-metre footpaths for pedestrians on both sides.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: May 27, 2018 10:02 IST