PM Modi inaugurates Durga Puja event in Bengal, renews pitch for Covid-19 protocols
PM Modi’s Durga Puja address: Speaking on the occasion, PM Modi also talked about various schemes implemented by his govt for people of West Bengal. He also said the state will play a major role in ‘Purvodaya.’Updated: Oct 22, 2020, 13:31 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday addressed people of West Bengal on the occasion of the beginning of Durga Puja, the biggest festival in the state.
PM Modi’s address, which he delivered virtually, took place on Durga Shasthi or the sixth day of the ongoing nine-day Navratri festival.
Last night, the prime minister had tweeted: “Durga Puja is an auspicious occasion, which celebrates the victory of good over evil. We pray to Maa Durga to bless us with strength, happiness and good health.”
“Sisters and brothers of West Bengal, tomorrow, on the auspicious day of Maa Durga Pujo’s Mahashashti, I would join the Divine celebrations via video conferencing and shall also be extending my greetings to everyone. Do join the programme live,” he had posted in a subsequent tweet.
Here are the major highlights from PM Modi’s speech:
*PM ends his speech in Bengali, says can’t stop himself from speaking in Bengali and apologises for errors
PM recalls Swadeshi movement, says it was Bengal which turned Swadeshi into an ‘oath’ during freedom movement.
*PM says people have shown great restraint in celebrating Durga Puja amid Covid-19 and urges everyone to wear masks and follow social distancing during celebrations.
*’Durga Puja reflects unity and strength of India, as well as traditions and culture of Bengal,’ says PM Modi
*Under PMAY, 30 lakh houses have been built for poor: PM Modi
*Have to move forward with mantra of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas,’ says PM Modi
*West Bengal has to play a significant role in ‘Purvodaya’, says Prime Minister
*PM Modi says Rs 8,500 crore have been approved for Kolkata’s East West Metro
*Have to reach meet objective of ‘Sonar Bangla’ through Atmanirbhar Bharat: PM Modi
*Mission to empower women is going on at rapid pace in India says PM Modi
*PM Modi pays tribute to various eminent personalities from West Bengal
*PM Modi says people from West Bengal are taking India forward
*It feels like I’m not in Delhi but right in West Bengal with all of you says, PM Modi
*PM Modi begins his speech by wishing the people of West Bengal in Bengali