In his first visit as Prime Minister, Narendra Modi will visit Amethi, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s bastion on Sunday. The Prime Minister will launch several schemes worth Rs 11,000 crore with special focus on Kalashnikov rifles manufacturing facility. During his visit, the PM will unveil several other development projects for Amethi and the region, a statement from his office said. At Kauhar in Amethi, the PM will dedicate the Indo-Russia Rifles Pvt Limited to the nation.
The Indo-Russia Rifles Pvt Ltd is a joint venture between India's Ordnance factory and a Russian firm. It will produce the last series of Kalashnikov rifles in the Korwa Ordnance Factory.
The PM will unveil several development projects in power generation, education, health and manufacturing sectors. These projects will directly benefit the Amethi region, the statement said.
Modi will also address a public gathering at Kauhar. BJP leaders expect over 1 lakh people will attend the rally. According to a report in The Hindustan Times, hoardings carrying the slogan ‘toot jayega danka, phuss ho jayegi Priyanka’ have surfaced in neighbouring Rae Bareli. The report also said that five years ago, on May 5, 2014, Modi had broken the unwritten code of top leaders avoiding campaigning in parliamentary constituencies of the counterparts of rival parties.
Meanwhile, PM Modi on Saturday took on the Opposition over the issue of air strikes on terror camps in Pakistan saying while the entire world stood behind India in its fight against terror, some parties in the country were questioning it. He also hit out at his detractors saying they are free to criticise him but their anti-Modi tirade should not help terrorists like Masood Azhar and Hafiz Saeed.
PM Modi also said that the entire country is feeling the absence of Rafale fighter jet aircraft and wondered what could have happened if the IAF had the fighter planes. "The country is feeling the absence of Rafale. The entire country is saying in one voice today, what all could have happened if we had Rafale. The country has suffered a lot due to selfish interests earlier and now politics over Rafale," he said in his address at the India Today conclave.