INDIA: In this early morning, PM Modi lost his beloved mother, Heeraben Modi and had to rush to Gujarat to perform her last rites.
However, PM Modi resumed his work post the cremation and his virtual presence in the development projects of West Bengal. Modi was about to visit Bengal today, but due to the grievous incident, he couldn’t make his way at the last minute.
PM Modi virtually flagged off the Vande Bharat express in West Bengal
Prime Minister virtually greenlit the Vande Bharat express connecting Howrah and New Jalpaiguri and laid the foundation stone for several other development projects costing Rs 7,800 crore in West Bengal.
Various other mainstream leaders of India hailed the Indian PM as a “karmayogi” (a person who is devoted to his work).
As per reports, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, alongside Union Minister Amit Shah, is in Kerala due to their work commitments. They planned to cancel their scheduled programs and visit PM, but Modi insisted they complete their work and then join him.
In the meantime, PM Modi apologised to the people of Bengal for his absence and said prior to commencing the program, “I apologise to you and West Bengal for not being able to join you today. I was meant to attend for personal reasons.”
Further paying respect to the state, he said, “The “Vande Mataram” slogan’s birthplace served as the launch site for today’s Vande Bharat train.”
Talking about the specification of choosing December 30, the day of Vande Bharat inauguration, he said, “The launch date of December 30 is significant as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose had hoisted the tricolour in Andaman and Nicobar Islands on this day in 1943.”
As the River Ganga continues to get more and more contaminated, PM Modi suggested 25 new sewage treatment projects, of which 11 have already been finished, and 7 will be inaugurated today.
The Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, also extended her condolences to Modi ji and his entire family. She went on to say, “Your mother is also our mother.”
The Vande Bharat express which has already kicked off in various other states of India, but today it’s been flagged off in West Bengal as well. This will benefit the tourist travelling to the Himalayas in North Bengal and Sikkim. The cultural state of India will now have a train that has 16 coaches, including two for drivers.
The 6.5 km, six-station segment between Joka and Taratala was built for more than Rs 2,475 crore. Travelling will be made easier for passengers from Kolkata’s southern regions, including Sarsuna, Dakghar, Muchipara, and South 24 Parganas.