Bharat ki Baat, Sabke Saath: Need of hour is to make development mass movement, says PM Modi

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 19 April 2018, 12:19 AM
Bharat ki Baat: Modi addresses Indian diaspora at Westminster (Image: IANS)
Bharat ki Baat: Modi addresses Indian diaspora at Westminster (Image: IANS)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived in London on Wednesday on a four-day visit to the United Kingdom will address the Indian diaspora present in London and answer several questions raised by the citizens in a talk event titled 'Bharat Ki Baat, Sabke Saath.'

Modi, who arrived for a breakfast meeting, was greeted with the customary handshake by May.

During the meeting with May, Modi told his British counterpart that there would be no dilution in UK's importance to India even after it leaves the European Union.

“India-UK ties are diverse and extensive. Our meeting today will give new energy to bilateral cooperation between our nations,” Modi said.

Meanwhile, Modi didn't forget the important elections back home in Karnataka, where his party is facing a stiff challenge and paid tributes to Bhagwan Basaveshwara's bust located by the Thames.

"I am here on the Jayanti of Bhagwan Basaveshwara. During my last visit, I had the honour of unveiling his bust in the UK. Centuries ago, Bhagwan Basaveshwara worked towards social empowerment," Modi said.

Lingayats, who comprise 17 per cent of Karnataka’s total population, are the followers of Bhagwan Basaveshwara, a 12th-century saint. Today is his birth anniversary and the BJP would not want to miss the occasion and try to make the most of it.

“On his Jayanti, I bow to Bhagwan Basaveshwara. He has a special place in our history and culture. His emphasis on social harmony, brotherhood, unity and compassion always inspires us. Bhagwan Basaveshwara brought our society together and gave importance to knowledge,” Modi tweeted.

Karnataka will go to polls next month. The voting will be held on May 12 and the counting of votes would take place on May 15.

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Highlights of the meeting:

# 12:15 AM: Earlier when people used to talk on the humanitarian grounds, they only used to talk about western countries. But when we were able to take out 5000-6000 Indians out of Yemen, many countries requested us to take their people out of Yemen safely: Modi

# 12:08 AM: I was not born with an aim to be in history books. I request you all- remember our country and not Modi. I am just like you all, a common citizen of India: Modi

# 12:07 AM: I was not born with an aim to be in history books. I request you all- remember our country and not Modi. I am just like you all, a common citizen of India: Modi

# 12:06 AM: I could not go to the Commonwealth Summit in Malta. This time, Prince Charles came himself to invite me & said you have to attend the summit. Even Queen Elizabeth wrote a letter to me saying that you have to come: Modi

# 12:01 AM: My problem is not against criticism. To criticise, one has to research and find proper facts. Sadly, it does not happen now. What happens instead is allegations: Modi

# 11:58 PM: Democracy cannot succeed without constructive criticism. I want this Government to be criticised. Criticism makes democracy strong: Modi

# 11:56 PM: What prevented Indian Prime Ministers from going to Israel. Yes, I will go to Israel and I will even go to Palestine. I will further cooperation with Saudi Arabia and for the energy needs of India I will also engage with Iran: Modi

# 11:54 PM: You all must have seen that the power of your passport has increased. People look at you with proud. India is still is the same. But today we can see a difference. Indian has managed to do this & now people know the power of India: Modi

# 11:42 PM:The 125 crore people of India are my family: Modi

# 11:30 PM: If you will see where we stand in comparison to previous government, I can affirm that we left no stone unturned in doing good for the country on any parameter. Before 2014, newspapers used to have headlines 'aaj itna gaya', today's news is 'Modi Ji kitna aaya'?: Modi

# 11:25 PM: Today, we are working for farmers' welfare, whether it is to double the income of agriculture by 2022, easy availability of urea or neem coating of urea, we are moving forward with a definite goal: Modi

# 11:18 PM: It's our country misfortune that after independence, attempts were made to erase the culture & history of India. People were kept from anything but one single family. What Lord Basweshwar did for women empowerment, democracy & social causes is an example for world: Modi

# 11:02 PM: One of the things I wanted to do in London was to pay homage to Bhagwan Basaveshwara: Modi

# 10:52 PM: I am like any common citizen. And, I also have drawbacks like normal people do. We have a million problems but we have a billion people who can solve them: Modi

# 10:40 PM: 18,000 villages did not have electricity. So many women do not have access to toilets. These realities of our nation did not let me sleep. I was determined to bring about a positive change in the lives of India's poor: Modi

# 10:30 PM: I do not need to read books to understand poverty. I have lived in poverty, I know what it is to be poor and belong to the backward sections of society. I want to work for the poor, the marginalised and the downtrodden: Modi

# 10:25 PM: We believe in peace. But we will not tolerate those who like to export terror. We will give back strong answers and in the language they understand. Terrorism will never be accepted: Modi

# 10:23 PM: Look back at India's history. India has never desired anyone else's territory. During World War 1 and 2 we had no stake but our soldiers took part in the Wars. These were big sacrifices. Look at our role in UN Peacekeeping Forces: Modi

# 10:16 PM: Participative democracy makes good governance possible: Modi

# 10:15 PM: Today the need of the hour is to make development a mass movement: Modi

# 10:13 PM: During the freedom struggle Mahatma Gandhi did something very different. He turned the freedom struggle into a mass movement. He told every person that whatever you are doing will contribute to India's freedom: Modi

# 10:05 PM: Yes, people have more expectations from us because they know that we can deliver. People know that when they say something, the Government will listen and do it. Days of incremental change are over: Modi

# 10:04 PM: It is important to be concerned. I am glad that today there is a feeling of hope and resolution in the minds of 500 million people and people are expecting something from me: Modi

# 10:02 PM: 'Besabri' is not a bad thing. If a person has a cycle, a person aspires a scooter. If a person has a scooter, a person aspires a car. It is nature to aspire. India is getting increasingly aspirational: Modi

# 09:54 PM: People are equivalent to Gods in a democracy and if they wish even a tea-seller can become their representative and shake hands at the Royal Palace: PM Modi

# 09:46 PM: PM Modi reaches the centre stage

# 09:33 PM: Indian director and head of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Prasoon Joshi, takes on the central stage.

# 09:19 PM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi all set to address the Indian diaspora at Central Hall, Westminster.

# 07: 15 PM: India-UK ties are diverse and extensive. Our meeting today will give new energy to bilateral cooperation between our nations, says PM Modi

# 07:00 PM: PM Theresa May, I am glad to begin my programmes in the UK with this meeting. I thank you for the gesture of Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson welcoming me. This gesture shows your respect for 125 crore Indians: PM Modi to PM May

# 04:25 PM: PM Modi pays tributes to Lingayats Bhagwan Basaveshwara in London.

# 03:45 PM: PM Modi welcomed by HRH Prince Charles at the Science Museum in London. PM and Prince Charles visited the Exhibition on 5000 years of Science and Technology in India.

# 03:30 PM: A warm welcome and a fire-side discussion! PM @narendramodi welcomed by @theresa_may @10DowningStreet. The two leaders had wide-ranging talks on redefining and infusing new energy into our bilateral engagement post-Brexit.

# 02:40 PM: PM Modi will take part in 'Bharat Ki Baat Sabke Saath' programme. Here is the link to watch the programme: https://www.youtube.com/user/narendramodi

# 02:40 PM: It is a matter of happiness for me that I will get to interact with people here on the birth anniversary of Lord Basaveshwara: PM Modi in meeting with British PM Theresa May in London.

# 02:30 PM: Greeting the Indian community outside the Hotel as PM Modi begins his bilateral visit to the United Kingdom with a breakfast meeting with his British counterpart Theresa May 10 Downing Street. 

# 02:20 PM: On his arrival in London, Modi held a midnight meeting with UK's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson at the airport.

# 02:15 PM: "In the second leg of his 3-nation visit, PM @narendramodi arrives in the UK on a bilateral visit and to attend the Commonwealth Summit in London. He was received by UK Foreign Secretary @BorisJohnson at the airport. Another chapter in modern partnership bound by strong historical ties!" tweets MEA India.

# 02:00 PM: After a day's visit to Sweden PM Narendra Modi emplanes for London for the bilateral visit to the UK and CHOGM Summit.

Although, the BJP traditionally enjoyed the support of Veerashaiva-Lingayat community it was stung by the Congress party’s move to allow a separate religion for the Lingayat community.

Months before the elections in Karnataka, the Siddaramaiah government accepted the suggestions of the Nagamohan Das Committee to grant a religious minority status to the Lingayats.

BJP’s chief ministerial candidate BS Yedyurappa, also a Lingayat termed the move “politically motivated” and party’s president Amit Shah reached out to key religious figures of the community to seek their “blessings”.

While Modi is unveiling lord Basaveshwara’s bust, Shobha Karandlaje, a BJP lawmaker from Udupi-Chikmagalur constituency said that Siddaramaiah should not be allowed to do so as he split the community.

"Mr Siddaramaiah split the Lingayat community only with an intention to gain votes and create a vote bank for his party... I request all the Lingayats and Veerashaivas to bar Siddaramaiah from garlanding Basaveshwara's statue," Karandlaje said.

Karnataka will go to polls next month. The voting will be held on May 12 and the counting of votes would take place on May 15.

First Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 02:18 PM
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