Two years of Modi govt: Earlier govt created Nirbhaya fund but didn’t use the money, Kiren Rijiju hits out at UPA govt

A mega event will be organised at India Gate in New Delhi on Saturday evening to mark the completion of two years of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and most of his ministerial colleagues are expected to attend the event. Besides this, the government has launched a series of events to highlight its achievements. The highlight of the celebrations will be a mega show at India Gate titled ‘Ek Nayi Subah’ or ‘A New Dawn’ beginning 5 p.m. onwards.

A number of film stars, including Amitabh Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Vidya Balan, Anupam Kher, Anil Kapur and Prasun Joshi, are expected to attend the event.

Meanwhile, putting all rumours to rest, Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Friday clarified that he was not hosting the event at India Gate. “I am hosting a small segment of government’s ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ campaign. I am the U.N. ambassador for girl child education. I am not hosting the two years of Modi Government event. In fact, Madhavan is hosting it,” Bachchan said.

The Congress had on Wednesday questioned the Centre’s decision of selecting the megastar to host the show, saying it might send wrong signals to the investigating agencies probing the Panama paper leaks.

(With ANI inputs)

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18:42 PM
Instead of Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel, his rumoured replacement Nitinbhai Patel was seen attending the mega event. There have been reports recently of Anandiben Patel being removed as the CM of Gujarat.

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18:26 PM
Union Ministers Uma Bharti and Chuadhary Birender Singh were invited on stage to talk about Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan.

“The previous governments spent the money in an unplanned way while we have a clear approach to clean Ganga,” Uma Bharti said.

Bharti further added that even though today Ganga is in the 10 most dirtiest rivers in the world, by 2018 it will be among the ten cleanest rivers.

Chaudhary Birender Singh stressed on the govt’s targets on building toilets and said that the mission of the govt is to end open-defecation completely

18:22 PM
Slamming the earlier UPA govt, MoS Home Kiren Rijiju said that the Nirbhaya Fund was created by the last govt but they never used the money. “We have undertaken many programmes and are implementing them rapidly,” Rijiju said.

18:20 PM
On the medical front, explaining govt initiatives, JP Nadda said that Mission Indradhanush was launched for immunisation that is helping the children who are usually left out.

“I come from a family where I faceds no discrimination. But many women face the problem out there and women need to be given oppurtunities. For the first time, I see a great enthusiasm to do so.”

She then spoke about helping an orphanage of 30 children adn caregivers who were thrown out to the streets by their landlord; she said that she gave them shelter for over a year and with the help of her friend Karan Johar, she built a new orphanage for them.

17:48 PM
Also present at one of the discussions on govt’s initiatives for women and children were Union Ministers Maneka Gandhi, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, JP Nadda and acress Raveena Tandon.

Maneka Gandhi said, “11 lakh children were rescued in February while 13 lakh children were saved in MArch with the help of govt initiatives. The government has also launched a national portal for lost and found children with the help of which hundreds have been found.”

17:38 PM
Indian Idol Junior winner Nahid Afrin sings ‘Dil Hai Chotta Sa’ at the event.

17:35 PM
A 7th standard girl asked Amitabh Bachchan, “How did you become Big B?”

Big B sits down on the floor and says, “Big B is just a name media has given me. Here look, I am smaller than you now.”

17:22 PM
Amitabh Bachchan speaks at the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme:

*It’s time we realise that half the population of the country cannot be left behind

  • The country’s growth is intrinsically connected with the development of women

*Please do not think of women as the weaker gender

  • Women are far stronger than men when we talk about inner-strength

16:48 PM
Dancers graces the event with their performance in the opening ceremony.

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With Agencies