Home Minister Amit Shah winds up Chennai visit

CHENNAI: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday left for Delhi after launching various infrastructure projects worth over Rs 67,000 crore during his one day visit to the metropolis.

Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, his Cabinet colleagues including K A Sengottaiyan and P Thangamani gave him a warm send off at the airport here.

Shah, who arrived here on Saturday afternoon laid the foundation stone for projects including the Rs 61,843 crore phase II of Chennai Metro Rail, elevated highway in Coimbatore at an estimated Rs 1,620 crore, a barrage across river Cauvery in Karur district and IOCL’s projects worth over Rs 3,000 crore. Later, the senior BJP leader also addressed his party office-bearers here at a hotel.

Elaborate security arrangements were made by police for the visit of Shah, who is under Z-plus security cover.

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Bury differences, join hands to battle Covid-19 in Delhi: Amit Shah at all-party meet | India News

NEW DELHI: All political parties in Delhi should forget their differences and join hands in the Covid-19 battle of the national capital, Union home minister Amit Shah said on Monday after chairing an all-party meet.
Leaders of the BJP, the Aam Aadmi Party, the Congress and the BSP attended the meeting.
Shah appealed to the four parties to ask their workers to help in ensuring the ground implementation of the Delhi government’s coronavirus guidelines.
These steps will enhance public trust and the Covid-19 situation in Delhi will improve soon, Shah said.
All parties should forget their political differences and work together for the people of Delhi, he said after the meeting.

“We will have to increase Covid-19 testing in Delhi by adopting new solutions,” the home minister said.
The meeting was held in the wake of a spurt in novel coronavirus cases in Delhi.
Shah also apprised the leaders of the steps taken to check the coronavirus pandemic and sought their views on the issue, a home ministry official said.
‘No plan for another lockdown in Delhi’
Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal that there was no plan for another lockdown in Delhi even as the number of new cases continues to rise.
“Many people are speculating whether another lockdown in Delhi in being planned. There are no such plans,” Kejriwal tweeted.
The deadly virus has infected over 41,000 in the national capital so far and claimed more than 1,300 lives. On Sunday, Delhi recorded the highest single-day spike of 2,224 new Covid-19 cases.

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Ahead of Amit Shah’s rally, RJD beats utensils in protest | India News

PATNA: Hours before Union Home Minister Amit Shah‘s virtual rally in Bihar on Sunday, RJD leaders and workers staged protests, beating utensils and blowing conches against what their leader Tejashwi Yadav dubbed as the ruling partys celebration of the devastation caused by COVID-19 and the lockdown.
A large crowd gathered outside the 10, Circular Road, residence of former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi, where she stood alongside Tejashwi and her elder son Tej Pratap Yadav and party workers — all clanging steel plates with spoons– while standing inside circles drawn on the ground to ensure social distancing.
Huge police contingents were deployed at the protest site, a stones throw from the official residence of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, and also the house of state health minister Mangal Pandey, a senior BJP leader who has been drawing flak from the opposition for alleged poor handling of the pandemic.
The deafening sound of utensils clanging together and blowing of conches, reverberated through various parts of the state.
“They (the JD(U)-BJP government) are celebrating the devastation caused by COVID and the lockdown,” Tejashwi Yadav alleged in his brief interaction with media during the protest, referring to Shah’s rally scheduled later in the day.
No untoward incidents or skirmishes between the opposition party supporters or police were reported from anywhere.
Tejashwi Yadav accused the Nitish Kumar government of treating migrant workers as second class citizens and raked up the withdrawn circular by police headquarters voicing apprehension that the return of a large number of jobless labourers could pose a law and order problem.
“The government is treating the poor people of Bihar like ‘goonda and lootera’,” the younger son of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad, who has already been declared the party’s chief ministerial face for the assembly election due in October- November, said.
He also took a swipe at Shah’s digital rally when the state and the country were ravaged by the pandemic.
The ruling dispensation could have used digital technology for providing relief to the millions of poor affected by the calamity. But that seems to be none of its concern. The digital rally is an obvious indication that they are merely interested in pursuing their hunger for power, he said.
Yadav said the protest was aimed at ensuring that the poor, who have been hit the hardest by the pandemic, got their due.
There was no representation of RJD allies, including the Congress, former Union minister Upendra Kushwaha’s RLSP, former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s HAM or VIP at the protest.
In Video:Bihar: RJD leaders clang utensils to demonstrate against Amit Shah’s virtual rally

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