Ranchi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Daltonganj on Friday to formally kick off BJP's election campaign in the poll-bound Jharkhand amid unprecedented security in view of threats from the Naxalis and the banned terror outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM).
PM Modi, who returned from a three-nation tour yesterday, is scheduled to hold two rallies at Daltonganj and Chandwa in Palamu district. He is also likely to make time to campaign for the subsequent four phases of Assembly polls in Jharkhand, a state wrecked by political instability since it was formed 14 years ago.
Here are the live updates:
- PM concludes his speech
- Give me a chance to serve you, to change the future of Jharkhand: PM Modi
- I'm here to embrace Jharkhand, to do whatever I can for you: PM .
- I am here to change Jharkhand's destiny: PM Modi
- I need your blessings to change the situation in Jharkhand: PM
- Generating employment is our priority, says PM
- India is progressing at a rapid pace, Jharkhand cannot lag behind: PM
- If we rid this country of these small ills, there is no stopping India from growing: PM
- We've spent 60 years in trouble, have seen the ills of casteism, provincialism. There's just one way out - development: PM Modi
- I've decided we have to rise above these petty things: PM
- Previous govt was ashamed of touching issues like cleanliness and sanitation: PM
- We made the "Jan Dhan Yojna" possible, the work that was not done in 60 years, we did it in 60 days: PM
- I want to build toilets for my mothers and sisters here: PM Modi
- We are talking about building toilet facilities. We want to build toilets in schools: PM
- Those drunk on power must know there is no place for arrogance in a democracy: PM
- The ruling party has looted Jharkhand shamelessly: PM
- Jharkhand govt did not want Modi's ministers to come because they knew they would expose their misdeeds, says PM
- If you want Jharkhand to progress, you must rid the state of this 'family' politics: PM Modi
- Jharkhand has rivers but farmers in the state have no water for irrigation, says PM
- If they are in power, their families will be happy but nothing good will happen for people: PM
- Free Jharkhand from this family politics, says PM.
- Give us the opportunity. I want to work for the youth, adivasi families of Jharkhand: PM
- This land is rich but you got a Government that has destroyed your dreams: PM
- Do you want Jharkhand to develop, asks PM
- I spoke to Japan's Nobel Prize winning scientist about the health of our adivasi families, says PM
- Welfare of farmers is the top priority of my govt, says PM
- When I went to Japan I went to the lab of a Nobel Prize winning scientist and I talked to him about the health of our Adivasi families: PM
- I met scientists there. I met them for the farmers so that the productivity increases: PM
- I went to a University in Australia, says PM
- I thank you that you made us win the Lok Sabha polls: PM Modi
- I am sounding the poll bugle today, says PM
- When I last came for Lok Sabha campaigning the attendance was half. What has happened today that so many of you have come: PM
- I have a complaint, says PM
- This is the land of Birsa Munda, land of Raja Medini Rai. I salute you all: PM Modi
- PM Narendra Modi's chopper lands in Daltonganj
A tight security cover had been put in place to avoid any untoward incident in view of reports from the Intelligence Bureau, which claims the Naxals in collusion with the outlawed IM may target the prime minister there.
The IB report said the Naxals and IM, in a joint operation, may target the PM at the rally grounds or on the roads leading up to the venues. The extremists could plant mines on the corridor where the PM is expected to travel to reach rally venues.
According to Jharkhand Director General of Police (DGP) Rajeev Kumar, a text SMS reading, “'Modi ko mar do (kill Modi),” was received by a Ranchi resident Amresh Kumar, who immediately reported it to the police.
It may be noted that Palamu is one of the most Naxal-infested districts of Jharkhand. A huge contingent of central paramilitary forces, including the CRPF, BSF and ITBP, will be entrusted the state's security as it goes to the polls from November 25.