Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurated the Swadeshi Darshan Scheme at Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Also Read - PM Modi Launches Slew of Projects in Kerala, Dedicates BPCL's Petro-chem Complex to Nation
Before the inauguration of the scheme, PM Modi had attacked the Left Democratic Front (LDF), the United Democratic Front (UDF) and the Congress over the ever-contentious Sabarimala and called the conduct of the state government as one of the most shameful behaviour. He added that he knew that communists do not respect Indian history, culture and spirituality but nobody had imagined that they will have such hatred. Also Read - In Kerala, PM Modi Attacks Congress And Left Over EVM Hacking Charge, Sabarimala Issue
He went on to add that the Congress led-UDF has multiple stands – they say one thing in Parliament but a different thing in the state. While speaking over the Sabarimala row PM Modi said, “Our stand on this issue has always been clear. And, the actions of our party match our words.” Also Read - Previous Govts Ruled Like 'Sultanates', Neglected Country's Rich Heritage: PM Modi Attacks Congress
Stating that all that Communists and Congress knew was to make tall claims, PM Modi said that both their actions are exactly the opposite to what they speak. He added, “Left and Congress make tall claims about respect to gender justice and social justice but their actions are exactly the opposite.NDA Government has been working towards abolishing Triple Talaq. Who is opposing us on this? Communists and the Congress.”
PM Modi also inaugurated the doubling of 14.2 km of Barpali-Dungaripali and 17.354 km Balangir-Deogaon railway lines, completed at a cost of Rs 189.3 crore. It is a part of the 181.54 km Sambalpur-Titlagarh rail track doubling project.
A Multi-Modal Logistics Park (MMLP) at Jharsuguda, built at a cost of Rs 100 crore, was dedicated to the nation by the prime minister.
He also inaugurated the 15 km-long Balangir-Bichhupali railway line laid at a cost of Rs 115 crore. It is part of the new 289-km Balangir-Khurda road line which connects to Howrah-Chennai main line on Khurda Road and Titlagarh-Sambalpur line at Balangir.
PM Modi flagged off a new train on Balangir-Bichhupali route which would benefit commuters of the region, besides connecting Bichhupali to Jharsuguda and Vizianagaram main line through Balangir.
A bridge between Theruvali and Singapur Road station, constructed at a cost of Rs 27.4 crore was inaugurated on the occasion. The bridge reestablishes the linkage over Nagavali river, which was destroyed during floods in July 2017.
These apart, Modi inaugurated renovation and restoration works at Nilamadhav and Siddheswar Temple at Gandhaharadi in Boudh, Paschim Somnath group of temples, also in Boudh, and Ranipur Jharial group of monuments in Balangir.
He inaugurated six Passport Sewa Kendras at Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Puri, Phulbani, Bargarh and Balangir.
PM Modi also laid the foundation stone for a permanent building of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sonepur, to be constructed at a cost of Rs 15.81 crore.
In Kerala, the Prime Minister will inaugurate the Kollam bypass on National Highway 66. It is a 13 km-long two-lane bypass, and includes three major bridges over the Ashtamudi lake.
The project will cut travel time between Alappuzha and Thiruvananthapuram, and will also decongest traffic in Kollam town.
In Thiruvananthapuram, he will visit the Padmanabhaswamy temple and is likely to unveil a plaque to mark the launch of visitor facilities there.
This will be the third official visit of the Prime Minister to Kollam. His first visit to the city was in December 2015, when he unveiled the statue of R Sankar. The Prime Minister had also visited Kollam in April 2016, hours after a fire tragedy.