Shirdi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Shirdi on Friday where he is scheduled to attend the valedictory function of the Sai Baba Samadhi centenary celebrations at 10 AM. The PM will also address a gathering and unveil commemorative silver coins which would be made available for the devotees. Besides, he will also hand over the keys of houses to some beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). Also Read - Wear Masks, Maintain Social Distancing: Modi in Message to Bengal For Durga Puja Festivities | Highlights
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Meanwhile, Pune police during wee hours today detained activist Trupti Desai. As per reports, she was about to leave for Shirdi to meet PM Modi over the ongoing Sabarimala Temple row. The activist had earlier wrote a letter to Superintendent of Police Ahmednagar on Thursday demanding to meet the PM to discuss the issue. She had also threatened to stop his convoy. Also Read - Anticipating Backlash, BJP Turns Off 'Dislike' Button on YouTube Channel Amid PM Modi's Address to The Nation
“Police force was already here today morning when we were about to leave for Shirdi. It is wrong. It is our Constitutional right to protest. We are being stopped at home only. It is an attempt to suppress our voice through Modi ji,” Desai was quoted as saying after being detained by police.
PM Modi’s visit comes a day after the centenary celebrations ended in the holy city of Shirdi. He will be accompanied by Governor Vidyasagar Rao, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, MoS for Defence, among others. The celebrations were inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind by unfurling of the centenary flag last month.
Later in the day, the PM will lay the foundation stones of four important projects of the Shirdi Sai Trust. He would attend the ‘bhumi pujan’ of a 10 MW solar power system worth Rs 40 crore and even inaugurate a Rs 158 crore hi-tech educational complex which will house a school, college, auditorium, playground, library and laboratory.
He would also lay the foundation stone of a Rs 166 crore Sail Knowledge Park which would have a museum and a theme park. Apart from this, he will also perform the ground breaking ceremony of a Rs 112 crore worth hall that will be built to enable the devotees attend Sai darshan as it would directly be connected with Sai samadhi through a skywalk.
Following this, PM Modi will attend the e-griha pravesh ceremony for 40,000 beneficiaries of the affordable housing scheme of the government.
Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde on Tuesday alleged that the Maharashtra government is spending Rs 2 crore to bring beneficiaries for the October 19 function. The state government has allocated Rs 2 crore and given targets for its officers to identify and escort the beneficiaries to the event, he claimed.
“None of the government schemes are reaching the target group. So now they’ve opted for false promotion of the schemes, with elections approaching,” he alleged. Adding further, he said, “In fact, PMAY is merely the old Indira Awas Yojana combined with a few other schemes and rechristened. Its implementation has been such that they are having to search for beneficiaries now.”