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Soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi left the Red Fort after delivering his Independence Day speech, security personnel struggled to stop a woman from Punjab, who insisted on meeting him. Rama Rani from Mehngrowal village in Hoshiyarpur district had brought for the PM a photo frame with pictures of him and his mother. But in the melee, the photo frame was broken and she cut her toe on the glass. An agitated Rani sat on the ground, cursing security men. Her two daughters and two sons were also left fuming at not being allowed to meet the PM.
The chiefs of the BSP and the RSS will soon compete to secure their turf in Agra. Mayawati is holding a rally there on Sunday, the same day Mohan Bhagwat will address a gathering of swayamsevaks in the city. Bhagwat will be in Agra for five days and will attend a series of programmes. Both leaders hope to make a mark in the area, which comprises nearly a dozen districts, in the run-up to the UP assembly polls. Mayawati’s rally is at the same ground where Amit Shah was scheduled to address the Dhamma Chetna Yatra in Agra. But Shah’s rally was cancelled at the last minute, amid reports that Dalits had objections to the yatra.
With all women ministers slated to visit border outposts, as per the PM’s orders, to celebrate Raksha Bandhan with soldiers, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has decided to use the occasion to promote her ministry’s cause. Maneka, who is going to Banbasa on the Indo-Nepal border, has dispatched boxes of 50 rakhis to each of the eight women ministers. The rakhis that the ministers will tie on the wrists of soldiers have been designed with a logo and slogan of the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign.