Several BJP leaders including the party chief Amit Shah and Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj also made donations towards the party fund using the app and urged for increasing transparency.
Rakesh Asthana is a 1984-batch officer from Gujarat cadre who headed the state’s Special Investigation Team (SIT) that probed the burning of Sabarmati Express in Godhra in February 2002. He is seen to be close to PM Modi.
In a veiled attack on the Nehru-Gandhi family, Modi said the contribution of leaders such as Bose, Patel and B R Ambedkar was downplayed, to keep “one family” above the rest.
The Congress said the BJP is portraying Bose as Mahatma Gandhi’s victim and Jawaharlal Nehru’s rival to get political mileage. Abhishek Singhvi said that in reality, Bose had the highest regard for the two leaders and had named two INA regiments after them.
“…Previous governments let the “files gather dust and when we came to power in 2014 we allocated funds for this task and today we are witnessing the reality,” Modi said. “I think probably God has chosen me to do this noble task,” PM Modi said.
PM Modi tweeted his pictures with the medal winners, including shooting sensation gold winner Manu Bhaker and members of the silver medal-winning men’s and women’s hockey players.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also alerted people about the forces inside and outside India which were working against the country by targetting its constitutional values.
“I am proud of the new police memorial that is being dedicated to the nation today but I have few questions to ask. Why could this memorial not come into being despite over 70 years of Independence?” Modi said.
Donning the Azad Hind Fauj cap, the Prime Minister hoisted the national flag at Red Fort and unveiled a plaque to mark the anniversary. The plaque will be placed at barrack number three at the Red Fort where members of the Azad Hind Fauj faced trial.
The museum capturing the history, artefacts, uniform and gear of central and state police forces is an underground facility in the premises of the national police memorial.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the memorial in Chanakyapuri on October 21 observed as police commemoration day.
In a video posted on Twitter, the Prime Minister talked about the importance of remembering the leaders who have played a crucial role in contributing towards nation-building and gaining freedom from the British rule.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), in a statement, said the two leaders also exchanged views on regional and global issues during their meeting on the third and final day of the Sri Lankan leader’s visit here.
“On October 31, respected Prime Minister Modi is coming to unveil the Statue of Unity of Sardar Patel (at Kevadiya in Narmada district). There should also be a statue of Narendra Modi….called `statue of disharmony’,” he said.
The two leaders held talks at the Hyderabad House here on the third day and final day of the Sri Lankan Prime Minister’s India visit.