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India Independence Day 2019 PM Narendra Modi Speech Highlight: This was Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first Independence Day speech after returning to power with a thumping majority in the recently-concluded Lok Sabha elections.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: August 15, 2019 9:38:14 pm
Independence Day 2019 LIVE: Dressed in a white kurta-pyjama and a colourful turban, PM Modi was received by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Red Fort. (Express photo/Neeraj Priyadarshi)

India Independence Day 2019 PM Modi Speech Highlights: In his first Independence Day address in NDA’s second term, Prime Minister Narendra Modi touched upon the achievements of his newly formed government in less than 10 weeks of coming to power — abrogation of Article 370, Article 35A, the passing of triple talaq Bill among others. He also said the decision to repeal Article 370 was a step towards fulfilling Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s dream

We neither nurse problems nor keep them pending. What could not happen in 70 years happened in less than 70 days. The development of Jammu and Kashmir now depends on us. The spirit of ‘One nation, one Constitution’ is now a reality. Discussions should now be held on one nation one election.” He also slammed the Opposition for politicising the scrapping of special status to Jammu and Kashmir. “Politics comes and goes but steps in the interest of the nation are paramount. If Article 370 was so important and life-changing, why was it not made permanent.”

PM Modi also announced the launch of Jal Jeevan Mission to bring piped water to households and resolved to spend more than Rs 3.5 lakh crore in coming years. He also asked citizens to join the Jal Ministry in water conservation. In his speech, he also remembered the lives lost in the massive floods across multiple parts of India. He also paid homage to the sacrifices made by the freedom fighters in the struggle for independence.

Dressed in a white kurta-pyjama and a colourful turban, PM Modi was received by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Red Fort. He then inspected Guard of Honour and unfurled tricolour. Before coming to Red Fort, he paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation on Independence Day. (Express photo by Neeraj Priyadarshi)
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Red Fort, Bharat Dalmia Group, heritage conservation, Ministry of Tourism’s, Adopt a Heritage initiative, India heritage, indian express opinion Modi has used the annual event to announce the Centre's schemes and present a report card of his government's performance. (Express Photo by Amit Mehra/File)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver his sixth straight Independence day speech on Thursday. He is expected to touch upon a host of issues ranging from his government's landmark decision on Jammu and Kashmir to the state of economy. This will also be his first August 15 address after coming back to power with a huge mandate. In the past, Modi has used the annual event to announce the Centre's schemes and present a report card of his government's performance.

President, Ram Nath Kovind, also addressed the nation on the eve of Independence Day. Delivering his address, Kovind said the changes made in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh recently will enable the people to access and enjoy the same rights, same privileges and same facilities as their fellow citizens in the rest of the country.

The PM's speech is being telecast live on television as well as on the Internet. You can watch his speech as well as the proceedings from the Red Fort on TV Channels like Doordarshan, Lok Sabha TV, Rajya Sabha TV. Viewers can also watch the speech on the prime minister's personal website- narendramodi.in.

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