India Independence Day 2021 Highlights: India is celebrating its 75th Independence Day and marking another milestone in the history of the world’s largest democracy. Addressing the nation from Red Fort, PM Modi said the Centre will soon launch the Rs 100 lakh-crore Gati Shakti national infrastructure plan to boost the country’s economy. Giving a call for ‘Sabka Prayas’ along with ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas’ for building a new India, PM Modi said, “We have to ensure we meet our goal of building Aatmanirbhar Bharat when we celebrate 100 years of India’s Independence.”
Earlier in the day, Modi lauded the Tokyo Olympic winners and Covid warriors. “In 75 weeks of the ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, 75 ‘Vande Bharat’ trains will connect different parts of the country, the prime minister announced. The development of Jammu and Kashmir is visible on the ground, Modi said, adding that the delimitation exercise is on and preparations are underway for assembly polls there. PM Modi also hoisted the tricolour at the Red Fort before his speech.
Hours after PM Modi’s address, the Congress accused him of only making announcements about schemes in his Independence Day speeches and not implementing them, even as it hit out at him for not withdrawing the three farm laws against which the farmers have been protesting. Meanwhile, West Bengal CM and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee called for strengthening voices against all forces that try to stifle freedom.