The soil of Maoist-plagued Dantewada in Chhattisgarh, today sensed the royal footsteps falling on it. Yes, since his prime ministerial post, this visit was Modi’s first.
The speech conducted by Modi was powerful, like always but echoed more of the societal-peace this time. “There is no future in violence. If there is a future, it is in peace,” said PM Modi to applause.
The ‘mantra’ of development has been Modi’s constant utterance from the very first election campaign of his. Same was fed to the ears of Dantewada as well where he assured that the roots of development would stretch itself impartially, every being.
His one-day visit dealt with two to-be-signed MoU’s. One was of Raoghat-Jagdalpur rail line which is on its way to introduction and another is about the construction of an Ultra Mega Steel Plant (UMSP) in Bastar district.
Estimated quantum of Rs 2,000 crore would be chipped in for the construction of 140 km rail line extending from Raoghat to Jagdalpur. Funding, as reported, is through an SPV between the Chattisgarh government, National Mineral Development Corporation, SAIL and IRCON International Ltd, owning equity of 10 per cent, 43 per cent, 21 per cent and 26 per cent respectively.
Modi’s precious time was also reserved for the inauguration of a new police headquarters in Naya Raipur, but the plan was declared dead after the stage on which he was supposed to carry out his rally smashed. The sudden stage-crash left the 50 injured.
Scenario of such Maoist-affected area before Modi’s visit has to be expectedly quite riotous, for no Maoist would keep calm on Modi’s arrival. It’s said that protest with the effigies of PM took place prior to his visit. To ensure security to Modi, senior police officers and sniffer dogs were deployed for Modi.
Education City and Livelihood College too in the first half of the day had the fortunateness of revelling Modi’s live speech. While conversing with students, one among the hordes unreluctantly asked Modi, “How do you deal with stress after working for 18 hours a day?”, to which Modi responded artfully, saying, ““When we live for our own people one cannot get tired. The people of India are my own. Won’t I feel happy to work for them,”