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Modi recounts govt achievements in I-Day speech

The 70th Independence Day was celebrated with much zeal and fervour in the lawns of the iconic Red Fort in the national capital. A large number of people had gathered to listen to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who dressed in a white kurta pyjama and a saffron and pink turban looked dressed for the occasion.

As the public saw Mr. Modi arrive at the Red Fort through large screens installed in the grounds, a loud cheer echoed in the surroundings, with school kids shouting “ Modi ji aa gaye” (Here comes Modiji). Those who could not get entry inside the venue tried to catch a glance of the Prime Minister from the high roads outside the fort.

“This is my first time at the Independence Day function and I am very excited to see the Prime Minister. He is such an iconic figure, we are all inspired by him,” said Nishant, a student from a government school in North Delhi.

Another one jumped with excitement on seeing PM’s cavalcade enter the venue and stood on his chair to catch a glimpse of the PM, only to be disappointed when he realised it is not possible to see him from such a distance. “I wanted to see Modi ji from a close distance, if possible shake hands with him. But I know that is not possible,” he said.

In his 90-minute long address to the public, Mr. Modi counted the achievements of the government and stressed on the fact that each citizen of India should contribute towards the growth of the country. He also pointed out how India is inching towards global development. Each time he spoke about the country’s development globally, he received a loud cheer from the crowd.

He ended his speech with cheering the crowd to repeat “ Bharat Mata ki Jai” and “ Vande Mataram” after him.


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