News Reading Practice #71

(100 Day Challenge)

NDA WILL RETURN TO POWER WITH MASSIVE MANDATE, SAYS MODI

‘Result will show people’s faith in good governance, policies’

AKSHAYA KUMARSAHOO, RAJIB CHOWDHURI | DC
BARIPADA/BALASORE (ODISHA)/ KOLKATA, MAY 29

Campaigning in Odisha and West Bengal for the last phase of the Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday tore into the Opposition, calling them “anti-development” and “corrupt”. Leading the charge for the BJP at poll rallies in the eastern states, Mr Modi asserted that the voters in the country have already decided to give a massive mandate to the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and there will once again be a stable and progressive government at the Centre.

In Odisha, Mr Modi, while addressing separate poll rallies in Mayurbhanj and Balasore parliamentary constituencies, said,“After five decades, the people of India are going to return a party for the third consecutive term with an absolute majority.

This is an attestation of the people’s faith in our good governance, forward-looking policies and delivery of public services.”

Like in all his poll rallies, the PM devoted some minutes to his government’s economic reforms that he said catapulted the country from the 11th rank to the fifth rank among the world economies. He announced that India will shortly emerge as the world’s third largest economic power.

The Prime Minister also retold the stories of his government’s success in poverty alleviation, providing free rations to the poor and gas cylinders to women and economic empowerment of female folks through schemes like the Lakhpati Didi Yojana.

Stating that he heard from his associates that Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s health has deteriorated a lot in the past year, Mr Modi said many suspect that a coterie of top officers surrounding Mr Patnaik are responsible for it.

Accusing the Odisha government of corruption, Mr Modi asserted that the people have decided to put a full stop to the present Biju Janata Dal (BJD) rule.

“The BJD has already ruled the state for 25 years. People are fed up with the present corrupt government and now they have decided to elect a BJP government.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets an elderly woman during a public meeting ahead of the seventh phase of Lok Sabha elections, in Kendrapara district, Wednesday.

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MANDATE - official order or commission to do something (ജനവിധി) 

GOVERNANCE - the action or manner of governing a state or organization (ഭരണം) 

TORE INTO - criticized or attacked forcefully (വലിച്ചു കീറുക, ശക്തിയായി, വിമര്‍ശിക്കുക) 

CORRUPT - dishonest or fraudulent (അഴിമതി നിറഞ്ഞ) 

ASSERT - state a fact or belief confidently and forcefully (ഉറപ്പിച്ചു പറയുക) 

STABLE - not likely to change or fail (സ്ഥിരമായ) 

DECADES - periods of ten years (പത്തുകൊല്ലം, ദശകം) 

CONSECUTIVE - following continuously (തുടര്ച്ചയായ, ക്രമമായ) 

ABSOLUTE MAJORITY - more than half of the total (കേവല ഭൂരിപക്ഷം) 

ATTESTATION - providing evidence or proof (സാക്ഷ്യപ്പെടുത്തല്) 

CATAPULTED - propelled or launched suddenly and forcefully (അതിവേഗം എത്തിക്കുക) 

EMERGE - come into view or existence (ഉയര്‍ന്നുവരിക) 

RETOLD - told again or differently (വീണ്ടും പറഞ്ഞു, പുനരാഖ്യാനം ചെയ്‌തു) 

POVERTY ALLEVIATION - the action of reducing or eliminating poverty (ദാരിദ്ര്യ നിര്‍മ്മാര്‍ജനം) 

ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT - the process of giving power or authority regarding economic matters (സാമ്പത്തിക ശക്തീകരണം) 

FEMALE FOLKS - women or girls (സ്ത്രീ ജനങ്ങള്) 

ASSOCIATES - colleagues or companions (സഹായികള്) 

DETERIORATE - become progressively worse (വഷളാകുക, മോശമാകുക) 

COTERIE - a small group of people with shared interests or tastes, especially one that is exclusive of other people (മിത്രഗണം, സംഘം, കൂട്ടുകെട്ട്) 

FED UP WITH - bored or frustrated with something (മടുത്തു)

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