Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be honored with the Lokmanya Tilak National Award on August 1 at a function in Pune, where NCP chief Sharad Pawar has been invited as the chief guest, organizers said on Monday. PM Modi has been selected for the award, which consists of a memento and a citation, in recognition of his supreme leadership and inculcating a sense of patriotism among citizens.
Sharad Pawar has been invited as the chief guest at the event, while his nephew and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar is among the invitees, the organizers said.
“The Tilak Smarak Mandir Trust (Hind Swaraj Sangh) will confer the Lokmanya Tilak National Award on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 1, the 103rd death anniversary of Lokmanya Tilak,” the trust’s president Deepak Tilak said in a release.
It said that under the supreme leadership of the Prime Minister, India has climbed the stairs of progress under the concept of self-reliant India.
“PM Modi instilled patriotism among citizens and put India on the global map. Recognizing his perseverance and efforts and highlighting his work, the trustees of the Tilak Smarak Mandir Trust unanimously award him this award,” the release said. selected for the award.”
Other invitees include Maharashtra Governor Ramesh Bais, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar.
Notably, Ajit Pawar and eight MLAs of the NCP joined the Shiv Sena-BJP government on July 2 in a move that shocked state politics.
After Ajit Pawar took oath as Deputy Chief Minister, Sharad Pawar reminded PM Modi of his recent comments about “corruption” of NCP leaders and asked him to take action against those who are guilty.
“It seems that the Prime Minister has absolved the NCP and all those against whom he leveled allegations. I am happy today that he has inducted some of his NCP colleagues in the cabinet. This shows that the efforts made against corruption The allegations were not factual. I am grateful to him.” PM for this,” Sharad Pawar had said.
During an interaction with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) booth workers in Bhopal on 27 June, Modi said that there are allegations of scams worth about Rs 70,000 crore against the NCP, including the Maharashtra Cooperative Bank scam, irrigation scam and illegal mining scam.
In a program in 2016, PM Modi had said that Sharad Pawar had supported him in the initial days in Gujarat politics.
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