“I want to ask the
namdaar
of the Congress party — Congress is a party of Muslims,
apko theek lage, apko mubarak
— but tell us, is this party of Muslims only for men or does it have space for women? Does it have any space for dignity, honour and rights of Muslim women,” Mr. Modi asked at a rally in Azamgarh. He later addressed another rally in Varanasi.

Mr. Modi said the stand of the Opposition parties on the issue of Triple Talaq had exposed them. “These parties together, they are putting the lives of Muslim women in more difficulty,” said Mr. Modi. The PM promised to provide Muslim women “mukti” from Triple Talaq and said he would try to convince the other parties in the upcoming session of Parliament, while suggesting that they interact with victims of Triple Talaq and Halala.

After laying the foundation stone of the Purvanchal Expressway, Mr. Modi said “a Ganga of development would flow in east U.P.” after the completion of the project and take people’s hopes and aspirations to new heights.

The six-lane road, being built at a cost of over Rs. 23,000 crore, will pass through Barabanki, Faizabad, Ambedkarnagar, Amethi, Sultanpur, Azamgarh and Mau before ending in Ghazipur on the eastern fringes. The government plans to complete it by 2021.

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