Source: News Bharati English25 Sep 2016 18:27:19

Kozhikode, September 25: PM Modi on Sunday addressed a rally at the birthday of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhdhya at Kozhikode in Kerala. The current BJP government's motto, "Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas" is on the same line, Modi said said.
"We want the most underprivileged to be the first to progress." For equality, those at the top need to lend a hand to those at the lower rungs, he added.  This, he said, was intimately connected to development and progress.

Quoting Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that “Muslims shouldn’t be treated as substance for votes or looked down upon but should be considered as equals” at Upadhyaya’s centenary celebrations in Kozhikode.

The Prime Minister spoke at length about secularism, balanced and inclusive growth and need for electoral reforms. At the meet, he also announced that India will ratify the Paris climate deal on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The BJP is hoping to make inroads in Kerala, where the party won a single seat in the assembly elections held earlier this year.

At least we should start brainstorming the issue, and we will see what amrit (nectar) will come out of this churning," he said. "To strengthen the roots of democracy, we will have to bring about electoral reforms, we will have to add a few new things, have to delete a few obsolete things from the electoral procedures," he said. Modi said that even members from other political parties have been asking him to bring about electoral reforms, but it would be better if changes emerged after thorough brainstorming.

Decision of India, which accounts for 4.1% of the global emission, will now bring it closer to the emission threshold of 55%. The magic figure of 55% will certainly be reached this year as 14 more countries, accounting for 12.58% of the global emission, had on September 21 committed to join the Agreement this year most probably before the beginning of the next UN conference on climate change (COP22) in Morocco in November.

The Paris Agreement calls on countries to combat climate change and to accelerate and intensify the actions and investments needed for a sustainable low carbon future, and to adapt to the increasing impacts of climate change. Besides India, the other countries who have announced to join the Paris Agreement through formal ratification this year include Austria, Australia, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Hungary, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Poland, and the Republic of Korea.