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Major News and Events of 24 August 2017

What Happened on 24 August 2017

Strategist Shah back in action, gives BJP leaders and ministers a target of 350 seats

The Bharatiya Janata Party's strategy for the upcoming 2019 General Elections is to secure 350 seats. Startegist Shah has been addressing meetings of the party leaders to work towards achieving “Mission 350”. “Mission 350” is a plan by the BJP's chief to secure 350 Lok Sabha seats or around. As per the strategy discussed with the core committee of the BJP, the party has to nurture the former seats where it had stood second or garnered an impressive vote share without previous history of support. The target is to transform these 113 seats across the country into winnable seats in the next three years. Progressing on the BJP's outreach programme, Shah distributed the charge of at least 150 seats to BJP's ministers and senior leaders. Each minister has been alloted four seats. Ministers and senior leaders of BJP have been told to complete at least 40 trips to the State they are alloted, ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019. According to a senior BJP leader, “Ministers have been told to meet influential people in these constituencies, intellectuals, workers, farmer groups, community leaders. Avoid staying in fancy hotels and Ministers have been especially asked to be careful not to use official vehicles for any of this work”.

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu's resignation unaccepted by PM Modi

In the light of the recent events, Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu gave his resignation which was unaccepted by PM Modi. Modi has asked Prabhu to “wait”. Prabhu who was saddened by the derailment of Kalinga-Utlkal Express on August,  19th was deeply hurt with the latest accident of Kaifiyat Express. And gave his resignation taking “moral responsibility” of the two tragic train derailments in the state of Uttar Pradesh. In a series of tweets on Twitter, the railway minister announced his resignation.Prabhu wrote, “Extremely pained by unfortunate accidents, injuries to passengers and loss of precious lives. It has caused me deep anguish”, “In less than three years as Minister, I have devoted my blood and sweat for the betterment of the Railways.” Before him, Lal Bahadur Shashtri, Mamata Banerjee and Nitish Kumar had also resigned on the grounds of moral responsibility for the accidents. According to the reports of ANI,  On Wednesday, Air India chief Ashwathi Lohani was appointed as the new chairman of the Railway board after the resignation of AK Mittal following recent train accidents.

Kaifiyat Express derails in Uttar Pradesh

Barely four days after the tragic derailment of Kalinga-Utkal Express, another train bound towards Delhi, Kaifiyat Express, was derailed in Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh. The train collided with a dumper in the wee hours, which led to the derailment of nine coaches of Kaifiyat Express. 21 passengers have been injured and the Delhi-Howrah route has been affected due to the derailment. Seven trains have been canceled, five trains are diverted and around forty local train have also been diverted due to this derailment.

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