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Modi set to deliver his sixth straight I-Day speech

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver on Thursday his sixth straight Independence Day speech and is expected to touch on a host of issues, ranging from his government s landmark decision on Jammu and Kashmir to the state of economy. This will also be his first August 15 address after coming back to power with a huge mandate. Modi has used the annual event to announce his government s showpiece programmes like Swachh Bharat , Ayushman Bharat and India s first manned space mission, and also to present a report card on its performance to highlight how the country has grown on his watch. The BJP s remarkable win in the recent general election followed by its success in getting Parliament s nod to its contentious but core agenda of revoking Jammu and Kashmir s special status under Article 370, has already set the tempo of his speech, party leaders believe. In his address to the nation last week, he had assured people of the Valley development and peace, as he sought to assuage ...

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