Independence Day 2019: India will have a Chief of Defence Staff: PM Modi in I-Day speech

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is delivering his sixth Independence Day address from the ramparts of the Red Fort. This is his first Independence Day speech after the he led the NDA to a massive victory in the Lok Sabha elections to retain power for a second consecutive term.

His speech on Thursday will see him equal former BJP Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee’s record of six I-Day speeches. Modi covered a host of issues, ranging from his government’s landmark decision on Jammu and Kashmir to the state of economy.

Modi had earlier used the I-Day address to announce his government’s showpiece programmes like ‘Swachh Bharat’, ‘Ayushman Bharat’ and India’s first manned space mission and present a report card on its performance to highlight how the country has grown under his watch. Read More

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