Rubbishing the Opposition’s charge about the government’s late move in evacuating Indian students from Ukraine, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, on the contrary lauded his party’ effort. He was speaking at a press conference at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi and said that the government had issued an advisory as early as February 15 for Indians in Ukraine.
“In fact, the successful evacuation of Indian nationals from war-torn Ukraine will have positive impact on Assembly elections. Over 13,000 citizens have reached India and more flights are coming in,” he told scribes adding that the government had been keeping an eye on the situation since January.
“When Modiji met the students, they thanked him and expressed happiness and also gave him good wishes to win the elections,” he stated. Shah also said he is confident that BJP will return to power in four states – Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur – and make impressive gains in Punjab.
The Home Minister briefed that till March 4, nearly 16,000 Indian nationals were repatriated. The government sent Russian-speaking teams to four nearby countries of Ukraine and also set up a control room. Due to the ongoing Russian military offensive, Ukraine’s airspace has been closed since February 24, so Indian citizens stuck in the country are being airlifted out via Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland.
The seventh and final phase of voting in Uttar Pradesh will be held on March 7. Counting of votes will be held on March 10.
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