PM Modi will open the Deoghar Airport and the AIIMS today in Jharkhand

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Tuesday will see the announcement or inauguration of development projects worth Rs 16,835 crore, including the Rs 400 crore Deoghar airport, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Deoghar, Jharkhand.

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Deoghar, which cost Rs 1100 crore to build, will also be dedicated to the nation by Modi.

The Deoghar airport would offer direct access to Baidyanath Dham, a holy site frequented by thousands of pilgrims from all across the nation each year. Next week marks the start of Baidyanath Dham’s annual Shravani Mela fair.

According to BJP MP Nishikant Dubey, who sits in the Godda Lok Sabha seat, which includes Deoghar, Modi would also offer prayers at “Baba Dham.” In addition, PM Modi will do an 11.5-kilometer tour in the district and then deliver a jan sabha address, according to a release from the state BJP.

The chief minister of the state, Hemant Soren, is under heat for the mining scandal and the money laundering investigation against his aide, Pankaj Mishra. Tuesday’s visit by Modi, his first to the state since 2019, is perceived as a show of support for Dubey.

Over a dozen locations connected to Mishra were searched by the ED last week, and they found approximately Rs 5.32 crore in cash there.

The day before Modi’s arrival, Soren hosted a number of events at Jamtara, which is around 70 kilometres from Deoghar. He built the framework for 200 crore rupees worth of government initiatives. Irfan Ansari, a Jamtara MLA, attacked the BJP for allegedly using the ED to “scare” the CM before Soren took the podium.

Then, Soren criticised the BJP’s “double-engine” administration without specifically mentioning the saffron party (the state was ruled by BJP before the 2019 polls). The 20-year-old double-engine government in Jharkhand was overthrown for a number of reasons, he claimed.