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Modi visit: Security beefed up at Planning Comm office


New Delhi, June 18: Planning Commission office on Tuesday became a fortress ahead of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's visit to discuss the state plan with Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia.

Sources said Modi rejected ahluwalia's claims on his state's social sector growth and said that it contributes most to India's GDP growth. Modi also countered Ahluwalia's claims that Gujarat did not implement the central schemes properly.

Delhi Police took over the security of Yojana Bhawan, which houses the Planning Commission, and sealed all entry and exit points. A heavy police force was deployed in and around the premises.

Even accredited media persons were denied entry to cover Modi's visit to the Planning Commission.

"Only still photographers will be allowed around 3.15 PM. A press briefing will be organised after the completion of the meeting for the video and PIB accredited journalists," an official spokesperson told over the phone.

Modi's visit assumes significance as he has been anointed as the chairman of BJP's election campaign committee for the 2014 general elections.


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