Presenting a report card of his one year in office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said his government had “destroyed power circles” in Delhi and ended nepotism as well as the middlemen culture.
Attacking the previous UPA government, Modi said one more year to that government would have “sunk” the country and that now there were no stories of a scam involving “son-in-law or a son” of a political leader happening, in a reference to alleged scams involving Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra.
Claiming that his government has brought to an end the “loot” in the country, the Prime Minister said that he is the “pradhan santri, pradhan sevak and pradhan trustee” of the country’s resources and will not allow its loot.
“In Delhi, power circles dominated more than any power centre… Abhimanyu had to destroy eight power circles.
There were hundreds of power circles here. With your blessings, those hundreds of circles of power have been destroyed now,” Modi said at a public rally here at the birth place of Deen Dayal Upadhyay, a BJP ideologue.
Asserting that the NDA government has brought an end to nepotism and middleman culture, he said “We have succeeded in bringing to an end the business of loot, black marketing” while making a contrast between the functioning of NDA government and that of UPA.
Attacking Congress without naming it, he said that in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls, he had promised that he will not allow any “panja” (hand) to touch the nation’s treasury. Congress’ election symbol is hand.
Recalling that former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi used to say that only 15 paisa of one rupee sanctioned in Delhi reach the intended villages, Modi said that the NDA government has made arrangements that 100 paisa of the money reach intended beneficiaries and are not guzzled by tauts.
“Some people are very troubled these days. Their trouble is with the fact that ‘achche din’ has come to all people but ‘bure din’ for them. Those whose ‘bure din’ (bad days) have come, they are troubled. They are shouting. Because for 60 years, in Delhi’s political corridors, only their voice was heard and the country was run as they wished…
“I did not give guarantee of ‘achche din’ for those who looted the nation for years. We will run the country in a way that there will be more ‘bure din’ for them and their troubles will increase. Your money can’t be looted by anyone,” Modi said.
BJP has planned nearly 200 public rallies by its main leaders across to mark the first year of the NDA government.
However, Modi, who made a very pro-farmer and pro-poor pitch during his hour-long speech, did not mention the contentious land acquisition bill, on which his government is facing tough opposition even from NDA allies.
Noting that thoughts of three leaders “shaped us in the last several years – those of Mahatma Gandhi ji, Lohia ji and Deendayal ji”, the Prime Minister said he therefore picked the “Deen Dyal Dham” to share the one year achievements of his government.
Earlier, the government was run by the remote control and every day a scam or corruption case was coming out, Modi alleged and asked people if “you have heard about any scams, any nepotism, any remote control in the last year?”
“Who brought this change, this miracle that has happened, the wave of enthusiasm is rising. Had elections not happened in 2014 and had they got one more year, how much the country would have sunk deeper? What would have been the situation of the country had you (People) not taken such a big decision?
“As long as we do not decide from where we have come out, we cannot decide where we have reached. What was the situation in the country last year, when UPA was in power,” Modi asked.
With the Opposition targetting Modi government over BJP’s ‘achche din’ slogan, the Prime Minister countered it saying that his government has freed the country of bad days, bad intentions and bad deeds in the past one year.
Under attack from the Opposition for being pro-corporate and anti-poor, Modi sought to project the government as one, which is dedicated to the poor, farmer and deprived.
Putting the blame on previous governments for the poor plight of farmers, he listed a number of measures like Jan Sinchai, Soil Health Card and other measures taken by his government to provide succour to the farming community.