Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday emphasised that his government would work together with states as “Team India” and urged chief ministers to coordinate with the Centre for faster economic growth.
“Delhi alone will not run the country as the country will not stand on one pillar now. Combining all the states, it will stand on 30 pillars. Without Team India, the country cannot prosper,” Modi said after inaugurating the modernised and expanded IISCO steel plant here.
“The prime minister and chief ministers are one team, which will take India ahead. Nation is bigger than any party,” he averred.
Modi added that the Centre and states should walk shoulder to shoulder and project an image of Team India abroad: “Both Centre and states need to work together for the nation to prosper. India’s Constitution has given us a federal structure. Sadly Centre-state relations have been tense for a long time… this attitude is not good as it will not do anything for the benefit of the nation. So we brought in a change. We brought in cooperative federalism,” he said.
“Under the 14th Finance Commission, Centre controlled 60% of the funds. Now, we have said 62% of the funds will be controlled by the states.”
Taking a dig at the Congress-led UPA government, Modi said a year ago the world had an adverse perception of India amid several scams. “Earlier, scams were making newspaper headlines and the world was thinking our country could not progress further. But, today IMF, World Bank and rating agencies are saying it is India that is attaining a higher growth trajectory. India is set to clock a high economic growth rate,” Modi added.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who shared the dais, also emphasised on Centre-state cooperation for the country’s progress as well as for the benefit of her state.
“There will be politics, but also there should be development… unity is our strength. The Centre and the state both will work together. If India develops, so will Bengal,” Banerjee added.
Interestingly, Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress is opposing the Modi government’s land acquisition bill, alleging it is “draconian” and legitimises forcible acquisitions. Trinamool has, however, decided to support the mines Bill in Parliament.