Narendra Modi addresses rallies in Bihar, asserts the BJP’s focus on good governance and development

Watch : Shri Narendra Modi addressing a Public Meeting in Madhepura, Bihar

Addressing a large crowd of supporters at the ‘Bharat Vijay rallies’ in Madhepura, Madhubani and Darbhanga, in Bihar, on the afternoon of 24th April, Shri Narendra Modi reinforced the BJP’s emphasis on adapting good governance and ensuring the development of the Nation and its people. Shri Modi also stated how the country had been ruined under the Congress’ rule and appealed to the people to support the NDA alliance for a strong and stable government at the Centre.

From the Congress’ apathy towards working for the people to its divisive and destructive politics that had ruined the Nation, Shri Modi stated how the country had witnessed a never-before-seen-low under the current Central government. From their indifference to farmer suicides to their unconcern for the unemployed youth, Shri Modi cited various aspects of national concern which were never addressed by the Congress.

Shri Modi further emphasized on the BJP’s focus of developing policies for peoples’ welfare and spoke of the initiative to link rivers and provide a feasible Minimum Support Price for the farmers, which could improve their economic condition.

Shri Modi conveyed apologies for reaching the rally venue late, and spoke of how the delay was caused owing to the magnanimity of the people of Varanasi – the city he had visited in the morning to file his nomination papers.

Appreciating the impressive turnout in the past phases of the Polls, Shri Modi spoke of how the voting till now had affirmed the ousted of the Congress, and urged those who were yet to vote to take the lead and vote towards forming a strong and stable government at the Centre. Affirming the wipe out of the Congress and its allies in the 2014 Elections, Shri Modi urged the people, especially the youth, to vote for the NDA alliance and bring the change the Nation deserves.

Watch : Shri Narendra Modi addressing a massive rally in Darbhanga, Bihar

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In Pictures: Massive Crowd in support of Shri Narendra Modi as he files his nomination papers in Varanasi

On the afternoon of 24th April 2014, Shri Narendra Modi filed his nomination papers in Varanasi.  Lakhs of supporters gathered to welcome him as he travelled across the streets of the city and cheered him enthusiastically. Here are a few glimpses:

In Pictures: Massive Crowd in support of Shri Narendra Modi











Shri Modi garlands the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel







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Narendra Modi addresses rally in Vadodara, refutes the Congress’ blatant lies with proven figures of Gujarat’s development

On the evening of 24th April, Shri Narendra Modi addressed a massive rally at Vadodara in Gujarat, and made a strong pitch to the people to support the BJP’s focus on good governance and development. Exposing the Congress’ propaganda in maligning the BJP’s image and good work done in Gujarat, in the past decade, Shri Modi appealed to the people to end their falsity by voting them out and finish their misrule.

Bringing forth the Congress’ refusal to be accountable for their work, Shri Modi spoke of how the UPA had never responded to the allegations of rampant corruption and misgovernance under their government. He stated how the BJP had given an account of their work in Gujarat, in past Elections, and this, Shri Modi said, was a key factor in enabling the BJP’s victory.

The Congress’ blatant lies and propaganda in defaming the BJP government’s development work in Gujarat was exposed by Shri Modi, when he highlighted the State’s inspiring improvement on various indexes for human development. Shri Modi cited reports and figures from reputed organizations and retaliated to the Congress’ allegations of rampant malnutrition in the State and their bogus portrayal of the State’s debt scenario. “You are spreading lies about malnutrition in Gujarat.CAG report has praised Guj’s efforts to tackle malnutrition. If there is a state that has taken many initiatives to tackle malnutrition it is Gujarat. Madam please stop seeking votes from hungry children,” said Shri Modi. Gujarat’s radical success story was further highlighted by Shri Modi when he quoted figures of how the State had reduced the drop-out ratio drastically in a span of 10 years.

Criticizing the Congress for framing baseless indexes for poverty, Shri Modi spoke of how the Central government’s unfounded figures had put many people in the country under the BPL category, and stated how the Gujarat government had allotted funds towards poverty alleviation and enabled many families to come out of the BPL category.

Shri Modi drew the crowd’s attention to the misleading claims and false promises of the Congress by citing how most of the promises in their recent Manifesto were merely repeats from past Manifestos. Be it in providing employment to the youth or removing poverty, the Congress had failed miserably in tackling the issues of national concern, said Shri Modi. He also condemned the Congress’ approach of looking down upon the poor, and stated how his childhood days led in poverty had reinforced his commitment to serve the poor.

Shri Modi affirmed that the voter turnout till now has not only ensured the rejection of the Congress but has also taken a proactive step in forming a strong and stable government at the Centre. He acknowledged the support shown by the people of Vadodara and affirmed that this tsunami of support for the BJP, will wash away the Congress/UPA and its allies.

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Narendra Modi files his nomination from Varanasi, expresses gratitude at being chosen to serve the holy city

On the afternoon of 24th April, NDA’s Prime Ministerial candidate Shri Narendra Modi filed his nomination papers from the Varanasi Lok Sabha Constituency in Uttar Pradesh.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Modi acknowledged and appreciated the support shown by the people of Varanasi. Expressing gratitude, Shri Modi conveyed reverence for Mother Ganges and the holy city of Varanasi, and said, I am grateful to the people of Kashi for the affection. I bow to this land and the culture. I don’t think anyone has sent me here nor have I come here. Like a child going to his Mother, I have come here to Ganga.”


Recalling his early days, Shri Modi spoke of how he was born in Vadnagar, served in the city of Vadodara as an organisation worker, and had now come to Varanasi to serve the spiritual land. “I want to serve this land. I want to serve the weavers here. May Kashi emerge as the spiritual capital,” said Shri Modi, even as he shared his vision to empower the Bunkar community in the region by introducing technology upgradations and branding.

Before filing his nomination papers, Shri Modi paid tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar and Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, by garlanding their statues at different places. Shri Modi also held a roadshow, which witnessed the presence of a massive crowd of BJP supporters and karyakartas.

Senior BJP leaders were present during the occasion.

Narendra Modi files his nomination from Varanasi






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We will bring back black money and return them to the honest tax payers

भाजपा के पीएम पद के उम्मीदवार नरेंद्र मोदी ने हर मुद्दे, हर पहलू पर ‘हिन्दुस्तान’ के साथ साझा किए अपने विचार-

‘काला धन वापस लाना मेरी व्यक्तिगत प्रतिबद्धता है (सत्ता में आने पर) हम एक टास्क फोर्स का गठन करेंगे। काला धन वापस लाकर उसका आंशिक हिस्सा ईमानदार करदाताओं, खासकर वेतनभोगियों को देंगे।’ भाजपा के प्रधानमंत्री पद के उम्मीदवार नरेंद्र मोदी ने मंगलवार को ई-मेल पर ‘हिन्दुस्तान’ के सवालों के जवाब में यह घोषणा की।

‘आंतरिक सुरक्षा के मुद्दे पर आपकी क्या प्राथमिकता होगी?’ -‘हिन्दुस्तान’ ने पूछा। इस पर मोदी ने कहा- ‘आतंकवाद और माओवाद के खिलाफ नरम रवैया अख्तियार करने का समय अब नहीं रहा। इनको करारा जवाब देने के लिए दरअसल कानूनी रूप से मजबूत आतंकवाद विरोधी ढांचा तैयार करना पड़ेगा। मैं समझता हूं कि केंद्र एवं राज्य सरकारों को कंधे से कंधा मिलाकर कदम उठाना चाहिए।’

मोदी से अगला सवाल था- ‘आपकी सरकार को लेकर देशभर में जो इतनी ज्यादा उम्मीदें बांधी जा रही हैं, उससे आपको कभी डर नहीं लगता?’ जवाब मिला- ‘मुझे लगता है कि सभी नागरिकों को सपने संजोने का हक है, आशावादी होने का अधिकार है। उम्मीदें बांधने की इजाजत होनी चाहिए, इसमें कुछ बुरा नहीं है। इन सभी बातों का हमें पूरी तरह ध्यान है और उसी के अनुसार कठिन से कठिन परिश्रम करने की मानसिक तैयारी हम कर चुके हैं।

‘पड़ोसी देशों, खासकर चीन और पाकिस्तान से रिश्ते सुधारने के लिए क्या आपकी कोई तत्काल योजना है?’ -सीमा पर पसरे तनाव पर ‘हिन्दुस्तान’ का प्रश्न। उत्तर मिला- ‘देश का हित सर्वोपरि रखा जाना चाहिए। हम न किसी को आंख दिखाना चाहते हैं और न ही चाहते हैं कि कोई हमें आंख दिखाए। हम चाहते हैं आंख से आंख मिलाकर बात करें।

जरा सोचिए, जब तक कोई भी पड़ोसी देश हमारे देश के खिलाफ आतंकवाद को बढ़ावा देगा तब तक उसके साथ अच्छे रिश्ते बनाना तो मुश्किल होगा ही न।’ गठबंधन राजनीति के खट्टे-मीठे अनुभवों पर सवाल- ‘साझा सरकार की एक धारणा बन गई है कि इसका प्रधानमंत्री मजबूर प्रधानमंत्री होता है। इस धारणा को कैसे बदलेंगे?’ मोदी का मत है- ‘गठबंधन धर्म क्या है एवं उसे कैसे निभाया जाता है, इसका अटल जी ने सर्वश्रेष्ठ उदाहरण दिया। हम उसी भावना के साथ आगे बढ़ेंगे। हमारा मानना है कि यदि नीतियां स्पष्ट हों एवं नीयत साफ हो तो अच्छे परिणाम मिल सकते हैं। यह भी महत्वपूर्ण है कि साथियों के प्रति अविश्वास नहीं होना चाहिए।’

‘क्या आप मानते हैं कि सुप्रीम कोर्ट से आपको जो क्लीनचिट मिली है वह पर्याप्त है? अल्पसंख्यकों का दिल जीतने के लिए क्या इससे आगे कुछ करने की जरूरत नहीं है?’ -गुजरात दंगों पर लंबे समय से जारी विवाद से जुड़े इस सवाल पर उनका जवाब था- ‘जो लोग अपने देश की कानून व्यवस्था, न्याय व्यवस्था का सम्मान करते हैं एवं उसमें विश्वास रखते हैं, उनके लिए तो मुझे क्लीनचिट मिलना पर्याप्त है। परन्तु जिन लोगों के जीवन का एकमात्र उद्देश्य मोदी को बदनाम करना, उसे नीचा दिखाना रह गया है, उन्हें तो चाहे मुझे दुनिया की हर कोर्ट, हर संस्था से क्लीनचिट मिले, संतोष नहीं ही होगा।’

व्यक्ति केंद्रित राजनीति पर ‘हिन्दुस्तान’ ने प्रश्न किया- ‘पहली बार प्रचार पार्टी से हटाकर व्यक्ति केंद्रित किया है, अबकी बार मोदी सरकार। इससे लोकतंत्र मजबूत होगा या कार्यकर्ताओं की पार्टी को एक व्यक्ति के हवाले से जाना जाएगा?’ भाजपा दिग्गज ने स्पष्ट किया- ‘इस बार का चुनाव पार्टी या व्यक्ति नहीं लड़ रहा, देश की जनता लड़ रही है। देश की जनता ने इस बार भाजपा सरकार बनाने का मन बना लिया है। पार्टी ने मुझे नेतृत्व का अवसर प्रदान किया है। मैं अपनी पूरी शक्ति एवं क्षमता लगाकर लोगों की आशाओं को पूरा करने का प्रयास कर रहा हूं।’

Courtesy – Live Hindustan

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1.25 million Indians are my brothers..will never discriminate among anyone: Shri Modi

‘हो सकता है 100 कदम चलना हो, तीन चल पाऊं, पांच चल पाऊं, सात चल पाऊं, वो अलग विषय है। मैं एक ही भाषा समझता हूं- ये मेरे भारतवासी हैं। मेरे भाई हैं। आपको जिस कलर से देखना है, आपकी मर्जी। कल चुनाव हार जाऊं तो हार जाऊं… मुझे कोई प्रॉब्लम नहीं है। लेकिन देश को तबाह कर दिया इस भाषा ने। बर्बाद कर दिया है आप लोगों की सोच ने।’

मोदी ने एबीपी न्यूज के ‘घोषणापत्र’ कार्यक्रम में यह टिप्पणी की। उनसे पूछा गया था कि क्या उन्होंने मुस्लिमों से संपर्क करने की कोशिश की है।

नई दिल्ली. भारतीय जनता पार्टी के प्रधानमंत्री पद के प्रत्याशी नरेंद्र मोदी ने कहा है कि ‘सभी सवा सौ करोड़ भारतवासी मेरे भाई हैं। आप चाहे नोच डालो, मैं भेदभाव नहीं करूंगा। मुझे देश की जिम्मेदारी मिली है तो सवा सौ करोड़ तक पहुंचने की कोशिश करता हूं।’ प्रस्तुत है मोदी के एबीपी न्यूज को दिए इंटरव्यू के प्रमुख अंश:

॥ क्या मुसलमान आप से डरते हैं?

2002 का चुनाव जीतने के बाद मणिनगर में मैं शाम को ही मेरे मतदाताओं का धन्यवाद करने गया था। मैंने कहा था कि ये सरकार उनकी है जिन्होंने वोट दिया है। ये सरकार उनकी भी है जिन्होंने वोट विरोध में दिया है। ये सरकार उनकी भी है जो वोट देने गए नहीं हैं। मेरी सरकार का मंत्र है अभयं, अभयं, अभयं।

॥ प्रधानमंत्री बनते हैं तो आप जो करेंगे उस पर भी संघ की छाप होगी क्या?

सरकार चलती है संविधान के तहत। सरकार का एक ही रिलीजन होता है, इंडिया फर्स्ट। सरकार का एक ही धर्मग्रंथ होता है संविधान। सरकार की एक ही कार्यशैली होती है, सबका साथ, सबका विकास।

॥ राहुल कह रहे हैं कि अगर मोदी की सरकार बने तो वह अमीरों की सरकार होगी?

मेरे ट्रैक रिकॉर्ड के आधार पर आपको जज करना चाहिए। हमने तपती गर्मी में गुजरात में किसानों, गरीबों के लिए काम किए। ये झूठ के गुब्बारे बंद होने चाहिए। टॉफी बेचने वालों को देश स्वीकार नहीं करेगा।

॥ आपकी सरकार अंबानी और अदाणी की होगी? 

ये मीडिया का प्रश्न नहीं है। राजनीतिक विरोधियों की चलाई हुई कथा को लेकर घूम रहे हैं। हमने गुजरात में पहली बार जमीन देने के नॉर्म तय किए। तीन साल पहले सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने कहा कि जमीन के विषय में गुजरात की नीति बाकी राज्यों को फॉलो करनी चाहिए। आपको राहुल गांधी की बात अच्छी लगती है तो आपको मुबारक।

॥ आपने रॉबर्ट वाड्रा को जीजाजी कहा?

पहचान तो करनी पड़ेगी। जो घटना घटी है… एक परिवार का संबंध है। संबंध इसी शब्दों में है। रिश्ते के लिए यही शब्द प्रयोग होता है।

॥ रॉबर्ट वाड्रा पर कार्रवाई होगी या नहीं?

बहुत ही गंदा सवाल है। कानून से परे कोई नहीं है। नरेंद्र मोदी पर कोई इल्जाम हो और मोदी प्रधानमंत्री बन गए तो क्या केस बंद हो जाएगा। ऐसा नहीं हो सकता।

॥ राज ठाकरे सपोर्ट कर रहे हैं? 

सरकार चलाने के लिए ऐसे सपोर्ट की जरूरत नहीं पड़ेगी। लेकिन देश चलाने के लिए सबके सपोर्ट की जरूरत होगी। अमेठी से राहुल गांधी जीतकर आते हैं तो उनका भी सहयोग लेंगे।

गरीबी को मुझसे बेहतर कोई नहीं समझता

‘मैं चाय बेचकर बड़ा हुआ हूं। मेरी मां ने पड़ोसियों के बर्तन साफ किए हैं। मैंने गरीबी का सामना किया है। मैं गरीबों की परेशानियों को समझता हूं। मैं खुद अंबेडकर का समर्थक रहा हूं। कोई भी आपकी समस्याओं को मुझसे बेहतर नहीं समझ सकता।’

Courtesy:- Dainik Bhaskar

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Varanasi: A glorious past, an even glorious future for the ancient city that is India’s pride

Dear Friends,

Today I embark on a unique and memorable journey from the land of Somnath to the city of Lord Vishwanath. Later today I will be filing my nomination papers from Varanasi as the BJP candidate.  I would like to thank the leadership of the Party for giving me this opportunity to contest elections from this city that has such a rich history and culture. I bow to the Party Karyakartas who have been working tirelessly on the ground from the time my nomination was announced and the Karyakartas and well-wishers from all over India who have supported me in the last few months.

It was said about Varanasi:

“Varanasi is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together.”(Mark Twain) 

Varanasi is the cradle of India’s glorious culture, a confluence of tradition, history, culture and harmony. This is the blessed land of the Sankat Mochan temple. The spiritual power of this land is exceptional. It drew people from all over the world, who came to this land in search of peace and Moksha. It was in Sarnath, that Gautama Buddha delivered his first sermon after attaining Enlightenment. Varanasi is the birthplace of the venerable Sant Ravidas. It was in Benaras that Mahatma Kabir was born, lived and shared his wisdom. Mirza Ghalib described Benaras as ‘Kaba-E-Hindustan’ and ‘Chirag-E-Dair’ or the light of the world.  When Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya had to select a place to set up a centre of learning, it was not a surprise that he chose Benaras. No mention of Varanasi is complete without remembering Ustad Bismillah Khan, arguably the greatest symbol of Ganga-Jamuni Tehzeeb. Ustad Bismillah Khan Sahab’s love for Varanasi is legendary. I was very happy when Ustad Bismillah Khan was conferred the Bharat Ratna by Atal ji in 2001.

Truly, there is something special about Varanasi and its people. इस देवभूमि का हर निवासी अपने अन्दर कहीं कहीं देवत्व लिए हुए है.

With the blessings of Lord Vishwanath and inspired by the legacy of a glorious past, we set out to create a magnificent future for Varanasi.

We envision Varanasi as a World Heritage Site that is able to draw both devotees and those who wish to understand and absorb India’s culture. This means creating state-of-the-art tourist and infrastructure facilities for Varanasi. And it is my firm belief that once we are able to give the required impetus to tourism, it will not only bring more tourists but also enhance the livelihood of the poorest of the poor. More tourists means more income for those associated with temples, those who are living on the Ghats, those who ride the ferries on the Ganga…the entire town and surrounding areas will receive a much needed facelift.

Ganga is the lifeline of Varanasi and is at the core of our identity- She is our Mother. Unfortunately, governments have not been able to devote the attention that should have been given to Ganga. The condition of the Ganga in several parts of UP is pitiable. We can’t let this go on anymore! Need of the hour is to work towards cleaning the Ganga and restoring it to its previous glory. In 1986 the Government of the day brought the Ganga Action Plan but it merely remained a plan, the action was missing. Budgets were allocated but the money was never used for the intended purpose. The condition of the Varuna too is similar. Now is the time for urgent action to solve this anomaly!

And when I talk about my commitment to clean the Ganga, it is not a mere promise. When I took over as CM in 2001 the condition of Sabarmati was similar. It was better known for hosting circuses and children playing cricket. Switch to 2014 and things are very different! We have brought water from the Narmada and now water flows through the Sabarmati. A world class Sabarmati River Front was created, which has emerged as a popular recreation and cultural spot in Ahmedabad. With the blessings of Baba Bholenath, this is what we intend to replicate in Varanasi.

It is not only the Ganga that has become the victim of sheer negligence. We are firm in our commitment to address the issues of cleanliness in Varanasi so that we can give the citizens of Varanasi a clean and green city. We will focus on solid waste management right from collecting the waste to treating it. Similarly, the poor waste disposal practices over the years have not served the people of Varanasi well. We will leave no stone unturned to ensure that such occurrences are history within a very short period of time. Within a fixed timeframe, the problems of solid waste management, sewer and chemical waste will be successfully mitigated.

The weavers of Varanasi are an integral part of the city’s history, present and future. Unfortunately, due to apathy of the governments in Delhi and Lucknow their work has suffered. It is my firm resolve to infuse this sector with latest technology and qualitative value addition so that the weavers of Varanasi become our pride at the world level. From ensuring that they get quality raw material to better marketing of their products, it is my resolve to ensure that they stand on their own feet with pride and their future generations have a bright future. 

A few days ago something very disturbing came to my light. In a village near Varanasi a high voltage line fell due to which a few people including women were injured. I was surprised and saddened to know that the injured did not receive timely medical help and the authorities showed no concern. This is a symptom of a larger decay across UP and this is the decay that we want to end.

Friends, today as I go to Varanasi, I seek your support and blessings. Bless me so that I can restore this glorious city to its prime and so that I can bring a sea of change in the lives of people of Varanasi and Poorvanchal so that this region once again becomes the focal point of our nation’s development and our proud culture.


Narendra Modi

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Ready to work with Congress; on FDI, policy continuity top priority: Narendra Modi

In his interview to The Economic Times, Shri Narendra Modi spoke on FDI policy and retail FDI, apart from sharing his views on protecting investor sentiment and maintaining policy continuity.

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If you win, you will inherit a sickly economy. A new government will have short-term pressures to lift investor mood and medium-term pressure to lift actual investment. What are your plans for these most critical areas?

I agree that the new government will inherit an economy in a very bad shape. I do not know whether it was by design that the UPA government has left the economy in a shape that is worse than ever before.

Probably, it is the Congress’ way of making it difficult for successor governments to work. The NDA government had demitted office in 2004 leaving the GDP growth rate in excess of 8.5%. India was poised to attain double digit growth rate and the economy looked in great shape with inflation being under control. UPA has mismanaged the economy.

When UPA is going out of power, the GDP growth rate has gone down to 4.5%, inflation is at an all-time high and the mood is of pessimism.

As far as perception-related issues are concerned, thankfully we have our track record to fall back upon. Therefore, it would be much easier to handle perception-related issues. We will have to immediately get on the job and come out of the present state of policy paralysis and lack of decision-making.

We are very clear that we want a government that does not shy away from taking decisions. We would like a stable policy framework and whatever incentives and tax structures are there should be made known to investors upfront. There should be credibility, clarity and continuity in both policy formulation and its implementation.

You are perceived to be investor-friendly. However, your party is opposed to big reforms such as FDI in multi-brand retail. Don’t you think this will depress foreign investor sentiments? What happens to companies like Tesco, whose JV with the Tatas has already been approved by the Centre?

While we have expressed our reservations on FDI in multi-brand retail, our party manifesto is very clear that we welcome FDI in all sectors. Wherever we think that FDI can help in generating jobs for the youth and growth in employment, we will encourage the same. As regards individual cases, any decision will depend upon the merits of the case as revealed by its details.

However, we are equally committed to take care of investor sentiments and to ensure that we do not send any message of uncertainty and lack of continuity in decision-making process which is likely to adversely impact the confidence of investors in general and foreign investors in particular.

You have said you don’t believe in 100 days performance targets. But first perceptions are important. How do you plan to make your first perception?

I don’t think with my own track record of more than 12 years as the chief minister of a strong and vibrant state and the track record of the six years of NDA rule, I am under much of a pressure of perception management.

Central policy has many stakeholders and vested interests. What are your plans to tackle this, do you have any fundamental reform in mind? You have said there has to be a Team India, one office can’t run the country — how will you create that Team India?

I think the Team India is already there. As a chief minister, I have experienced first hand the problems that the state governments face vis-a-vis the Centre. I fully understand the expectations of the state governments. Thus, I am better placed to work closely with the chief ministers.

I also believe in delegation, decentralisation and empowerment. We should work with the principle that a work that can be done at a lower level should never be escalated to a higher level.

On land issues, the Centre has much less freedom — will you make a special effort to clear up the land for industry? If so, how?

As of now, it is the states who are taking the lead in implementation of projects and bringing about growth and development. The Centre in the last 10 years has only ended up delaying projects on one or the other pretext. Apart from an all-pervasive policy paralysis coupled with a lack of decision-making ability, it has also been large-scale corruption in the guise of environment protection which has been responsible for project delays. If the Centre can become a facilitator, then a healthy competition between the states is going to take care of issues related to project implementation.

Courtesy: The Economic Times

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We want to run the government to empower the people of this country: Narendra Modi

नरेंद्र मोदी बीजेपी के नेतृत्व में एनडीए को बहुमत मिलने को लेकर आत्मविश्वास से भरे नजर आ रहे हैं। मोदी का कहना है कि कांग्रेस का सफाया होना ‘लगभग तय’ है। हालांकि, चुनाव, नीतियों और गवर्नेंस के बारे में इकनॉमिक टाइम्स से बातचीत में मोदी ने कहा कि अभी जो जंग चल रही है, वह चुनाव के बाद बीजेपी और कांग्रेस के बीच सहयोग के आड़े नहीं आएगी। बीजेपी के पीएम कैंडिडेट ने ईटी की ओर से ईमेल के जरिए भेजे गए तमाम सवालों के जवाब दिए और इस दौरान उन्होंने साफ तौर पर कहा कि ‘इन्वेस्टर सेंटिमेंट’ की रक्षा करना उनकी टॉप प्रायॉरिटी है। उन्होंने यहां तक अगर रोजगार पैदा होंगे तो मल्टि-ब्रैंड रीटेल में भी एफडीआई का स्वागत है। उन्होंने प्रधानमंत्री मनमोहन सिंह की तारीफ भी की और कहा कि पीएम के रूप में उनके नॉन-परफॉर्मेंस की वजह ‘अधिकार और स्वतंत्रता’ की कमी थी। साथ ही उन्होंने यह भी कहा कि अगर वह सरकार में आए तो इकनॉमिक पॉलिसी की निरंतरता जारी रखेंगे।चुनाव में जीत का भरोसा जताते हुए मोदी ने कहा, ‘कांग्रेस की हार तो तय है ही, वह अब तक की सबसे कम सीटों पर सिमटने जा रही है। मुझे आश्चर्य नहीं होगा अगर कांग्रेस किसी भी राज्य में 10 सीटें भी न जीत पाए। यह लगभग तय है कि राष्ट्रीय स्तर पर वह 100 के आंकड़े तक नहीं पहुंचेगी। बीजेपी और एनडीए, दोनों ही अब तक का अपना सर्वश्रेष्ठ करने जा रहे हैं। एनडीए के प्री-पोल अलायंस को साफ बहुमत मिलना निश्चित है।’

इकॉनमी में सुधार पहली प्राथमिकता 

मोदी ने कहा कि इसमें कोई शक नहीं कि नई सरकार के सामने इकॉनमी की बुरी हालत से निपटने की चुनौती होगी। उन्होंने कहा कि उन्हें पता नहीं कि क्या यूपीए सरकार ने जान-बूझकर इकॉनमी को ऐसे हालत में छोड़ा है। हो सकता है कि यह कांग्रेस का तरीका हो कि आने वाली सरकार के लिए हालात मुश्किल करके जाएं।

कांग्रेस के साथ काम करने को तैयार

मोदी ने चुनाव के बाद कांग्रेस के साथ सहयोग का संकेत भी दिया। उन्होंने कहा, ‘मच्योर नेता मिलकर काम करने की अहमियत समझते हैं।’ मोदी ने कहा कि चुनाव के दौरान तो हमले तेज होते ही हैं। हमने यूपीए के 10 साल के दौरान फूड सिक्यॉरिटी बिल, भूमि अधिग्रहण बिल, लोकपाल बिल जैसे कई मुद्दों पर सरकार का साथ दिया। हमारे रिश्ते इतने भी नहीं खराब हुए हैं।

अच्छे वित्त मंत्री थे मनमोहन

मोदी ने ईटी से कहा, ‘मनमोहन सिंह ने नरसिंह राव सरकार में फाइनैंस मिनिस्टर के रूप में जो काम किए, उनके लिए मैं उन्हें निश्चित तौर पर श्रेय दूंगा। अगर उन्हें अधिकार और काम करने की स्वतंत्रता दी गई होती तो वह प्रधानमंत्री के रूप में भी अच्छा काम कर सकते थे। इसमें कोई संदेह नहीं है कि एक व्यक्ति के रूप में मैं उनका सम्मान करता हूं।’

एफडीआई पर सारे विकल्प खुले

मोदी ने कहा कि हमने मल्टि-ब्रैंड रीटेल में एफडीआई को लेकर आपत्ति जताई है, लेकिन हमारे मैनिफेस्टो में साफ तौर पर कहा गया है कि हम सभी सेक्टर्स में एफडीआई का स्वागत करेंगे। जहां भी हमें लगेगा कि एफडीआई से युवाओं के लिए रोजगार पैदा होगा, वहां हम इसे बढ़ावा देंगे।

इन्वेस्टर सेंटिमेंट सबसे अहम

मोदी ने कहा कि अगर वह सरकार में आए तो यह सुनिश्चित करेंगे कि निर्णय करने के मोर्चे पर निरंतरता रहे और ऐसा कोई मेसेज न दिया जाए जिससे फॉरेन इन्वेस्टर्स के सेंटिमेंट पर ‘बुरा असर’ पड़े। मोदी ने कहा, ‘हम इन्वेस्टर सेंटिमेंट्स का ध्यान रखने के लिए प्रतिबद्ध हैं। हम यह सुनिश्चित करेंगे कि ऐसा कोई मेसेज न जाए जिससे लगे कि अनिश्चितता और फैसले लेने की प्रक्रिया प्रॉसेस में निरंतरता की कमी है, जिनसे फॉरेन इन्वेस्टर्स सहित सभी निवेशकों के भरोसे पर बुरा असर पड़ता हो।’ इन्वेस्टर सेंटिमेंट पर मोदी की यह टिप्पणी अहम है क्योंकि ‘पॉलिसी में निरंतरता’ पर उनके जोर से लगता है कि एफडीआई और टैक्सेशन से जुड़े मुद्दों को वह ज्यादा प्राथमिकता देंगे।

मोदी से यह भी पूछा गया कि उनकी सरकार का आकार और रूप कैसा होगा और क्या वित्त मंत्री के लिए उनके मन में कोई नाम है लेकिन बीजेपी के पीएम कैंडिडेट इन यह कहकर इन सवालों को टाल गए कि इनके जवाब के लिए 16 मई का इंतजार करना होगा।

Courtesy: Navbharat Times

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Development of India is our only priority: Narendra Modi

Shri Narendra Modi spoke of India’s development being the only priority for the BJP, and shared his vision for peaceful and progressive international relations, in his recent interview to Hindustan Times.

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Development of India is our priority

We are a large nation and so it would be very unfair to call any priority as first, second or third. The Development of India is our only priority, and that will begin by ending the trust deficit that has crept in since the last decade.

Employment creation is a major focus area for us. We have a very talented, but unemployed, pool of youngsters. We want to change that. We need both a skills revolution and a manufacturing revolution. Just this week you would have read how even the American president announced measures to invest in skills development in their economy. Some people say that the next international competition is going to be a jobs war. China has understood this and it is better we also understand it sooner rather than later.

We must look at opening up our economy so that every possible opportunity is tapped into to create jobs in India for our youth. All of this will happen when you have a strong government that is capable of taking strong decisions. The mantra is that of skill, scale and speed. At the same time, we need a government that is going to walk the extra mile to bring a definite change in the lives of the farmers. The suffering of the farmers and neglect of the agriculture sector has been one of the biggest failures of the UPA.

The corrupt will be punished

I have never believed in being vindictive nor will I be vindictive against any person, party or organisation. For nearly a decade, vested interests have hounded me with a vengeful agenda. I know what that feels like. It is not in my political culture to indulge in such a vindictive brand of politics. There are a lot better things to do like tackling the problems India faces. As far as corruption goes, we have a judicial system that ensures justice is done. The corrupt and criminal elements in every party must be punished within a year, for which we will create special courts. In this, no party will be excluded.

Peaceful and progressive international relations

We stand for engaging with the global community to work together for achieving a peaceful world. At the same time, we are committed to safeguarding India’s interests. Vested interests in some sections of foreign media have always raised fears, something which we had also witnessed when Vajpayee ji became prime minister but you have seen how NDA proved them wrong. We will continue Vajpayeeji’s foreign policy legacy and work in the direction he showed us a decade back. I would urge you to not get carried away by motivated propaganda by certain vested interests in some sections of foreign media. As a responsible Indian newspaper, it is important that you make the distinction between propaganda of a few in foreign media and the long history of engagement we have had both at the Center and state levels with many foreign governments over the years. There are some people globally who cannot reconcile themselves to the possibility of a strong and resurgent India.

The BJP is a dynamic party

The BJP has moulded me and shaped me over the decades. I grew upholding the hand of many senior stalwarts. I am what I am today because of the BJP. The party has been built brick by brick by the sweat and hard work of the millions of BJP workers across India. We are not a dynastic party but we are a dynamic party. We are not controlled by one single family. It is not for me as an individual to change it, it is the workers who will continue to take the party forward in the years to come.

Courtesy: Hindustan Times

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