PM Modi terms party decisions ‘pro-poor’, lauds ministers for Yemen op

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 24, 2015 10:41 IST

Calling critics of his government ‘perverted minds who have the congenital habit of criticising the BJP’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi described his government’s recent decisions as pro-poor.

Ahead of the second leg of the Budget session that is expected to witness fireworks on the issue of the land bill, the Prime Minister defended the government’s economic and social schemes, saying it wanted to bring a change in the lives of farmers and the poor.

“We are not here to relish power. Rajneeti has destroyed the country. We want to take the poor into confidence,” the PM said at a workshop for party MPs.

Modi appeared worried over the sense of indifference among party leaders about the achievements of his government. He asked MPs to connect with people without worrying over what the media wrote about them.

Modi referred to the recent rescue operation in Yemen and asked why the party did not felicitate external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and General (retd) VK Singh.

“In Yemen, there was bombardment for 24 hours. Every day, for two hours, we would get the bombing stopped and evacuate people,” the PM said, maintaining that it were poor people who were taken out of the place. Praising the efforts of General VK Singh, he said, “I believe this is the first time in the world that a government minister has stood on the battlefield like a soldier to do this work... I salute General VK Singh.”

In a nearly hour-long speech, Modi laid thrust on popularising the pro-poor initiatives of the government and sought to take the MPs into confidence over how he was trying to bring about a change in the lives of the underprivileged.

Modi referred to his ‘housing for all’ scheme, saying when he was promising a house to everyone, it was “neither for the owner of a newspaper or a TV channel nor for Mukesh Ambani” but for the poor who have been deprived of a roof. Modi asked MPs not to waste their time on those who had decided not to ‘say, listen and watch’ the good things about the NDA government.

He also asked parliamentarians to draw a parallel between the schemes of the present and the previous government to help people understand the changes that have been brought about.

Hitting out at a section of the media for not highlighting the good work of his government, Modi said, “A section of the media reported that since I was worried about the land bill, I spoke about poor at the BJP meet in Bangalore. The fact is that I dedicated this government to the poor on the very first day.”

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