Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on his maiden visit to the state capital after he took charge, drew attention to Bengaluru’s massive garbage crisis that has had the Siddaramaiah government in a bind for the last six months.
Arguing that it is “little things” like basic cleanliness and sanitation that “make a nation great”, announcing a nationwide cleanliness drive from October 2, which marks Gandhi Jayanti.
“I will make the start by taking to the street with a broom,” he told the gathering of 3,000 party workers at the HAL airport on Tuesday.
He said, “People might say that as a PM I should focus on bigger things. But I want to focus on small things because I am a small man who comes from a small family. It is small things that take the country forward.”
He sought a commitment of 100 hours per year from each citizen as part of his proposed cleanliness project. “All it takes is two hours a week. In these two hours, everybody should try and spread the message of cleanliness and sanitation,” he said adding he is “begging” people to join the movement.
Earlier, he thanked voters of Karnataka for voting the BJP to power in the centre and helping in the creation of a stable government. The prime minister also met his party colleague and Karnataka governor, V R Vala.