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Jharkhand can play a vital role in India's progress: PM

HT Correspondent and Agencies, PTI  Ranchi, August 21, 2014
First Published: 14:57 IST(21/8/2014) | Last Updated: 12:02 IST(11/9/2014)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday asked the people of Jharkhand, which goes to polls later this year, to elect a government with a clear majority saying he has been able to take quick decisions as he does not have to face the compulsions of coalition politics.

Modi was addressing a gathering in state capital Ranchi after inaugurating the 765 KV Ranchi-Dharmjaygarh-Sipat Power Grid Corp of India Ltd (PGCIL) transmission line and Indian Oil Corporation's Jasidih storage terminal.

He also laid the foundation stone for a 2,000 MW power plant of the National Thermal Power Corp (NTPC) in North Karanpura. He also inaugurated four other projects or laid foundation stones.

Modi told the public meeting Jharkhand has the potential to become developed many times more than Gujarat but had not lived up to expectations because of the fractured mandate given by the people in assembly elections.

"We (NDA) are taking decisions so quickly one after another because you have chosen a government with a clear majority. I would not have been able to do so without a majority," Modi said, adding that compulsions of coalition politics would have hobbled him.

"The age of Jharkhand is now 13-14 years. It is a crucial time in everyone's life... I would urge you elect a strong government with full majority in elections so that Jharkhand can stand proudly in the country," he said.

"I couldn't have taken bold steps one after the other if I did not have a clear mandate."

"A stable government can perform."

Modi expressed unhappiness over a power plant project in North Karanpura which has been pending for 15 years.

"Former prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee laid the foundation stone of the project but no work took place in the last 10 years," he said, referring to the decade of Congress rule.

"I will complete the project."

"Vajpayeeji created Jharkhand so that it can play a vital role in the development of the country. Jharkhand is a naturally rich state and has the potential to become a developed state."

Modi said India cannot progress by ignoring its states and sought their cooperation in his mission.

He said people of the entire eastern region are reeling under poverty and are eager to see the light of development.

The PM said Jharkhand's current situation is not acceptable and added that the Centre and the state must work in tandem to put it back on the path of development.

He said while the new transmission PGCIL line and the IOC terminal will help the eastern region to grow, the Centre also has plans to set up a Jamshedpur-Gunpur-Haldia gas pipeline in the near future to provide LPG gas to the consumers.

"Why mothers and sisters should wait for LPG cylinders in the modern age," he added.

Modi announced that an IIIT and more engineering colleges will come up soon in Jharkhand.

Modi stressed the need for the country's uniform development. He also reiterated his government's plans for a digital India.

His government, Modi said, believed in bringing governance to the "palms of people" by using information technology.

The clearance of Digital India project by the Union abinet on Wednesday is a step in that direction, he said.

"Government should not be in Delhi or Ranchi but in the palms of people, this is our dream. Such techonology exists but India is far behind in this and we have to make a begining," he said.

Union power minister Piyush Goyal and law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad too announced serveral schemes for Jharkhand.

Earlier, Jharkhand chief minister and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leader Hemant Soren welcomed Modi and asked the PM to look into the interest of the poor while taking nation on the path of growth.

Soren said Jharkhand has opportunities in the tourism and the Centre should look into it.

He said that the state is keen to harness its natural and mineral resources and sought Modi governnent's help to fulfil the dream.

Soren was booed by the audience when he spoke and the PM was seen urging the crowd to stop and listen to him.

Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda also was
booed by sections of audience in an event attended by Modi a few days back in Kaithal, which prompted him to declare that he will never share a stage with Modi.

Maharashtra CM Prithiviraj Chavan, who too faced a hostile crowd during a PM function, has decided to boycott a public function to be attended by Modi in Nagpur over the Hooda indicent.

Soren heads a coalition government which includes the Congress in a state which along with Haryana and Maharashtra will soon vote soon for its next government.

 

(With PTI and IANS inputs)

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