Narendra Modi praises Amit Shah, calls him man of the match in 2014 LS polls
Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged on Saturday to fulfil expectations of the people who voted him to power in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, while stressing his government was headed in the 'right direction'. Do you think that the world's outlook towards India has changed after BJP came to power?Updated: Aug 12, 2014 12:49 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged on Saturday to fulfil expectations of the people who voted him to power in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, while stressing his government was headed in the "right direction".
Speaking at the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP's) national council meet at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi, Modi also justified India's tough stand at the World Trade Organization (WTO) - in order to ensure "food for the poor" - and heaped praises on new party chief Amit Shah.
In the face of opposition by the West, India had recently decided not to ratify WTO's Trade Facilitation Agreement without any concrete movement in finding a permanent solution to its public food stock-holding issue for food security purposes.
PM Narendra Modi addressing BJP National Council meet pic.twitter.com/gMFlcnbdqa— ANI (@ANI_news) August 9, 2014
Modi also launched a veiled attack on the Congress and Uttar Pradesh's ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) for practising vote bank politics and said the BJP never accepted the "incidents (of violence) which are taking place in the country".
"Peace, unity and harmony are the pre-requisites for progress and there will be no compromise on this… Those who have suffered a massive defeat in the elections are still not able to desist from engaging in old vote bank politics. They are engaged in disturbing the social fabric."
His comments came against the backdrop of the Saharanpur communal violence and other similar incidents in UP. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had recently said violence in the state was "artificially and deliberately engineered".
Modi said BJP workers will have to play a crucial role to ensure communal and national unity so that the nation could move forward.
"When the country makes progress, its 125 crore people make progress."
Modi also said the ruling BJP should promote social causes such as energy conservation, building toilets and education of the girl child to bring about a change.
Praising Shah, who was instrumental behind BJP's poll triumph in politically crucial UP, Modi said he was the man of the match for the saffron party team that won the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
"Winning the polls was a team effort… Rajnathji (home minister Rajnath Singh, who was the erstwhile BJP president) was the captain of the team and Amit Shah was the man of the match," ANI quoted him as saying.
"After completing 60 days (in office), I am confident that we will be able to fulfil people's expectations," Modi said.
"People were in a mood to support us. People have done their work, it's time for us to do ours."
Modi was elected on a platform of reviving sharply slowing economic growth and ending a string of corruption scandals which marked the Congress party's decade-long rule.
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The Prime Minister, who has already visited neighbouring Nepal and Bhutan after taking oath on May 26, also said the outlook of the world towards India had changed because a strong government that secured the majority mark in Parliament was at the helm.
"Maybe, they were used to coalition governments. But now they know that this government has got a clear mandate."
Lauding his government for bringing about a dramatic change in functioning within 60 days, Modi said many of the promises made in the BJP manifesto before the elections were included in the budget and a roadmap had been prepared for the same.
Apparently attacking the Congress yet again, Modi said, "Those who have not done anything for 60 years are asking for our account of 60 days."
"We are judged by different and tough yardsticks. I don't know why it is happening. Only time will tell. But we should accept this challenge. It is good for us that we are judged by stringent yardstick. We will pass the test.
"I have myself come out of 14 years of trial," said the former Gujarat chief minister, who had to face a lot of criticism over the 2002 riots in the state.
Modi admitted that he knew little about Delhi or Parliament before winning the elections, but now he was confident. He recalled that at the start of the election campaign, he had started saying that the BJP should get 300 seats on its own.
"Some of my colleagues asked why I was talking about numbers. But I felt that people had made up their mind to vote for BJP and just wanted someone to ask for it."