BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Thursday said he agreed with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s view that there was no need for pessimism as the country was bracing for good days ahead.
“The Prime Minister said in his speech on Wednesday that better days are ahead and there is nothing to feel dejected. I agree with him. I don’t want to say anything more. Maybe, you should wait for four to six months. Good days are surely coming,” he said hinting at change of guard at the Centre. Modi was addressing the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas meet here.
Modi’s written speech, distributed at the venue, was scathing in its criticism of the UPA Government. “The last decade in particular saw unprecedented depths of petty politics, self-interest and exploitation, overwhelming the exalted principles of inclusive and sustainable nation building... A deteriorating economy, unrelenting stream of scandals and corruption exposes, poor delivery of basic services, policy paralysis, stagnating society and an overall atmosphere of divisive politics have severely hit the people’s trust in the government and its leaders,” it read.
He said Non-resident Indians (NRIs) no longer talked about India’s achievement but strides made by the individual states. “They are directly engaging with the states, which are now engaged in a healthy competition. For a federal structure like India, I take this as a good indicative. I consider this as a good sign... An atmosphere has been created where there is ha ealthy competition among states over development. It is good, as everyone feels we should deliver and move forward,” the Gujarat Chief Minister said.
While talking about the Lok Sabha elections, he asked the NRIs to be a part of the revolution taking place in the country. “Try to be here at the time of elections. If that is not possible, actively engage with the political process from wherever you are,” he said.
Countering Modi’s jibe at the Prime Minister, Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said better times were ahead because of better policies of the Central Government.
“The country is readying for better days as strong foundation has been laid by the leadership,” he said and added that revolutionary legislations such as the RTI, RTE, MNREGA have benefited people.