Narendra Modi, the BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate said two sectors are most important – agriculture and service sector – and there is a need to focus on improving productivity in agriculture and value additions to improve rural economy. “The amount of land is not increasing but actually decreasing with population increase. Value addition is the best combination in service and agriculture sector,” he said recently…
Launching an attack on the economic policies of the UPA Government, Narendra Modi said recently the main reason behind the “despair” prevailing in the country was that nobody takes responsibility.
The BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate said India has become a country of “under-achievers” due to lack of planning and there was a need to come out of this situation by building an atmosphere of trust. “If we had planned well we would have reached great heights. Today, India has become a country of under-achievers. There is no dearth of opportunity for growth of industry in the country. There is a need to come out of this despair. An atmosphere of confidence and trust is very important in India now,” he said while addressing a FICCI meet.
Taking on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, he said, “Our Prime Minister likes to speak about ‘inclusive growth’. Until we build capacity among poor through education, how can it happen? Stressing on the need for a holistic approach, the Gujarat Chief Minister said, “If we keep on exporting minerals, the country will not generate employment or development. With every resource, a holistic approach is very necessary.” Blaming the existing regime for the ill-health of the economy, Modi said, “When we talk about growth, infrastructure comes in and that is dependent on the energy sector. Industries are shut because of shortage of fuel. Someone has to take responsibility. The reason for disappointment is that nobody accepts responsibility in this country.”
Modi said the country was at the beginning of the 21st century and there was eagerness in the air. “There was talk of the new century approaching but a strategy is yet to be formed.” He said two sectors are most important – agriculture and service sector – and there is a need to focus on improving productivity in agriculture and value additions to improve rural economy.
“The amount of land is not increasing but actually decreasing with population increase. Value addition is the best combination in service and agriculture sector,” he said. Modi said, “We have to make the common man a stakeholder in development. We need to build more small-scale industries. The small things need to be looked at to bring overall development.”
Referring to the health sector, he said, “Common man looks for cheap treatment. Indian hospitals are renowned in the world but the insurance process in India holds us back. “If people know that we have the power to provide insurance, foreigners will come here to get treatment,” he said. He also advised the railways and defence services to start their own universities for filling up large number of vacancies in these sectors. “We are spending crores on imports, something that the youth in our country can also provide. Instead of hiring people from outside India, should we not start colleges in India,” he asked. Describing himself as an optimistic person, he said, “If there is a glass half full of water, I say there is half water, half air and, therefore, completely filled.” – PTI
Will Aap Be The Third Largest Party Contesting 2014 Lok Sabha Polls?
by Soumik Mukherjee
After assuming power in Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party now has its sights set on the upcoming Lok Sabha polls and to make sure they make an impression the party will focus on the urban and suburban constituencies to start with. Sources in the AAP said that though they have set up units in 309 districts across 22 states, their main thrust will be on the urban and semi urban pockets of the country. The decision was taken keeping in mind that large sections of voters in these areas are concerned about issues like corruption and self governance. “We will focus our attention on the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi. Next in priority are the eight seats in the NCR,” said an AAP leader on condition of anonymity. The seats in NCR include constituencies like Noida, Gurgaon, Faridabad and Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh. The party then wants to turn their attention to the important metros in different States. According to party workers, many of who have been travelling across India to get a fair idea about the party’s reputation outside Delhi, AAP has left a strong impression on the urban voters.
“In Bhopal we managed to sign almost 1500 people as members in three hours,” says Ankit Lal, a party worker who has been travelling in Madhya Pradesh and overseeing a drive to recruit volunteers in the State before the general election in 2014. “However, we still do not have enough manpower. It takes us a lot of time for us to even send messages to the remote districts in UP,” says one party worker. Despite the limitations, AAP workers feel they will emerge as the third largest party in the Lok Sabha elections.”During the 2009 elections BSP emerged as the third largest party after Congress and BJP as far as number of contesting candidates are concerned,” says Prashant Saxena of AAP. The party informs that after the internal evaluation there will be a professional survey commissioned by the party. “We had been constantly evaluating our reach and performance before the Delhi polls. We will do that before the Lok Sabha polls too,” said Saxena.