Ahmedabad: Senior BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that PM and his government has worked well and they are on the track to bring Áchhe Din’ in the country.
He added that system takes some time but as the government has been doing the good work, the results will also be good.
He did not agree that recent price hike is a slump for the Modi government.
A few days ago after the defeat in Bihar polls, Advani had criticised Modi and had blamed him for it. Today he said that BJP is much more conscious for the civic body elections in Gujarat.
He said better efforts have been made this time and the results will reflect that.
Advani also showed happiness that MPs are allowed to vote in the corporation polls now.
It seems that Advani’s comments are relevant to the present time. Now because there is an election, he praised Modi so that unity can be shown and support can be gathered and when BJP had lost an election and there was nothing to lose, he went hard at them.
Advani and few other veterans of the BJP have been trying to keep their identity and status alive within the party. The rise of Modi and leaders like Amit Shah has put seniors on backfoot.
The centralisation of the power in any political party is never good. Ironically as soon as a party starts gaining power in India, this problem start surfacing.
While BJP has tried to play it down but bad results always bring confrontations and Shatrughan Sinha looks to be in that mode. Advani’s comments will be relief in this context.
The result of this poll, though, may bring back those demons.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that his government had made doing business in India easier, cheaper, faster and smarter with his term accounting for almost 45 per cent of the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) that the country received in the last 18 years.
Speaking at the inaugural function of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2019 here, he said India was now one of the most open countries for FDI with over 90 per cent approvals put on the automatic route.
“In the last four years, we have received FDI worth $263 billion. This is 45 per cent of the FDI received in last 18 years,” Modi told the gathering.
He said India was among the top 10 FDI destinations.
Modi, who is on a three-day visit to his home state to throw open his pet biennial Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit, said the India of today was a land of “immense opportunities” being the only place that offered democracy, demography and demand.
“Fifty cities in India are ready to build metro rail systems. We have to build 50 million houses. The requirement of road, rail and waterways is enormous. We want world class technologies to achieve our goal in a faster and cleaner way. India is thus, a land of immense opportunities.” he said.
The Prime Minister said the challenge for India, as in most emerging economies, was to grow horizontally as well as vertically to ensure that the benefits of development spread to regions and communities that have lagged behind while also meeting enhanced expectations in terms of quality of life, quality of services and quality of infrastructure.
“We are well aware that our achievements, here in India, will directly impact one sixth of humanity.”
Modi said his government had removed the barriers which were preventing India from achieving its full potential and now it was ready for business like never before.
The government has made doing business easier. cheaper, faster and smarter, he said.
“In the last four years, we have jumped 65 places in the global ranking of World Bank’s Doing Business Report. From 142 in 2014 to 77 now, but we are still not satisfied. I have asked my team to work harder so that India is in the top 50 next year.
“We have also made doing business cheaper. The historic implementation of Goods and Services Tax and other measures of simplification and consolidation of taxes have reduced transaction costs and made processes efficient.
“We have also made doing business faster through digital processes, online transactions and single point inter-faces,” he said.
He said his government had made doing business smarter by insisting on IT based transactions and digital payments including direct transfer of government benefits.
Modi added that he understood that being a young nation, India needs to create job opportunities and better infrastructure, which are both linked with investments.
“Therefore, in recent years, there has been unprecedented focus on manufacturing and infrastructure,” he said.
Listing the achievements of his government, he said for the first time, India had become a net exporter of electricity, had installed transmission lines at an unprecedented pace and had doubled the speed of road construction with rural road connectivity now at 90 per cent.
“At 7.3 per cent, the average GDP growth, over the entire term of our government, has been the highest of any Indian government since 1991. At the same time,the rate of inflation at 4.6 per cent is the lowest for any Indian government since 1991, when India began its process of liberalisation,” he said.
Modi had conceptualised the summit as Gujarat Chief Minister in 2003 to position the state as an ideal investment destination after the 2002 riots. (IANS)