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Bihar verdict: A win of self-respect of Bihar, Nitish Kumar says

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Patna: After vanquishing the BJP allies in Bihar polls, Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav seemed elated over the stunning victory. Nitish said the people of Bihar have shown faith in Grand Alliance and rejected all the surveys which showed a ‘neck to neck’ fight.

“This is a win for the Bihari pride and Bihari’s self-respect. This is the win of Bihari emotions and Bihari people,” the Bihar CM-elect said.

Here is what Nitish Kumar said at the joint press conference held at his residence, shortly after Lalu addressed the media:

Nitish thanked the people of the state for the decisive verdict, assuring them that his government would like to be true to their promises and work for the welfare of people.

We knew we will win with astounding majority and people have given a decisive mandate as against the speculation of tight fight.

“We would work without any ill will and want a tolerant society. The people have rejected polarisation and have made up their mind in choosing us after a due consideration.

“We will work with a shared agenda for Bihar and remain united…This is a win of people and grand alliance. We never had any issues since the inception of the Grand Alliance,” he said.

We thank all the leaders including Modi Ji, Kejriwal Ji, Mamata Ji and all the other people who tweeted and congratulated.

“We expect Centre’s help and will have a positive frame of mind for the development of Bihar and India,” he added.

Our alliance will show that same unity in working for Bihar as was shown during the election.

This shows that people wanted an empowered and stable Opposition and this poll will have a national impact. The whole nation was watching the elections and people are happy over the Bihar verdict, he said.

“We will keep a positive frame of mind and work for the betterment of Bihar,” Nitish said, adding that, “We won’t harbour any bad faith for anyone during next five years. We will work with all of them and for all of them.”

This win affirms Bihar’s faith in the development of Bihar and gives us a hope.

Nitish said that this mandate was for ‘unity’ and “we vow to work according to the mandate,” adding that the people of Bihar had made their mind who to vote for.

He said it was a verdict against the ‘negative campaign’ and the situation that was being ‘created’ by some people. Bihar rejected all those speculations and designs.

People voted from all sections of society, from Dalits, women, upper and lower castes and all the religion, Nitish added.

RJD chief Lalu Yadav later addressed the press conference and lauded the people of Bihar for shunning “divisive politics.”

“Modi is busy campaigning for the Sangh. He thought it was Haryana. Biharis are not simpletons, and they know how to give a fitting reply to cunning people. They have rejected BJP and Modi, Lalu said.

We never though that we will have less than 190 seats. This mandate, as I spoke in all the meetings, means Nitish Kumar will be the CM, Lalu remarked.

“We thank the great people of Bihar, especially the backward, minority, Dalit and poor from the upper caste people,” said Lalu.

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Now India is One of The Most Open Countries for FDI: Narendra Modi

Modi had conceptualised the summit as Gujarat Chief Minister in 2003 to position the state as an ideal investment destination after the 2002 riots.

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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.

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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.

According to LocalCircles, each person who voted in the survey is registered with the portal with their detailed information and in many cases they shared their residential address.
Doing business in India now easier, cheaper, faster, smarter: Modi

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.

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“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)