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BJP leader Arun Shourie attacks Modi, calls him weakest PM ever

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Former Union Minister Arun Shourie on Monday, in a sharp attack against the Narendra Modi government, accused it of “managing economy means, managing the headlines” and added that “people have started recalling the days of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.”

At the launch of ‘Turn of The Tortoise’, a book written by former Business Standard Editor-in-Chief T N Ninan, Shourie, as part of a panel discussion, expressed his views on the differences between the past and present governments. Shourie said, “there is a clearer belief (in the present dispensation) that managing economy means managing the headlines and this is not really going to work.”

The former minister in Vajpayee government said, “I feel there was never a weaker PMO as now. There has never been as great a centralisation of functions, not power, of functions in PMO as now. …If fellows don’t have the domain expertise that Brajesh Mishra had, L K Jha had, all these principal secretaries had, then things get stuck.”

Also, taking a shot at the banking sector, he added, “If you see impediments that were there in tax administration, there is virtually no change… Banking reform has been delayed by a year and a half for no reason. So, this tortoise is very generous metaphor. Ye to so hi jata hai (this tortoise goes to sleep).”

He claimed that industrialists are afraid of speaking against the government. “The industrialists who meet the Prime Minister don’t speak whole truth. After meeting the PM, they wonder what is happening and say ‘please do something’. And in front of media they give the government 9 out of 10,” Shourie claimed.

What Shourie does is make claims on behalf of industrialists and their perceived issues. But he fails to give any concrete argument or an example of failure of administration and instead, takes shots at the beef ban issue (“the Congress plus a cow” comment) as the NDA Government’s key trick to delusion people.

Speaking at the same event, Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian said “India is a country which is not following the normal economic development model… India is growing by defying its comparative advantage,”

Shourie, on the government’s relationship with the states and the opposition, said, “One thing that has surprised me about the government is its timidity. Slight opposition comes and the reform is dropped… In my head I would say please befriend, please impress… You cannot get up every morning and get into a boxing match.”

Former Foreign Secretary Shyam Sharan, also a panelist in the event, criticized, “In terms of actual execution, we are slipping into an event mode rather than a process mode. There is a sense that we are moving from one big event to another big event; moving from one very successful visit to another successful visit and not paying enough attention on the process.”

Responding to these criticisms, Chief Economic Advisor Arving Subranamian, also a part of the discussion said, the tenor of Shourie’s criticism misrepresents economic stability that “we have achieved.”

 

(with inputs from NDTV)

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Benefits Meant for the People Should Reach Them On Time: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

In a month, development projects worth more than Rs 20,000 crore have been either inaugurated or initiated in Odisha, said Modi

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"We ensured everyone gets what they deserve" PM Modi

Pime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday attacked previous governments at the Centre for ruling the country like their “Sultanates”, neglecting its rich heritage.

“Past governments ruled like Sultans and neglected our rich heritage. They ignored our glorious civilisation and failed to pay attention to their preservation,” said Modi while addressing a public meeting in Balangir town in Odisha.

“This criminal error will always stick to the parties, who the country gave the opportunity to run governments for decades. Surprisingly, they have not taken lessons from this,” he added.

He also attacked the state government under Naveen Patnaik and said the benefits meant for the people should reach them on time and must not be used as an election tool.

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Benefits Meant for the People Should Reach Them On Time: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

 

This was Modi’s third visit to the state in the past three weeks and showed the importance that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was attaching to the state ahead of the general and assembly elections.

The Prime Minister said his government was committed to conserving and preserving the country’s rich cultural heritage.

He said his government has been constantly making efforts to bring back the idols stolen from the temples in India.

He also attacked the parties for opposing the International Yoga Day and the construction of the Statue of Unity.

“Some parties were against organising the International Yoga Day. These are the people who did not promote yoga. These people neither understand India nor tourism,” he added.

“They raised questions on erecting the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. But, after becoming the world’s tallest statue, it has generated jobs for people residing around the structure.

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Elaborate preparations for PM’s election rally. VOA

“They were also against changing the names of islands in Andaman and Nicobar islands,” said Modi.

He said the central government has cancelled around six crore fake ration cards, gas connections, scholarships with wrong names, grabbing pension under wrong names over the last four years.

“We plugged these leakages, saving crores of rupees. All ration cards have been digitised and around 80 per cent of them have been linked with Aadhaar,” said the Prime Minister.

“The middlemen used to loot the money meant for poor. We have stopped this. We ensured everyone gets what they deserve,” he added.

The Prime Minister said there are people, who are angry because he has put a stop to their loot and corruption.

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PM believes in Constant Development and Promoting tourism.

Highlighting the developmental works being carried out by the Centre in the state, he attacked the Odisha government for failing to utilise the District Mineral Foundation (DMF) fund in the mineral bearing areas.

“Odisha has Rs 4,000 crore in its DMF Fund which has remained unutilised so far. What has happened to the government? It is in deep slumber. The government of Odisha should ensure that the benefits reach the tribal people.

“Do not wait for the elections. Ease the problems of people, elections will keep coming,” said Modi.

Also Read- Prime Minister Narendra Modi Claims BJP Was Not in Politics For “Divide and Rule”

He said the central government has allocated over Rs 20,000 crore for the development of Railways in Odisha in the last four years alone, which is five times more than the allocation by the previous government.

In a month, development projects worth more than Rs 20,000 crore have been either inaugurated or initiated in Odisha, said Modi. (IANS)