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Can Rahul Gandhi turn tables on Modi?

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By Tarun Pratap

New Delhi: The Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Monday began his ‘kisan Padyatra’ in Uttar Pradesh, saying that while Prime Minister Narendra Modi was busy flying abroad, he and his party Congress would stand by the farmers through thick and thin.

Taking a jibe at the PM, he said, “Modi had promised that during his rule, the country would witness ‘Acche Din’. But we are yet to come across a single ‘good day’ under his regime. Ache Din will come when farmers, laborers and poor are happy.”

This campaign to highlight the plight of sugarcane farmers is apparently planned in the view of 2017 assembly elections.

Meanwhile, the BJP hit back at the Gandhi scion, saying that he would have to prove his innocence with regard to the allegations that his party was involved in “anti-national activities” in Punjab.

Congress Vice President also criticized the UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and urged him to work for the farmers for the rest of his remaining tenure.

Gandhi has been aggressive in his approach in of late. He did not miss a single opportunity where he could target the government, be it on the issue of Dadri lynching, Bihar polls, and Modi’s foreign visits.

It is being believed in Congress circles that a victory in Bihar has proved that Modi is not invincible and with the right approach and strategy flaws in his government can be brought out.

Though Congress is not the actual winner in Bihar, any loss to BJP paves the way for Congress to gain further strength.

BJP had criticized Rahul a lot for his 58-day absence earlier this year, but it seems that they also have given him a reason to hit back.

This government has been in power for hardly 18 months and still there are jitters. NDA has a clear majority and yet they have looked to be defensive in recent past. They have only themselves to blame for their predicament. More than Rahul or the Opposition, it is the BJP themselves that invited trouble on them with all the controversial comments and issues like beef, Pakistan etcetera. BJP has pushed itself on the back foot, giving an opening to the Congress and all of its opposition.

BJP won the 2014 elections on the basis of issue of development but since then the public has heard more of other things than the word they voted for.

The mention of phrase ‘Modi Wave’ in media has but disappeared. Maybe the wave is over or there never was a wave. Either way it is not an ideal situation to be in for the BJP. Bihar election is one big setback where BJP has lost a lot of ground.

Rahul Gandhi has been considered many a things since his arrival in politics. He has been ridiculed, laughed at, but he never has been feared. Neither the opposition nor public gave him a chance. On the other hand, Modi was always feared by his political opponents and he proved them right by winning the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. However, the Gandhi scion seems to be slowly turning the tables on Modi.

With the Winter Session of the Parliament approaching, it is important for BJP to get things right otherwise like the Monsoon Session, the opposition won’t let them work, wasting yet again precious time and public money.

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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)