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Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi addressed rally at BJP National Executive Meet in Mumbai.

Shri Modi comes down heavily on the insensitive UPA government for failing on all fronts from agriculture to upholding India’s federal structure.

Shri Modi expresses solidarity with farmers of Maharashtra who are experiencing severe drought.

UPA without a leader, policy and honesty to govern: Shri Modi

Government promised prices would come down in 100 days, what happened: Shri Modi

Congress best at promises not performance: Shri Modi

UPA taking away powers from the states when it is miserably failing in the issues that are under its own control: Shri Modi

 

On the evening of Friday 25th May 2012 Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Modi came down heavily on the Centre for failing on all counts from agriculture to federalism. Shri Modi was addressing the final rally of the BJP National Executive Meet held at the Babu Genu Kamgar Maidan in Mumbai.

Beginning his speech in Marathi, Shri Modi extended well wishes to all the dignitaries present on stage and the people who had gathered at the rally. He also extended his good wishes to the farmers of Maharashtra who are facing a serious drought situation. He recounted that there was a time when Gujarat had droughts for 7 out of 10 years, which caused heavy inconvenience to the farmers. But this changed due to Gujarat’s stress on water conservation, he added.

Shri Modi affirmed that if there was NDA Government today, the river-linking project would have taken shape and due to that no farmer of Maharashtra would be suffering. This was a dream of Atal ji that was instantly destroyed by the UPA. He stated that New Delhi has a Government that neither has a leader nor does it have policy and the honesty to lead the nation and to see what happens when such a combination exists, one can see the condition of India today.

The Chief Minister held that just like the instance of Nirmal Baba, the UPA adept at making promises and prescribing remedies but the result is different! For making these false promises, Nirmal Baba has cases registered against him but what about the UPA, Shri Modi asked. He recalled the time when the UPA promised that prices would come down in 100 days but did that happen? Shri Modi stated that this Government is full of Nirmal Baba’s who are enriching their coffers nothing else.

Shri Modi spoke about the 3rd anniversary celebrations of the UPA and how the Prime Minister released a ‘Report Card’, which contained nothing about the issues the Prime Minister himself, had termed as serious. He gave the example of the Naxal Movement- the PM called Naxalism the most serious threat but why wasn’t it mentioned in the report, Shri Modi inquired, adding that if they did not mention their number 1 threat, what are they celebrating? Similarly, the Prime Minister called malnutrition a shame but Shri Modi wanted to know why was there not a single word in the report on it?

Step by step, Shri Modi also punctured the UPA myth that coalition compulsions were affecting Governance. Shri Modi asked if the mistake of the Union Foreign Minister reading out the wrong speech at the UN be attributed to coalition compulsions? Likewise, both the Prime Minister and the Defence Minister belong to the Congress but still tensions are high with the Army. Is this also coalition compulsion? He questioned whether it is coalition politics that was the reason why they were fighting with the Army or the fact that our Army lacks adequate weaponry to fight.

Talking about UPA Chairperson Smt. Sonia Gandhi’s claims that this is the time to perform not promise, the Chief Minister said that this statement proves that for so many years, all the Congress did was promise not perform.Infact, 40 years after Mrs. Indira Gandhi gave the call for ‘Garibi Hatao’ no performance can be seen. He added that in the monitoring of the 20 Point Programme it emerged that the top 5 states implementing it were either BJP ruled or NDA states. But, instead of asking Congress ruled states to perform or answer points raised by him, they stopped the ratings.

Speaking about Gujarat’s agriculture growth, Shri Modi stated that in a time when the Prime Minister says it is an ‘achievement’ that the country’s agriculture growth rose from 2 to 3%, Gujarat’s agriculture witnessed 11% growth! He added that if the current pace of national agriculture growth remains then the day is not far that the entire nation will suffer. If agriculture is growing, it is due to the efforts of some states, Shri Modi said, reminding the audience that the Union Agriculture Minister is from Maharashtra.

Coming down heavily on the Centre on the issue of power production, Shri Modi pointed to the UPA Report Card, which mentioned 20,000 MW power generation while what was promised was 50,000 MW. He added that even this number of 20,000 MW was courtesy the hard work of some of the states. Shri Modi said due to the lack of power, agriculture, industry, youngsters were suffering and due to corruption and poor policies there is a coal shortage due to which our power plants were working at below capacity. The least the UPA can do, in Shri Modi’s opinion was to provide adequate coal and gas to the people but it was failing in doing even that.

In his speech, Shri Modi attacked the Centre for leaving no stone unturned to destroy the federal structure of the nation.Shri Modi quoted Tamil Nadu CM Dr. J Jayalalithaa, who had recently opined that the Centre is treating State Governments and the Chief Ministers like municipalities. Shri Modi added that the Delhi Sultanate was causing unprecedented loss to the federal structure and preventing the states from growing.Shri Modi raised the issue of the NCTC as an example and asked the Centre why are they taking powers from the states that too when they were not performing well in tasks they were supposed to.The Chief Minister challenged the Centre to answer that when borders come under them, why were anti-India elements getting weapons so easily? How were these elements getting such an easy supply of finances when bodies like RBI were under the Centre’s control? Why are our coasts unsafe? And when communications is under the Centre, why want it able to intercept the attacks or the activities of anti-India elements? He further inquired what has the UPA done to get fugitives who were sitting outside India and plotting against it?

Shri Modi said that the UPA Report Card contained nothing on two very crucial issues- there was nothing on women development and at the same time there was noting for youth and skill development. On the issue of skill development, Shri Modi believed that being the youngest nation in the world, our youth are our strength but stated that the UPA has done nothing to promote skill development among the youngsters. This when China has started 50,000 skill development courses for their youth.

The Chief Minister shared his strong belief that this Government cannot fulfill the dreams of the people, starting from the mammoth price rise. He urged the people to support the NDA Bharat Bandh on 31st May against the insensitive UPA Government. Shri Modi wanted to know what sort of a Government was this that it brought in the Communal Violence Bill, which presumes that the majority community as guilty. Is it not an example of the UPA’s insensitivity, he asked? Shri Modi also shared the example of the Amarnath Yatra, saying that the number of days of the Yatra have drastically reduced to 35-40 with fewer pilgrims being able to go.

Concluding his speech, Shri Modi said that the country cannot wait for long and that the need of the hour is to raise a united voice against the UPA. He wanted the Prime Minister to closely look at why the rupee was falling in such a way when even the currencies of Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal were not falling the way ours was. He ended his speech by thanking the people for the love and affection they had shown towards him.

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Your Excellency Dr. Hassan Rouhani, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran,

Your Excellency Dr. Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Honourable Ministers

Ladies and Gentlemen

A famous poet of Persia, Hafez once said:

रोज़े- हिज्रो-शबे-फ़ुर्क़ते-यार आख़र शुद

ज़दम इन फ़ालो-गुज़श्त अख़्तरो कार आख़र शुद्

[Meaning: Days of separation are over; night of wait is coming to an end; Our friendship will stay forever.]

Today, we are all witnessing creation of history. Not just for the people of our three countries, but for the entire region. To build bonds of connectivity is the most basic of human urges. Today, we seek to fulfil it. We are grateful to Excellency Rouhani for hosting this unique event. Thank you President Ashraf Ghani, for your presence. It truly holds a special significance. It is a privilege to be here. Excellency Rouhani, President Ghani and I have just held detailed discussions on a range of issues. The agenda for economic engagement is a clear priority for us. We stand together in unity of our purpose. To carve out new routes of peace, and prosperity is our common goal. We want to link with the world. But, better connectivity among ourselves is also our priority. It is indeed a new dawn for the region.

Excellencies,

Iran, Afghanistan and India are deeply aware of the richness and reality of our ancient links. Through centuries, art and culture, ideas and knowledge, language and traditions have formed a common bond between us. Even through turmoil of history, our societies never lost touch with each other. Today, we meet to write new chapters in our engagement.

Excellencies, The Agreement on the establishment of a Trilateral Transport and Transit Corridor signed just a while ago can alter the course of history of this region. It is a new foundation of convergence between our three nations. The corridor would spur unhindered flow of commerce throughout the region. Inflow of capital and technology could lead to new industrial infrastructure in Chahbahar. This would include gas based fertilizer plants, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals and IT. The key arteries of the corridor would pass through the Chahbahar port of Iran. It's very location, on the mouth of Gulf of Oman, is of great strategic significance. Afghanistan will get an assured, effective, and a more friendly route to trade with the rest of the world. The arc of economic benefit from this agreement would extend beyond our three nations. Its reach could extend to the depths of the Central Asian countries. When linked with the International North South Transport Corridor, it would touch South Asia at one end and Europe at another. And, studies show that as compared to the traditional sea routes, it could bring down the cost and time of the cargo trade to Europe by about 50%. Over time, we could even look to connect it with the strong sea and land based routes that India has developed with the Indian Ocean Region and South East Asia.

Excellencies,

The world of 21st century offers unique opportunities.But, it also poses its own set of challenges.Today, the nature of global engagement requires an attitude more suitable to this century, not the mindset of the century gone by. Today, the watch-words of international tiesare trust not suspicion; cooperation not dominance; inclusivity not exclusion. This is also the guiding philosophy and driving spirit of the Chahbahar Agreement. This will be a corridor of peace and prosperity for our peoples. Motives of economic growth, and empowerment would drive it. It will build our security without making others vulnerable. It would break barriers among our nations and encourage new benchmarks of people-to-people contacts. And, help us to eventually build what we all desire and deserve - a friendly and healthy neighbourhood.

Excellencies,

The world around us is changing in fundamental ways. And, the lack of comprehensive connectivity is not the only challenge that limits our national growth. Political turmoil and undercurrents of economic stress continue to spread in West Asia. In the Indo-Pacific,rise a mix of political competition and economic opportunities is putting pressure on the existing Asian order. Global economy is yet to fully come out of uncertainty and weakness. Our present growth and future prosperity is under threat from the spread of radical ideas and physical terror. Amidst this landscape, our three countries are blessed with the most potent resource—our youth. Our three nations are estimated to have more than 60 percent of their population under 30 years of age. They are an asset in our national and regional development. We want them to walk the road to knowledge and skills; industry and enterprise. And, not fall victim to the path of guns and violence. I am confident that economic fruits of the Chahbahar Agreement will expand trade, attract investment, build infrastructure, develop industry and create jobs for our youth. The Agreement will strengthen our ability to stand in mutual support against those whose only motto is to maim and kill the innocents. Its success will be a positive vote for peace and stability in the region.

Excellencies, It is my strong belief that trade and transit routes should only be a starting point of our journey to greater connectivity. In my vision, the full spectrum of connectivity agenda between Iran, Afghanistan and India should span: • from culture to commerce;

• from traditions to technology;

• from Investments to IT;

• from services to strategy; and

• from people to politics.

In a way, it is a pledge to:

• Realize the imperative of better connectivity;

• Establish peace and create stability;

• Build economic prosperity and engineer new trade ties;

• Curb radicalism and remove shadows of terror; and

• Break barriers and spread sweetness of familiarity among our people.

History will look back at this effort with nothing but approval and admiration.

I compliment Excellencies Rouhani and Ghani for their leadership in guiding this effort.

Thank you all. Thank you very much.