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Bharat Mata ki Jay..!  Bharat Mata ki Jay..!

National President of Bhartiya Janata Party and the great son of this land Shri Rajnath Singh Ji, Our senior leader and mentor Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi Ji, President of Uttar Pradesh BJP Shri Laxmikant Bajpai Ji, Shri Kalraj Ji, respected Shri Kalyan Singh Ji, Shri Om Prakash Singh Ji, Shri Amitbhai Shah, Shri Rameshwar Chaurasia, Shri Trivendra Singh Rawat, Shri Lalji Tondon Ji, Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi Ji, Shri Ramapati Ji, Shri Surya Pratap Ji, all the senior leaders of BJP present on the dias and all the people who have come here from every corner of Kashi, I bow down to this huge audience and greet you all..!

I have come from the land of Somnath to take blessings of Baba Vishwanath. Friends, in our country it is happening for the first time that such excitement is observed just before the elections. Political parties become more active before elections, blame games take place, there are efforts to increase the voter base, all this is normal, but this is for the first time when the people from every corner of the country are getting eager and aggressive to deroot the Delhi Government..! I can see that the 2014 elections will not to be fought by any party, 2014 elections will not be leaded by any individual, but 2014 elections will be contested by people of this country, by every voter of the nation..!

Friends, whenever India will be discussed or have been discussed in past, the discussion is incomplete without discussion of river Ganga. For others, Ganga can just be a river, but for us, Ganga is not just a river but it is like our mother..! Ganga is not just a stream of water; it is a stream of our culture..! Friends, a lot many schemes have been formulated for cleaning Ganga, huge budgets have been spent, so many committees have been constituted, but it can’t be understood that is the money also being flushed down Ganga..? Forget about cleaning the Ganga, at least through all these budgets, through these schemes, the continuous degradation in the river could have been prevented..! But this did not happen. UPA Government with all the enthusiasm and zeal prepared a plan for cleaning the Ganga and highly publicized it, and even people started feeling that something would happen, people believed and brought them in power, but my friends from Uttar Pradesh, from this holy land of Mother Ganga I would say this to all my countrymen that UPA Government did nothing except three meetings in these five years..! I request the Government of Delhi, I request Hon. Prime Minister to give a detailed account to the people of nation that what have they done for cleaning of river Ganga..? They have asked for votes in the name of Ganga since the time of Rajeev Gandhi, they have tried to reposition them in front of the nation in the name of purification of Ganga, thousands of crores of public money has been taken for this purpose, now people of this country are asking for answers that what have you done for the purification of Ganga, when did you do anything for this purpose, how did you do it, and people of country also want to know for whom did you do it..!

Friends, I want to know this from people of the country, especially from people of UP, that the way in which they have been fooled in the name of Ganga, they have been kept in dark, and the way they have been cheated, should such people get a chance to form the government again who have sinned even in the holy name of Ganga..? Tell me loudly, those who have messed up and ruined Ganga even more, should they be allowed to come in government again..? Can we hand over the nation to them..? The people who can’t take care of Ganga, how will they take care of the nation..! Friends, do not faultier to think that the residents of the areas where Ganga flows from are the reason of its pollution. Friends, before cleaning of Ganga, Delhi needs to be cleaned, Lucknow needs to be cleaned, then only Ganga can be purified..! With these people in power Ganga can never be depolluted..!

These days people ask me a question, especially people who are trying to save Congress, so that Congress remains in power by any means and their businesses keep running..! Such protectors of Congress ask me a question that Modi Ji, tell us what will you do..? Congress did ruin the nation, it destroyed the nation, but what are you going to do..?we don’t just speak,we believe in delivering..! Those who have this question in their minds and those who ask us that what can we do, I request them all to spare just one day and come to Gujarat, to Ahmadabad, and stand on the banks of Sabarmati. Ten years back, Sabarmati had turned into a dirty drain. The river Sabarmati whose name was associated with Mahatma Gandhi in the song, “Sabarmati ke sant tune kar diya kamaal…”, everywhere Sabarmati was talked, it was associated with the freedom struggle, that river had turned into just a dirty drain..! Go there today and see, that Sabarmati with the waters of Narmada is flowing abundantly right in the center of city. Friends, do you believe that if Sabarmati can be purified, Ganga can also be..? If Sabarmati can change the life of Gujarat, can’t Ganga change the life of India..?

Friends, we do not engage in hollow promises. Friends, I have come here to make you believe that we are not here with promises but with intentions..! The country is fed up of promises, we have heard enough of lectures as well, now it is the time to bring reality to the lands of our nation, and that is why I am saying that we are not here with promises but with intentions, and we have the potential to realize our intentions..! Friends, a few people think that Uttar Pradesh is important in national politics because without Uttar Pradesh a government can’t be formed by any party. Friends, this type of thinking is an insult to UP..! Is Uttar Pradesh is meant to just increase the number of MPs..? Is Uttar Pradesh only important to form governments..? Friends, my thinking is not that shallow..! It is not a question of the government, if India wants stability, it can only be provided by Uttar Pradesh. If we need to develop India, then without developing UP, growth of India is not possible. If unemployment is to be eliminated from India then without eliminating it from UP, we can’t get rid of it. If India is starving then till the time people at the banks of Ganga and Yamuna feed, hunger of India can’t be quenched..! Uttar Pradesh should not just be associated with the number of MPs. Uttar Pradesh can be turned into the fortune maker of India, it can become a heritage of prosperous India, it can evolve as a powerful engine for taking the country to new heights..! Thus, for Bharatiya Janata Party, Uttar Pradesh is not just a political playing field, for us Uttar Pradesh is the most fertile land for the good of India..!

Friends, I have full faith in the power of the people of UP. People of this land only, your own ancestors realized the idea of Ram Rajya! If the people were not good, if the public was flawed, if they did not have potential then this land would never have had Ram Rajya. Friends, the kind of strength, traditions and culture that are needed for creation of Ram Rajya, it is all there in every citizen of Uttar Pradesh. When you have that rich heritage then why is this stage..? This problem is there because you did not choose the right party; you have not got the right leader. The day you will choose the right leader, you will vote for the right government to come, that day this power of people can play a vital role in taking the nation ahead, and I have full faith in that..!

Friends, Lal Bahadur Shastri Ji gave the slogan of - ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’ during his reign, and the farmers of this country made the granaries of nation overflow with grains. The same land, same farmers, very same traditions, but on the call of right leadership, they overflowed the granaries of nation. Friends, Uttar Pradesh alone can feed the entire Europe, it has that strength..! But such governments have come in power, country is being operated in such manner that the state which has the potential to feed entire Europe, unfortunately is not able to feed itself, what can be a greater misfortune..! When a farmer grows paddy working day and night, he has in his mind that the grain grown by his effort will feed a hungry person, will change the lives of poor and he will get blessings. It is not only about money, but he has in his heart that not only humans but even any animals or birds should not starve and that is why he works so hard. But when the farmer who has worked so hard, listens on television or reads in the newspaper that the crop that he put in so much effort for, is getting spoiled on the railway platforms in the rains, then it is not only monetary loss but he also gets hurt. Friends, when farmer produces grains, he does not get satisfied just by money he gets, he gets satisfied when he gets to know that the grain that he produces with all his hard labour is being used to feed hungry men..! These sentiments of the farmers are not being understood by the Government of Delhi, people who calculate profit and losses on paper, are not being able to understand the feelings of the farmers and thus the crop is getting spoiled in the rains. The Supreme Court of India orders that these grains should be distributed amongst the poor..! The Delhi Government refuses to distribute it amongst poor, even after the orders of Supreme Court and sells the grains to the distilleries at the rate of 80 paisa..! Won’t the farmer of my country feel hurt by such actions..? I am amazed that there can be such rulers in a nation who can sell the labour of farmers for manufacturing liquor..! This is an insult of the farmers, of the sons of soil, and it is also an insult of all the underprivileged people of our country..!

Friends, as the election starts approaching, these people start chanting. There are some students who remember God many times when exams start, they worship the lord that I have an exam, may be God blesses me. When they sit in the examination hall, there also they first remember God at least ten times and then will see the paper. In the same way, the Congress party starts praying to the poor when elections approach, and think that this will take them across the tides of election..! Friends, if they had slightest of love or respect for the poor, if they had even a little understanding of their pain, then after so many years of independence and after 45 years of dynastic rule, the poor would not be suffering this much. If anyone is culprit for poverty, it is just this one family. One family has ruined the poor of this country and it is evident in their mentality..!

Friends, to understand what poverty is, we do not have to go somewhere and see, because we have spent our childhood in poverty. I am seriously shocked to see that how much hatred these people have for the poor people..! A leader of UPA says for me, that I am a tea vendor..! Now you people tell me, is it a crime to earn living by working hard and selling tea..? Is it a blot to stand by working hard honestly..? I am surprised that the people who talk of poor men, are saying publically that how can a tea vendor become Prime Minister..? If the people of the country bless, then an ordinary farm labour can also become Prime Minister, a person who polishes shoes on the footpath, can also become Prime Minister. But I can say this to you on our own values, that selling tea to me is acceptable but selling the nation, it is not..! They make fun of the poor in such manners, beside this, one of their leaders say that there exists nothing like poverty, poverty is just a state of mind..! When there is no food to eat for dinner and your children cry of hunger for whole nights, then one gets to know what poverty is..! What do they know what poverty is..? Small kids have to work to feed their parents, but these people are making fun of the poor..!

Friends, this is arrogance, and those people who think poor people to be in their pockets, they can’t do any good of the poor. So I want to say this to all the under privileged people today that the people who have exploited you till date, must be rooted out..! Just now Rajnath Ji was sharing his anguish that Congress said that the BJP people are burglars..! These people say what not and if all their words are collected at a place and published, then we all will be shocked that is this their culture, such is their language..? I want to say to the leaders of Congress, that you say we are burglars, we accept your charge. Yes we are thieves, we have stolen; we have stolen Congress’s peaceful sleep, their bliss …! We have picked up the gauntlet with the resolution that now we will not let Congress, the looters of the nation since independence, to be at peace..!

Friends, I want to ask every elderly person present here, that do you want to pass on to your children the India where you have lived in so much of hardships..? Do you want to force your children to live in dearth..? Do you want to force them to remain unemployed..? Do you want to see your children living in the slums of the urban areas, away from home..? No..!

Friends, two days ago, I received a letter from a Muslim gentleman, in it he has written that Modi Ji, you are coming to Banaras, please mention our problem there that we live in a small Muslim dwelling, where there are small power loom factories making sarees and they operate all night long, because of its noise we are not able to sleep and face many problems because of it. Please find a solution for it. That person expressed his anguish..! Friends, the sarees of Banaras not only protect the dignity of women, but they have the potential to save the economic dignity of this nation..! Such a huge industry, the industry that had the potential to employ lakhs of people, has been ruined. I would like to inform the friend who has expressed his anguish through that letter to me, that there is a way out. Well, our Surat has a very old connection with Kashi. There is a proverb that says ‘Kashi ka Maran aur Surat ka Jaman’, which means that dying in Kashi and eating in Surat, they have a different importance altogether. At both Surat and Kashi, there is a huge power loom industry. There was a time when, in the early morning or in the evening if you move out then there was very loud noise of power looms, the sound of power loom used to be louder than sound of your scooter. But Friends, in last ten years, we worked on a drive and with the help of the government and banks we arranged financial aid and upgraded the entire power loom sector technologically, built huge industrial complexes outside the city. Friends, there are now machines available in the market which make practically no noise, and government provided financial aid through banks for them, and today because of technical upgradation, we have been able to make better quality and quantity of cloth and provide a peaceful life to the people of Surat and this can be done in Varanasi as well. Those people who keep on asking me about my vision, this is a reality, go and check it..!

Friends, if there would have been good intentions, and Banarasi saree industry would have been upgraded, its importance would have been raised through modern technology, then today in India, just in Banarasi saree industry lakhs of youngsters would have got employment, there would not have been any need for them to move anywhere out..! But the policies of Indian Government are such that they import yarn from China, but they are not bothered about the livelihood of saree makers of Banaras and because of that such crises emerge..!

Friends, there will not be a single village in this Purvanchal, from where there is not a person who is working in my Gujarat. You only tell me, why was there a need that they had to leave their hometowns, their parents and go to Gujarat..? If UP was developed, then he would not have had to leave his village, his farms, his friends and family..! Friends, today because of unemployment, the youth of country feels darkness in his life. He is worried that where should he go, who will hold his hands, who will save him..! Friends, you tell me, whenever there is an advertisement for a government job, the first thing that crosses our mind is that somebody’s recommendation would be needed, do you feel so or not..? Do you search for a recommendation first of all or not..? Do you think that there is any guarantee of getting a job without any recommendation or without spending money..? This foul practice is prevailing or not..? Can there be any solution to this or not..? I have the solution. The protectors of Congress who ask me for my vision, I will tell them what my vision is..!

Friends, once in Gujarat, we had to recruit 13,000 teachers. Now for recruitment of teachers, getting 1-2 lakh applications is very common, so we gave advertisement and asked them all to register online. After that we selected the top 13,000 applicants who had highest marks. We neither took any interview from them, nor did we call them, just passed the order and recruited them directly..! The poor widow mother got the letter of her son’s appointment..! References work in interviews, if people are selected directly based on the merit, then this corruption and this entire game of recommendations will end and actually deserving candidates will get the jobs..! I have conducted a pilot project in Gujarat and have been successful, no one has raised any question on it, and everyone says that it is the right way. I believe that no matter how educated a person is, he can’t just succeed based on certificates, so he starts looking for references..!

Friends, our youngsters want dignity, they want to get rid of living like beggars. The youth of my nation can change the fate of India, the government of our country needs to have confidence in the youth and we have come with that faith. I want to say to the youth of nation that there are still lot many opportunities in this country, the country even today is in need of manpower. Whether it is agriculture, service, manufacturing, or any other sector, this country has the potential to make nation an economic superpower with the power of youth. My young friends, this is why I have come with a guarantee of your future..! If there is no guarantee of the future of the youth of the nation, then there is no guarantee of the future of the nation itself. The future of India lies in the hands of the youth. Today the youth needs opportunity, and BJP has come with a resolution of giving them opportunities..!

Friends, people are working to take Congress out of power and bring BJP to power again; this is a proof that we have stood the test of people. Friends, I am going to various parts of UP, and seeing the huge masses everywhere I can say confidently that the people of country are desperate to overthrow the Delhi Government. The people of nation are not ready to bear the Delhi Government even for a moment now. Friends, to change the destiny of India, it is essential to build a congress free India..! Only Congress free India is the guarantee of poverty free India, of unemployment free India. So for freedom from poverty, from unemployment, from starvation, from corruption, we will have to free India from the hands of Congress and we have to move ahead with this dream. With all these good wishes, I am highly thankful to you all..!

Raise your hands, and say along me, with all your strength so that the voice echoes in Delhi…

Bharat Mata Ki Jai..!  Bharat Mata Ki Jai..!

Vande Mataram..!  Vande Mataram..!  Vande Mataram..!

 

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Stresses the need for insulating our planet against the next pandemic
During the pandemic digital technology helped us cope, connect, comfort and console: PM
Disruption does not have to mean despair, we must keep the focus on the twin foundations of repair and prepare: PM
The challenges our planet faces can only be overcome with a collective spirit and a human centric approach: PM
This pandemic is not only a test of our resilience, but also of our imagination. It is a chance to build a more inclusive, caring and sustainable future for all: PM
India is home to one of the world's largest start-up eco systems, India offers what innovators and investors need: PM
I invite the world to invest in India based on the five pillars of: Talent, Market, Capital, Eco-system and, Culture of openness: PM
France and Europe are our key partners, our partnerships must serve a larger purpose in service of humanity: PM

Excellency, my good friend President Macron,

Mr. Maurice Levy, Chairman of the Publicis Group,

Participants from around the world,

Namaste!

Congratulations to the organisers for successfully organising Vivatech in this difficult time.

This platform reflects the technological vision of France. India and France have been working closely on a wide range of subjects. Among these, technology and digital are emerging areas of cooperation. It is the need of the hour that such cooperation continues to grow further. It will not only help our nations but also the world at large.

Many youngsters saw the French Open with great enthusiasm. One of India's tech companies, Infosys provided tech support for the tournament. Likewise, the French Company Atos is involved in a project for making the fastest super computer in India. Whether it is France's Capgemini or India's TCS and Wipro, our IT talent is serving companies and citizens all over the world.

Friends,

I believe - Where convention fails, innovation can help. This has been seen during the COVID-19 global pandemic, which is the biggest disruption of our age. All nations have suffered loss and felt anxiety about the future. COVID-19 put many of our conventional methods to test. However, it was innovation that came to the rescue. By innovation I refer to:

Innovation before the pandemic .

Innovation during the pandemic .

When I speak about innovation before the pandemic, I refer to the pre-existing advances which helped us during the pandemic. Digital technology helped us cope, connect, comfort and console. Through digital media, we could work, talk with our loved ones, and help others. India's universal and unique bio-metric digital identity system - Aadhar - helped us to provide timely financial support to the poor. We could supply free food to 800 million people, and deliver cooking-fuel subsidies to many households. We in India were able to operationalise two public digital education programes- Swayam and Diksha - in quick time to help students.

The second part, innovation for the pandemic refers to how humanity rose to the occasion and made the fight against it more effective. In this, the role of our start-up sector, has been paramount. Let me give you India's example. When the pandemic hit our shores, we had inadequate testing capacities and shortage of masks, PPE, Ventilators and other such equipment. Our private sector played a key role in addressing this shortage. Our doctors adopted tele-medicine in a big way so that some COVID and other non-COVID issues could be addressed virtually. Two vaccines are being made in India and more are in the development or trial stage. On the Government side, our indigenous IT platform, Arogya-Setu enabled effective contact tracing. Our COWIN digital platform has already helped ensure vaccines to millions. Had we not been innovating, then our fight against COVID-19 would have been much weaker. We must not abandon this innovative zeal so that we are even better prepared when the next challenge strikes.

Friends,

India's strides in the world of tech and start-up are well-known. Our nation is home to one of the world's largest start-up eco systems. Several unicorns have come up in the recent years. India offers what innovators and investors need. I invite the world to invest in India based on the five pillars of: Talent, Market, Capital, Eco-system and, Culture of openness.

Indian tech-talent pool is famous across the world. Indian youth have given tech solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems. Today, India has One Point One eight billion mobile phones and Seven Seventy-Five million internet users. This is more than the population of several nations. Data consumption in India is among the highest and cheapest in the world. Indians are the largest users of social media. There is a diverse and extensive market that awaits you.

Friends,

This digital expansion is being powered by creating state-of-the-art public digital infrastructure. Five hundred and twenty-three thousand kilometres of fibre optic network already links our One hundred and fifty six thousand village councils. Many more are being connected in the times to come. Public wi-fi networks across the country are coming up. Likewise, India is working actively to nurture a culture of innovation. There are state-of-the-art innovation labs in Seven Thousand Five Hundred schools under the Atal Innovation Mission. Our students are taking part in numerous hackathons, including with students overseas. This gives them the much-needed exposure to global talent and best practices.

Friends,

Over the past year, we have witnessed a lot of disruption in different sectors. Much of it is still there. Yet, disruption does not have to mean despair. Instead, we must keep the focus on the twin foundations of repair and prepare. This time last year, the world was still seeking a vaccine. Today, we have quite a few. Similarly, we have to continue repairing health infrastructure and our economies. We in India, implemented huge reforms across sectors, be it mining, space, banking, atomic energy and more. This goes on to show that India as a nation is adaptable and agile, even in the middle of the pandemic. And, when I say - prepare-I mean: Insulating our planet against the next pandemic. Ensuring we focus on sustainable life-styles that stop ecological degradation. Strengthening cooperation in furthering research as well as innovation.

Friends,

The challenges our planet faces can only be overcome with a collective spirit and a human centric approach. For this, I call upon the start-up community to take the lead. The start-up space is dominated by youngsters. These are people free from the baggage of the past. They are best placed to power global transformation. Our start-ups must explore areas such as: Healthcare. Eco-friendly technology including waste recycling, Agriculture, New age tools of learning.

Friends,

As an open society and economy, as a nation committed to the international system, partnerships matter to India. France and Europe are among our key partners. In my conversations with President Macron, In my summit with EU leaders in Porto in May, digital partnership, from start-ups to quantum computing, emerged as a key priority. History has shown that leadership in new technology drives economic strength, jobs and prosperity. But, our partnerships must also serve a larger purpose, in service of humanity. This pandemic is not only a test of our resilience, but also of our imagination. It is a chance to build a more inclusive, caring and sustainable future for all. Like President Macron, I have faith in the power of science and the possibilities of innovation to help us achieve that future.

Thank you.