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Our Sankalp for a Bhavya and Divya Gujarat

 

Dear Friends,

Earlier this week, we released the Gujarat BJP manifesto, our Sankalp Patra, to present to you what our Government determines to do in the next five years.    

When government after government run by Congress and its allies throw crumbs at sections they aim to capture as their vote bank, politically expendable sections get left out; not because they are not meritorious; not because they don’t have the ability to grow; but, merely because governments don’t find them electorally useful. When governments indulge in this ‘vote-bank governance’, they try to fool people by saying that their aim is to attain equality of outcome. This saddens me a lot.

But this needs to change. Why shouldn’t every segment, every Gujarati, whether or not he votes for the BJP, get equal access to opportunities to progress and prosper?

Our vision for Gujarat has been, is and will remain inclusive, all-round growth to create a
Bhavya and
Divya (glorious and divine) Gujarat. With this Sankalp Patra, I am asking my Gujarati brothers and sisters to elect the BJP.
Elect us once again for assuring equality of opportunity irrespective of religion, caste or creed. Elect us for having uplifted large sections from the depths of poverty to a bright future.

 

 

Elect us for wiping off every trace of middlemen and agents in our poverty alleviation schemes. Friends, ‘Garibi Hatao’ is a very attractive slogan. Unfortunately, Congress has kept it merely as a slogan – an ornament it can take out of the locker to display every five years and dazzle the nation. Middlemen flourishing under Congress rule have reduced every rupee that leaves government coffers to a meager 15 paisa. Instead of galvanizing growth, Congress has created persistent poverty.

Due to our Government’s efforts, a huge number of Gujaratis across all religions and castes have now entered the middle class segment. They are the “neo middle class” with aspirations, dreams and determination. They are one of the most critical drivers of the Gujarat’s growth engine. We want to keep nurturing the symbiosis between these stakeholders and Gujarat. ‘Our growth for Gujarat’s growth’ is what I want everyone to imbibe.

You must have observed that most election manifestos of Congress governments and its allies still contain promises to provide the most basic services and facilities, despite the fact that they have not been able to fulfill the promises they took in earlier manifestos! Friends, so far we have filled the ditches that previous Congress governments left. We are now laying the path for enhancements to
existing schemes and programs, many of which have got nationwide and global recognition.

In crucial areas such as education, particularly girl-child education, healthcare, urban and rural housing, agriculture and irrigation, poverty alleviation and
bijli (electricity)
, sadak (roads)
, paani (water) and
naukri (employment), Gujarat is now ready to take even bigger strides ahead.

As Gujarat braces itself for the challenges that global competitiveness have brought, I want to share my thoughts on a recent disturbing development.

With scam after scam running into thousands of crores of rupees, UPA has taken our nation to the lowest depths. The policy paralysis and the absence of Neta, Niti and Niyat have spoiled the entrepreneurial environment, creating nothing but pessimism everywhere. Many are starting to look at business, industry and investment with suspicion.

This is bad for our nation. It is enterprise, industry and investment that will provide our nation self-dependence and sustenance. With every investment that is made in Gujarat, the capital that otherwise sits idle or flies abroad is introduced into our economy. This generates many employment opportunities.

Not just that, many ancillary and allied units are set up in the vicinity and across the State which gives rise to self-employment opportunities as well. From a five star hotel to an affordable guesthouse, from a fancy multi-cuisine restaurant to the local tea stall – several such businesses can get a boost. So many Gujarati brothers and sisters are able to light their stoves with their own hard earned money. The entire area starts bubbling with energy and dynamism.

What needs to be decimated is corruption and cronyism, and not enterprise. Enterprise needs to be encouraged with vision and vigour. What needs to be destroyed is the brazen belief that one family or one party enjoys the sole entitlement to your hard-earned money. That is what I will continue to do.

Friends, let us take a
Sankalp today to uproot the Congress in the coming elections
. Congress is not a constructive participant in our democracy. In Gujarat, it has not only failed while in power but also failed in its role as an Opposition.

You are a vital stakeholder in how and where Gujarat progresses. Election is the most important festival in our democracy and voting is your most important right. Choose your vote carefully. In the end, whoever you vote for, remember that we are all in this march together.

Jay Jay Garvi Gujarat!

 

Yours,

Narendra Modi

 

 ALSO READ- BJP releases Sankalp Patra for 2012 Gujarat VIdhan Sabha elections

 

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Remembering Dr. Lohia
March 26, 2019
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Today is a day to honour revolutionaries.

We pay tributes to great sons of Mother India - Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru for their ultimate sacrifice.

We bow to a prolific thinker, exceptional intellectual, revolutionary and devout patriot, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia on his Jayanti.

Dr. Lohia combined a sharp mind and a penchant for mass politics.

When top leaders were arrested during the Quit India movement, a young Dr. Lohia remained unfazed, went underground and even started an underground radio station to further the movement.

In the history of Goa’s liberation, the name of Dr. Lohia is etched in golden letters.

Wherever the marginalised needed a voice, Dr. Lohia was there.

Dr. Lohia’s thoughts inspire us. He wrote about modernising agriculture and empowering farmers, which the NDA Government is effectively doing through efforts such as PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, Krishi Sinchai Yojana, e-Nam, Soil Health Cards and more.

Nothing pained Dr. Lohia more than the caste hierarchy and inequality between women and men. Our Mantra of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ as well as our track record in the last five years show that we have made a long-lasting contribution in fulfilling the vision of Dr. Lohia. He would surely have been very proud of the NDA Government’s work.

Whenever Dr. Lohia spoke, inside or outside Parliament, the Congress trembled with fear.

Dr. Lohia knew how disastrous Congress was. In 1962 he said, “During the Congress regime neither agriculture and industry nor the army has improved.”

These words can accurately describe even subsequent Congress regimes, where farmers were harassed, industry was discouraged (except if they belonged to friends and relatives of Congress leaders) and national security was ignored.

Anti-Congressism was Dr. Lohia’s heart and soul. His efforts ensured a shock to the then all-powerful Congress in 1967 elections. That time, Atal Ji remarked- “Due to Dr. Lohia’s efforts, one could travel on board the Howrah-Amritsar Mail without having to pass a single Congress state!”

Unfortunately, today Dr. Lohia would be horrified at the political developments taking place.

Those parties that claim inspiration from Dr. Lohia have completely abandoned his principles. They are leaving no opportunity to insult him.

The veteran socialist leader from Odisha, Shri Surendranath Dwivedy remarked, “He (Dr. Lohia) was imprisoned many times more during Congress regime than under the British rule.”

Yet, today those parties that falsely claim to be Dr. Lohia’s followers are desperate to form an opportunistic Maha Milawat or adulteration alliances with the same Congress. It is both ironical and reprehensible.

Dr. Lohia always believed that dynastic politics was inimical to democracy. He would have been flabbergasted to see his ‘followers’ think about their own families first instead of the nation.

Dr. Lohia stated that one who works with ‘Samta’, ‘Samanata’ and ‘Samatva Bhaav’ is a Yogi. Sadly, the parties that claim to be his followers forgot this principle. They believe in ‘Satta’, ‘Swarth’ and ‘Shoshan.’ These parties are experts at grabbing power, looting as much as possible and exploiting others. Poor people, Tribals, Dalits, OBCs and women are not safe in their rule because these parties give a free run to criminals and anti-social elements.

In his works, Dr. Lohia called for complete equality between men and women. But, neck deep in vote bank politics, it was parties that dishonestly claim to be Dr. Lohia’s followers that opposed the NDA Government’s move to abolish the inhuman practice of Triple Talaq.

Is the commitment to vote bank politics bigger than the commitment to Dr. Lohia’s thoughts?

Today, a moot question facing 130 crore Indians is:

How can those who betrayed Dr. Lohia be expected to serve the nation?

Today they are betraying the principles of Dr. Lohia, tomorrow they will also betray the people of India.