CNN-IBN Hindustan Times poll reveals Shri Narendra Modi is the people’s choice as the best leader suited to manage the country’s economic crisis

Survey reveals majority of the people polled feel that the Government is not doing enough to tackle the economic situation

Rising prices, unemployment important issues in the minds of the people

In a survey by CNN-IBN Hindustan Times, Shri Narendra Modi has emerged as the people’s choice for the leader best suited to steer India through the current financial crisis. 24% of the people voted for Shri Modi whereas Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh (himself an economist) and UPA Chairperson Mrs. Sonia Gandhi garnered 16% each in the poll. Congress General Secretary Mr. Rahul Gandhi garnered 13% of the votes polled. The voters polled are inhabitants of urban areas.

The CNN-IBN Hindustan Times survey indicates widespread pessimism about the state of the Indian economy and indicates a growing unhappiness against the Government for tackling the economic crisis. 58% of the people are not sure whether their jobs are secure and the survey shows that among other issues, price rise is adversely affecting the people.


Repeated Flak for UPA’s Economic Policies

This is not the first time there is widespread apprehension over the flawed economic policies of the UPA. In June 2012, global ratings agency Standard & Poor brought out an extremely dark scenario of the Indian economy in one of its reports due to lapses in policy making and lack of political will. It took note of the division of roles in the Congress Party that was taking its toll on enhancing economic growth.

That time, Shri Modi had Tweeted that the UPA is a “toxic combination of poor economic decisions, lack of reforms & political roadblocks pushing India to the brink.” He also commented on the division of roles between the Congress President and the Prime Minister.

Earlier, leading international brokerage CLSA too expressed similar misgivings on the state of the Indian economy under the UPA and wrote that the India story is virtually over, adding that there is little confidence among investors that things will turn up. Even on reforms, CLSA echoed the general perception and wrote that reforms will have to wait till 2014 when the current ‘dysfunctional’ Government’s tern ends. In contrast, CLSA lauded the growth trajectory of Gujarat and termed it the poster child of economic development in India!


On the Economy, Modi offers the Big Idea!

A glimpse into Shri Modi’s dynamic and visionary approach towards the economy can be seen in his interview with the Economic Times. Shri Modi had affirmed that the Government has no business to be in business and that the role it should play is that of a facilitator. He went on to say that his Mantra is ‘No Red Tape, only Red Carpet Towards Investors.”

Shri Modi’s approach towards the economy has received praise from various quarters. Writing in Firstpost, Venky Vembu wrote that on the economy, while the Prime Minister offered tired clichés, Shri Modi offered the Big Idea, which he has successfully implemented in Gujarat.

Shashi Shekhar writes that Shri Modi articulates a clear and coherent stand on economic issues.


Domestic and International Praise for Gujarat Model of Development

While the Centre receives constant brickbats for the poor handling of the economic situation, Shri Modi’s work in Gujarat has drawn praise from numerous bodies based both in India and overseas.

A USA Congressional Think Tank lauded the growth in Gujarat and called Shri Modi, ‘the King of Governance.’ USA’s oldest and most reputed think tank, Brookings Institution and the Financial Times  too have lauded the growth trajectory of Gujarat. Most recently, the 2012 Global Prosperity Index 2012 released by the Legatum Institute revealed that Gujarat scores highest among social capital in India and stands at 15th position when compared to 142 nations, scoring higher than several developed nations. In March this year he was on the cover of TIME in a story titled, ‘Modi Means Business.’ CLSA termed Gujarat under Shri Modi as among the fastest growing states with a growth model that is most unique.

At home, Gujarat was recently declared the Big State (Overall) in the India Today State of the States Award 2012. This is the second consecutive time Gujarat has won the award. A report by ASSOCHAM revealed that Gujarat tops the list of states with highest share of outstanding private sector investment, both domestic and foreign.

Time and again, Shri Modi has shown that with a solid vision and determined execution, it is possible to usher in all round development for the people. No wonder under his leadership Gujarat has scaled newer heights of progress in the last decade.

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PM thanks world leaders for their greetings on India’s 73rd Republic Day
January 26, 2022

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has thanked world leaders for their greetings on India’s 73rd Republic Day.

In response to a tweet by PM of Nepal, the Prime Minister said;

"Thank You PM @SherBDeuba for your warm felicitations. We will continue to work together to add strength to our resilient and timeless friendship."

In response to a tweet by PM of Bhutan, the Prime Minister said;

"Thank you @PMBhutan for your warm wishes on India’s Republic Day. India deeply values it’s unique and enduring friendship with Bhutan. Tashi Delek to the Government and people of Bhutan. May our ties grow from strength to strength."



In response to a tweet by PM of Sri Lanka, the Prime Minister said;

"Thank you PM Rajapaksa. This year is special as both our countries celebrate the 75-year milestone of Independence. May the ties between our peoples continue to grow stronger."


In response to a tweet by PM of Israel, the Prime Minister said;

"Thank you for your warm greetings for India's Republic Day, PM @naftalibennett. I fondly remember our meeting held last November. I am confident that India-Israel strategic partnership will continue to prosper with your forward-looking approach."