“Political parties which adopt short-term tactics are the biggest enemy of taxpayers. Those whose only goal is to come to power, making false promises to grab power, can never build a nation. At a time when the nation is working towards achieving its goals over the next 25 years, some political parties are out to ruin the economy for their gains,” he said in Nagpur, while inaugurating 11 infrastructure projects for Nagpur and Vidarbha.
The statement — being seen in the context of the debate over freebies, or ‘revdi cultue’, as the PM had described them — comes days after the elections results in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh where Congress and AAP had promised a return of the old pension scheme and concessional or free power being the other dominant theme during the campaign.
Citing South Korea and Singapore’s investment in building infrastructure, Modi slammed earlier regimes in India for wasting taxpayers’ money. “During the tenure of earlier governments, tax collected from honest taxpayers was either wasted due to corruption or used for vote bank politics. The need of the hour is to use every paisa to build a bright future for the youth. Today, I appeal to the youth, to every taxpayer, to expose such selfish politicians and political parties.
“The poor policies of political parties, which follow an approach of ‘aamdani atthanni, kharcha rupaiya (allowing high expenditure with low income)’, make the economy hollow. We have witnessed how a few economies were destroyed due to such an approach. We need to save India from such a directionless approach. I am happy that the country is witnessing stable development and getting huge support from the common man,” he said, while calling for sustainable development.
In a reflection of his Gujarat election speeches, Modi listed out development works by the ‘double engine’ government in Maharashtra. He said 11 projects were part of a holistic vision of infrastructure in the state. “These projects worth over Rs 75,000 crore are coming up at a time when India is celebrating 75 years of Independence. All these will give a new direction to the development of the state. It is proof of how fast the ‘double engine’ government in state and at the Centre is working,” said the PM.
PM Modi tries his hand at ‘Dhol-Tasha’ in Nagpur
He also said that the Centre and the state need to work together. “The path for the creation of a developed nation is combined power. The mantra for making India developed is the development of the states. If we limit development we also limit opportunities, that has been our experience in the past.”
Modi said his government had enabled those engaged in animal husbandry to avail of the benefit of Kisan Credit Card or for street vendors to tap bank credit through a special loan scheme.
Explaining his vision of holistic development, the PM said they had created infrastructure in healthcare like Ayushman Bharat scheme and AIIMS, and also religious ones like Kashi Vishwanath and Mahakal (Ujjain) corridors, and development of Kedarnath and Pandharpur.
Taking a dig at the previous Congress and NCP governments in Maharashtra, Modi said projects where infrastructure lacked human touch ended up burdening the exchequer. “A perfect example of this is Gosikhurd project. Its foundation stone was laid about 35 years ago when its cost was Rs 400 crore. Today, its cost has jumped to over Rs 18,000 crore primarily due to administrative apathy. When our double engine government took charge, we expedited the project and I am happy that the dam has been entirely filled up for the first time. It will benefit lakhs of farmers in Vidarbha. When we limit education and development, the opportunities decreased, and talent did not get chance to shine.”