His­toric Man­date by People For a Vi­sion­ary Leader

Ge­o­graph­i­cal spread of BJP’s seats is heart­en­ing

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics Counter - PIYUSH GOYAL

The re­sults of the 2014 Gen­eral Elec­tions vin­di­cate what has been my the­ory for some time now. Vot­ers have started giv­ing de­ci­sive man­dates for the past five-six years. In 27 out of the 29 re­cent elec­tions, one saw this trend be­ing played out (Delhi and Jhark­hand were the only ex­cep­tions). I just paid my re­spects to Shri Atal Bi­hari Va­j­payee, my guid­ing light and men­tor. This vic­tory has given him im­mense joy. It is time to ref lect what this his­toric ver­dict, means for the coun­try. The na­tion had a clear choice be­tween a vi­sion­ary leader with a dis­tinc­tive track-record in gov­er­nance and in­dis­putable in­tegrity ver­sus a lead­er­less dis­cred­ited party of the spec­tac­u­larly inept and the un­ques­tion­ably cor­rupt. The for­mer em­bod­ied “sabka saath sabka vikaas” and the lat­ter only prac­ticed com­pet­i­tive pseudo-sec­u­lar­ism and in­dulged in nau­se­at­ingly di­vi­sive vote-bank pol­i­tics. People of In­dia have cat­e­gor­i­cally re­jected the lat­ter.

In fact, caste-based po­lit­i­cal par­ties have prac­ti­cally been washed out in state af­ter state. In ad­di­tion, the ge­o­graph­i­cal spread of BJP’s seats in this elec­tion is heart­en­ing – we are per­haps the only true a truly pan In­dia party to­day. These fac­tors to­gether give me a great hope and enor­mous sat­is­fac­tion. While to­day is a day to feel overwhelmed about this re­sound­ing vic­tory, we are con­scious of the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and the strato­spheric ex­pec­ta­tions from us. The story of trans­for­ma­tion of In­dia be­gins to­day. For far too long, In­di­ans have been told that we are sig­nif­i­cantly be­low our po­ten­tial. The time to act and set things right, is now. We sim­ply do not have the lux­ury of time! The Naren­dra Modi-led NDA govern­ment will leave no stone un­turned to meet the as­pi­ra­tions of young In­dia. We will launch a se­ries of ini­tia­tives to re­ju­ve­nate the in­vest­ment cy­cle, give an im­pe­tus to man­u­fac­tur­ing, build in­fra­struc­ture and fo­cus on tourism, among oth­ers. Our fo­cus will be to cre­ate mas­sive em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and also en­sure that people’s pro­duc­tiv­ity and in­come lev­els im­prove via tar­geted skillde­vel­op­ment pro­grammes and bet­ter ac­cess to health­care. In ad­di­tion, tech­nol­ogy will be lever­aged to stream­line im­ple­men­ta­tion of wel­fare schemes to en­sure bet­ter out­comes and ex­pe­dite the process of poverty al­le­vi­a­tion.

One other area that de­serves to be high­lighted is the de­base­ment of pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions un­der the Congress-led UPA. Ev­ery in­sti­tu­tion or arm of the govern­ment has been al­most ir­re­vo­ca­bly cor­rupted, by the UPA. In­tegrity and the moral author­ity of these bod­ies has to be be­yond re­proach. We must re­store people’s faith in them so that they func­tion ef­fec­tively and ar­bi­trate on mat­ters of na­tional im­por­tance with fierce in­de­pen­dence.

Once again, it gives me tremen­dous hap­pi­ness to note that BJP will now be the prin­ci­pal driv­ing force of the econ­omy and the resur­gence of In­dia. The Naren­dra Modi led NDA govern­ment shall deliver and lead In­dia to glory. Jai Hind!

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