Ravi: Na­tion needs a sta­ble govern­ment

Deccan Chronicle - - Politics - KI­RAN REDDY ALTHURU | DC

Union min­is­ter Ravi Shankar Prasad lashed out at Op­po­si­tion ma­ha­gath­ban­dan say­ing In­dia did not need an un­sta­ble govern­ment. Al­lud­ing to the United Front gov­ern­ments of the 1990s, he said, “None of the prime min­is­ters in the Grand Al­liance have ruled the na­tion for one year.”

Ad­dress­ing me­di­a­per­sons here af­ter launch­ing the ‘Bharat Ke Mann ki Baat’ pro­gramme, Mr Prasad said, “We have prime min­is­ters from 40 days to 11 months in the ma­ha­gath­ban­dan. Do we want this once more?”

He said the Op­po­si­tion al­liance had no idea or man­i­festo to build the na­tion. “The par­ties that framed the al­liance were bat­tling each other ear­lier. Their point is to bring down Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi from power but not de­velop to the na­tion.”

Bharat Ke Mann ki Baat is meant to col­lect sug­ges­tions from dif­fer­ent sec­tions to make In­dia pow­er­ful. Around 7,000 sug­ges­tion boxes placed across the coun­try seek­ing rec­om­men­da­tions on the agenda if Mr Modi re­tains power.

Af­ter meet­ing IT ex­perts as part of the pro­gramme, Mr Prasad said: “This is a unique func­tion and the big­gest pro­gramme by the BJP to reach peo­ple. We are go­ing to meet farm­ers, IT ex­perts, doc­tors, lawyers and oth­ers, look­ing for their rec­om­men­da­tions on how to make In­dia more pow­er­ful. I’m up­beat that I have con­nected with IT ex­perts of Hy­der­abad.”

Com­par­ing the UPA and NDA gov­ern­ments, Mr Prasad said, “From In­de­pen­dence to May 2014 till Mr Modi as­sumed re­spon­si­bil­ity as Prime Min­is­ter, only 6.25 crore toi­lets were built in ru­ral In­dia, whereas 10 crore toi­lets were built in the last four-and-a-half years of Modi’s govern­ment. This shows what the BJP has done.”

He said the Modi govern­ment was tough on the coun­try’s se­cu­rity. “We will do a sur­gi­cal strike against those who in­ter­vene,” he said. He said the Congress govern­ment had lent `56 lakh crore from banks but the BJP had re­cov­ered `3 lakh crore from the non-per­form­ing as­sets.

— PA­VAN

Union min­is­ter for IT and Law Ravi Shankar Prasad (cen­ter) along with BJP MP Ban­daru Dat­ta­traya and BJP state pres­i­dent Dr. K. Lax­man in Hy­der­abad.

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