Having changed Gujarat’s image during his decade-long chief ministership, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is now “changing the face of the country,” Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing and Poverty Allevation, said on Thursday. The minister, who was addressing an event in Gujarat’s capital Gandhinagar, went on to say that people thought of Modi as “God’s Messiah” who would transform the country.
Naidu was speaking at the first session of the 12th International Conference & Exhibition on Emerging Trends in Sustainable Habitat & Intergated Cities (Municipalika 2014). The event was attended by over 1,000 delegates from 200 cities of India and abroad.
Taking a pot-shot at the US for not granting a visa to Modi in the past, Naidu said, “Earlier, the US did not give him a visa. But now wherever Modi goes, he gets a huge reception. India is being respected and recognised because of his leadership. You have all seen the Madison Square (event)…”.
Naidu also cited the reception Modi received during his recent visit to Myanmar.
“He changed the face of Gujarat and now he is bent on changing the face of India. People think of him as God’s messiah; God’s gift to the country… who will transform the country,” said Naidu, while addressing over 1,000 delegates from 200 cities of India and abroad. .
Naidu added, “The aspirations of the people are high. They think that Modi has come (to power), and now he will bring heaven to earth.” He further said that the NDA government was launching “programme-after-programme which are important for every section and segment of the society”
The former BJP president went on to stress how under the Modi-regime, the GDP and industrial growth has risen, rupee has become stronger and petrol prices and inflation have come down. “People are now ready to invest in India. Earlier, people had confidence in Gujarat. Today, this confidence has come to India,” Naidu said.