PM Modi targets UPA, says will clean its mess

His remarks drew an angry response from the Congress, Anand Sharma said: “It is clear that he carries a hangover of the 2014 election campaign.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: April 17, 2015 9:40 am
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Attacking the previous UPA government on his three-nation trip, Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised Thursday to clean up the “mess left behind” and change India’s image from one of “scams” to that of a “skilled” nation.

Addressing a gathering of Indians at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto, in the presence of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife Laureen who wore a sari, Modi said: “The country is facing many challenges. And there is only one medicine… And it is not Modi, it is vikas (development)… vikas is the solution to all problems, only development can take the country forward.”

“Jinko gandagi karni thi, woh kar ke chale gaye. Lekin hum safai karenge (Those who wanted to create a mess have done it and left. But we will clean up),” he said without naming the UPA. The remarks had the audience applauding, chanting “Modi, Modi”.

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“The country is huge. There is a lot of mess. It has been there for long. It will take time but it (cleaning) will be done as the attitude of people has changed… Earlier, the country was known as scam-India. We want it known as skilled-India,” he said.

At home, the remarks drew an angry response from the Congress. Party leader Anand Sharma said: “It is clear that he carries a hangover of the 2014 election campaign. He is talking on foreign soil to malign his predecessors and the present opposition. No prime minister of India in its history has ever done so.”

On Twitter, Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh said “when a Head of State visits abroad he represents the whole Nation. Modi’s speech is divisive, defamatory, malicious and not based on facts”.

In Paris too, his first stop on the trip, Modi had mounted a scathing attack on the UPA, saying it had allocated coal blocks like one gives away a pen or a handkerchief, resulting in losses running into lakhs of crores of rupees.

In Toronto, he told the gathering that “jan mann” (people’s attitude) had changed in the 10 months since his government took charge. There was now an atmosphere of trust which, he said, was making things happen like voluntary participation in the Swachh Bharat campaign, well-off people giving up LPG subsidy and opening of bank accounts for the poor.

He asked the diaspora to contribute to India’s development by sharing expertise and experience. The people of India, he said, have enough potential but only need an opportunity. He recalled a Hindi song ‘kitna badal gaya insaan’ to make the point that public attitude had changed in India.

He said the march of development was taking place in a “transparent and corruption-free” environment. He told the gathering that earlier only 2-km length of road was built in a day but now it was 11 km a day.

He said his government was prioritizing skill development because by 2030, the developed world would require skilled people in large numbers and India would be the only place to source them.— With PTI

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  1. K
    Apr 17, 2015 at 6:20 am
    Yet another sickening provided, photoshopped photo of the joker. Why can't he get serious, and do some real work? Are we not all tired seeing him permanently abroad, trying to improve India from a distance?
    1. A
      Apr 17, 2015 at 9:38 am
      Dear Rock Star, when you took over OIL went down from $120/- to $56/-. If UPA had that advantage India would have been very prosperous in spite of all the SCAMS. You were served the Ace of Spade and you still want to Brrow from Wsetrn Cartels, WHY?. Your govt. has only half the OIL Bill which UPS had to face, still you have not deliveres. Inspite of getting BILLIONS in discounted oil you want to sell Farm Lands, Jungles, PSUs to raise money? ........... try to explain this to India instead of unleashing Saadhvi and Saadhu on Indian streets.
      1. A
        Apr 17, 2015 at 3:24 pm
        ha ha ha ..................... I know u r happy with the situation
        1. S
          Apr 17, 2015 at 12:31 pm
          Mr.Karunakaran is busy with saritha case and all jokers in Kerala politics,Travel all india and see where we stand & Improving life.
          1. O
            Om Gupta
            Apr 17, 2015 at 8:41 am
            We must admit our weakness before we can make efforts to eradicate it. The shame is not PM Modi telling the truth to Indian diaspora in Canada, the shame lies in the deeds of the Congress rule which had ruined the country. If congress (con-party) feels so sensitive then it must have thought before committing crime against India and its people.
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