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Praising me no help, time to bite economic bullet: Narendra Modi to nation

‘UPA left everything empty, financial health is rock bottom’ ; ‘Tough steps may dent love country gave me, will regain it’,

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: June 15, 2014 8:29 am
modi PM Modi sits in the cockpit of Mig 29 on the deck of the newly dedicated India’s largest warship INS Vikramaditya. (Source: PTI)

Using his significant political capital to send out one of the clearest messages a political leader has done in recent times on the need for fiscal prudence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said some “tough economic decisions” are on the anvil to improve the financial health of the country.

He indicated that the “stringent measures” he plans to undertake — his government will present its first budget less than a month from now — may not go down well with every section but it is necessary in “the larger interest of the nation”.

Addressing BJP workers in Taligaon in Goa, Modi hit out at the previous UPA government for its handling of the economy. “I have taken over the reins of the country in circumstances when there is nothing left behind by the previous government. They left everything empty. The country’s financial health has hit the bottom.”

He said “tough economic decisions will be required to bring the country out of the current economic mess”. He expressed confidence that the “stringent measures” for prudent financial discipline will not be for his own or his party’s interest, but “the larger interest of the nation”.

“I am well aware that my steps may dent the immense love that the country has given me. But when my countrymen realise that these steps will result in getting the financial health back, then I will regain that love,” he said.

Modi said his government will remain connected to the people and work to empower them for the development process. “The government has begun its work well. For ten years, the people of this country have not witnessed a working government in Delhi. Our government will work with a clear conscience, clear policy and strong leadership to provide good governance,” he said.

Referring to the mandate the BJP got, he said the era of coalition politics has ended. “People have given a clear indication that political parties, whether in power or in opposition, must pay heed to people’s expectations. This election has also proved that people have defeated the politics of casteism, communalism, nepotism and family. People decided that a government should be formed to provide security, prosperity, eliminate corruption and meet the aspirations of the people, solve their problems,” he said.

“We won’t be helping the country by praising Modi and praising BJP. There is no guarantee that just singing praise of Modi will improve the situation. We need to take tough measures to improve the financial situation,” he said.

Later, Modi tweeted that “time has come to take tough decisions in the interest of the nation. Whatever decisions we take will be solely guided by national interest.”

He said it is wrong to think that people in government are not willing to work for the country. “In a government set-up, most officials would like to do something for the country. They are ready to work. This is what I can say from my experience as the Prime Minister in the last fifteen days.”

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  1. U
    Jun 14, 2014 at 2:13 pm
    Tough decisions await you dear Mr. PM. Decisions not only on national fiscal balance, but also strong policies on potion control, uniform civil code, and firm plans to phase out reservations and replace with merit based seletion.
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      Ashok Chavda
      Jun 14, 2014 at 2:50 pm
      tough action le lo yaar, agli baar modi sarkar.
      1. j
        Jun 15, 2014 at 3:15 am
        thanks a lot sir,first indication of complete privatization .i am too old but young generation needs this Thatcherism to the hilt,good at last
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          Bhupal Bhuppy
          Jun 15, 2014 at 1:43 am
          Charity begins at home. While tough decisions are inevitable and welcome, they must be deliberate, dispionate and implemented without any favour and fear. It is our experience that such tough decisions only increase the difficulties of common people, while the politicians and the bureaucrats continue to live in extravagance and profligacy. Any action and policy decision that doesn't target, or spares, the 'influential' cl is bound to draw strong criticism, opposition and protest. If that happens, the detractors of Mr Modi and the vested interests in the government and business, religious organisations, and those within the BJP and its allies will come to the fore, braying for his scalp. Honest and sincere tough decisons, executed with impartiality and great resolve, are welcome, And, for a chage, I am ready to believe that there will be no hidden agenda. I believe our PM when he says for him it is " India first". Wish you good luck Mr Prime Minster.
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            Bhola Prasad
            Jun 15, 2014 at 1:02 am
            People's faith put you there to announce this...can't be praised or protest before result...the world doesn't want to know about the labour pain...home or nation build by money and hammer..mon Mr. Modi...
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