Prime Minister Narendra Modi achieving India’s economic integration, says BJP chief Amit Shah

Opposition parties had sharpened their criticism of the government's claims about demonetisation after the RBI said over 99 per cent old notes were deposited in banks but the BJP insisted it had increased transparency and expanded the formal economy.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: September 17, 2017 2:25 pm
narendra modi news, amit shah news, india news, indian express news BJP National President Amit Shah. (Source: PTI)

BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday bracketed Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Sardar Patel and BR Ambedkar and said Modi had started India’s economic integration after Patel and Ambedkar respectively achieved the country’s territorial and social unification. Lavishing praise on Modi on his 67th birthday, Shah said the PM’s life in many ways was a “personification of the spirit of India” and claimed his sensitivity towards the aspirations of the poor had led to “historic poverty alleviation initiatives taking shape at a scale unheard of in the history” of India.

Under the Modi government, Shah said, honest taxpayers, a majority of whom belonged to the middle class, felt they were valued following crackdowns against black money and corruption through various measures, including demonetisation and the benami law.

Opposition parties had sharpened their criticism of the government’s claims about demonetisation after the RBI said over 99 per cent old notes were deposited in banks but the BJP insisted it had increased transparency and expanded the formal economy.

“India remembers Sardar Patel for the territorial integration of our nation and we recall the role of Babasaheb Ambedkar in our social integration. Through initiatives starting from the Jan Dhan Yojana to the GST, Narendra Bhai has set the ball rolling for the economic integration of India,” Shah said in a blog.

Targeting the prime minister’s critics, he said Modi had ruffled several feathers by his action against the corrupt and status quo — “after all, years of privilege of a select few are now over and the poor are now getting their due”.

Recalling his decades-long association with Modi, he said the prime minister had never celebrated his birthday and added that service or ‘sewa’ was the best way to mark the occasion.

Modi’s heart, he said, “beats for the poor, downtrodden, marginalised and the farmers of India”. Shah added that the PM’s deep concern for their welfare had motivated him to immerse himself in nation building from a very young age.

“India First is a belief that Narendra Bhai has lived at every point of his life,” Shah wrote.

People saw Modi as a compassionate leader, he said.

“They see him as their own, a person working round the clock for their and the nation’s welfare, without any self interest. His popularity has transcended all boundaries,” the BJP chief said.

He added that he first met Modi as a young BJP worker and neither of them was drawn to power as the saffron party then was far from the force it later became. What mattered, he said, was that they devoted every moment of their time for India’s welfare.

“We will continue to serve the nation and support him (Modi) as he takes India to new heights of success and glory,” Shah said citing the Mudra scheme, Jan Dhan accounts, surgical strikes and demonetisation to underline Modi’s resolve and commitment to the country’s welfare.

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  1. R
    Oct 9, 2017 at 9:57 pm
    Mudra Yojna: was initiated to give incentive to small business sector. After demonetization high percentage of small business and startups have collapsed. Jan dhan account: most the accounts have been empty for a long time then banks started depositing 1 to 10 rupees in each account to show the scheme is working and reduce the empty account, good scheme poorly implemented. Demonetisation: Well everyone knows what has happened to GDP and growth. All these schemes were good but so poorly implemented. Indian is no longer worlds fasted growing economy. Still, the government is in denial mode and want to show everything is going smoothly and fine. PM Modi should start listening to economic intellectuals instead criticizing them for showing lacunas in the policies. Three people cannot run 1.4 billion size country.
    1. Bill Fotsch
      Sep 18, 2017 at 5:58 pm
      Imagine that. Mr. Modi has led India's rapid advance by attacking corruption, promoting transparency and being pro-business. Possibly we could have him explain this to US politicians. Of course most will not want to listen, like Modi's opponents in India...
      1. R
        Sep 17, 2017 at 3:06 pm
        Middle Class people are struggling for their survival because NDA government has miserably failed to make headway in employment generation and private investment in India is appeared to be on the still stand condition . It has been touting that mudra Scheme generated lot of employment but it did not appear at ground. NDA government led by Shri Modi ji may be doing good job in others field but meddle class people mostly depend of job are suffering from very tough time because of non- availability of proper opportunity .