Ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi started using the phrase “acche din” during his general elections campaign in 2014, the public hasn’t forgotten it. In fact, it has become synonymous to development in the country as many tend to use it while questioning the government on anything and everything. “Acche din kab aaenge?” is a question that, at least, dominates social media whenever there is a sarcastic comment on the Centre.
Calling the phrase, a “millstone around the government’s neck”, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari disowned it saying it was actually coined by former prime minister Manmohan Singh.
“Acche din maanne se hota hai (Good days depends on one’s belief). It was at an NRI meet in Delhi that Manmohan Singh had said that ‘Acche din ayenge’ (good days will come). When asked when ‘acche din’ will come, Singh had replied, ‘in the future’. Modiji said the same thing somewhere and it has now become the millstone around our neck,” Gadkari said at an event in Mumbai.
Also, stressing that ‘acche din’ as a concept is practically impossible to achieve, because people’s expectations have no end, he said, “If a person has a bicycle, he would want a motorcycle, once the motorcycle is bought, the next target would be a car. Therefore, no one ever feels that good days have arrived.”
He also said it’s not be taken literally (after governing the country for more than two years) “We just used the words ‘Achhe Din’ and it should not be taken in the literal sense. It should be interpreted as progress is being made,” he said.
As soon as the news made it to social media, people couldn’t help but react.
— Sidharth Bhatia (@bombaywallah) September 14, 2016
— Rohan (@mojorojo) September 14, 2016
why just acche din? for a man who never did anything Manmohan Singh is getting a lot of credit http://t.co/0xFnTyADfq
— Hartosh Singh Bal (@HartoshSinghBal) September 14, 2016
— Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) September 14, 2016
What a party! After two-and-a half years of throwing it at you, they’re now disowning “AccheDin”.Wonder what’s next! http://t.co/H73PKpZakm
— KB Byju (@KBByju) September 14, 2016
Gadkari says #AcchceDin was Manmohan Singh’s quote which got stuck with them. selfless party that doesn’t want to take credit for anything!
— Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) September 14, 2016
Even Ache Din turns to be attributed to Dr. MMS. Is there anything at all original about Modi Sarkar?!! pic.twitter.com/Sd8oCukUkG
— Brijesh Kalappa (@brijeshkalappa) September 14, 2016
Minister Nitin Gadkari explains Ache Din are never coming, Modiji was just kidding, greedy Indians took it seriously pic.twitter.com/skvVn2m5L7
— Sourabh Jain (@SourabhJainIET) September 14, 2016
Whoever coined the term, the statements reflects on how the government is struggling to fulfil the promises it made.