Sunday, May 27, marks the fourth anniversary of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government at the Centre. It was a challenging four-year tenure for the PM, with controversies surrounding the Rafale deal, tumultuous ties with China and Pakistan, tensions in Jammu and Kashmir, demonetisation and GST, and farmer distress among a few issues. Diplomacy has been one of the key thrust areas of the government as their diplomatic outreach has come a long way in the last four years. Although the government witnessed several ups and downs in its relationship with different countries, it had to adapt to the changes.
While the Congress-led Opposition has criticised the prime minister of keeping silent on critical issues, Modi did not make things easier by holding no interactions with the press during the entirety of his tenure.
On Saturday, one day prior to completing four years, congratulations and reactions from political leaders have started coming in.
On Saturday, one day prior to the Modi government completing four years, congratulations and reactions from political leaders have started coming in. Follow HIGHLIGHTS:
Next PM should be 'kaamdar', 'jimmedar' and 'imandar': Sibal
Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal today hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his 'naamdar' (dynast) barb,saying the people of the country want the next prime minister to be 'kaamdar', 'jimmedar' and 'imandar' who is not in the habit of making hollow promises. "People of the country want the next prime minister to be not only 'kaamdar' (one who works) but also 'jimmedar' (responsible) and 'imandar' (honest) who is not a 'jumlawar' (one who makes hollow promises)," Sibal said in Bhubaneswar.
Next PM should be 'kaamdar', 'jimmedar' and 'imandar', says Kapil Sibal
Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal today hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his 'naamdar' (dynast) barb and said the people of the country want the next prime minister to be 'kaamdar', 'jimmedar' and 'imandar' who is not in the habit of making hollow promises. "People of the country want the next prime minister to be not only 'kaamdar' (one who works) but also 'jimmedar' (responsible) and 'imandar' (honest) who is not a 'jumlawar' (one who makes hollow promises)," Sibal said in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
PM Modi ends address in Cuttack
Prime Minister Narendra Modi ends his address in Cuttack, Odisha.
"Due to the Mahanadi water dispute, farmers of Odisha are suffering. We are committed to resolve their problems and address the challenges they have to face," says PM Modi.
There is lack of proper health facilities in several places. Situation is worse here in Odisha. I wonder what were the previous govts doing? Even if state govts aren't carrying out their responsibilities properly, centre is doing everything it can in this direction: PM in Cuttack pic.twitter.com/mFURkyhhdE— ANI (@ANI) May 26, 2018
Today, the country is progressing rapidly. We have built crores of homes, modernising hospitals, introduced Digital India. all these are creating job opportunities for the youngsters. We are keeping special attention on youngsters. We are building longest tunnel between in Leh. We are increasing the connectivity of the northeastern states with that of other parts of the country, says PM Modi.
"It was my dream that people wearing 'hawai chappals' (slippers) should also travel in 'hawai jahaz' (airplanes)," says PM Modi. And today, we can see that number of people travelling in airplanes is higher than those by trains, he adds.
"We have introduced better transport communication, better education system, better infrastructure facilities. We have changed the street lights to LED lights which resulted in saving crores of rupees. We used that money now for other social purposes," says Modi in Cuttack.
The number of Naxal-hit areas has decreased during the last four years: PM Modi
For us, development and good governance is the way for good politics, says PM Modi
PM Modi continues his tirade against Congress
Why didn't Congress realise that the poor are not being entertained at banks? Why didn't the Congress ever see that the lives of poor people also hold value and they also need life insurance: PM Modi— ANI (@ANI) May 26, 2018
PM highlights various schemes of NDA government
PM highlights various schemes of his government during the address, says cach citizen will get the benefit of health scheme.
'NDA govt is on correct path'
The NDA government is on correct path; people have put their seal of approval, says PM Modi.
"Over 18,000 homes have electricity. Within next year there will be fully connectivity between the village and cities. There will be well road connectivity. From 1947 to 2014, there were six crore toilets. but last fours, there was newly built around more than seven crores toilets," says PM Modi.
My government working with 'jan-mat' and not from any 'janpath': PM Modi
"NDA government is working towards the benefit of common people. I can assert that my government is working with the people’s mandate, not from any Janpath," PM Modi insists.
Congress never cared for development of nation: PM Modi
"If Congress and its family understood that, then the country would never have been in the state it was in before 2014. Give the poor just slogans of "gareebi hatao", give broken roads and hospitals to the middle class - that is all that the Congress did. Half the people did not have gas connections, electricity, half the villages did not have roads, toilets. Everything was incomplete. Vote bank politics was the reason behind this. And when we talk about vote bank politics, some people call it communalism," says PM Modi.
Chaos was caused for some when we made strict laws against black money: Modi
#WATCH: While addressing a rally in Cuttack on completion of 4 years in power, PM says, 'Chaos was caused for some when we made strict laws against black money, it made many come together & stand on the same stag, those accused in big scams are coming together now.' #Odisha pic.twitter.com/mBFIKHBhG1— ANI (@ANI) May 26, 2018
"Who can forget the scams worth lakhs of crores that embarrassed India abroad? During UPA regime, the Congress party used to run the government through remote control," says PM Modi." It is important to remember the issues which the nation was facing four years ago, the atmosphere there was four years ago. It is important to remember how much did the family, which ruled the nation for 48 years, cared for it," he adds.
PM Modi attacks Congress, says for them 'its family first'
Today, around four former chief ministers are in jail. This has forced all the oppositions to come under one umbrella. One family has ruled around 48 years in the country. The party believes -Family first instead of country first.
'When there is a government of commitment and not confusion, companies that do not pay debts now have to open their lockers and pay up. Jandhan accounts are opened. Rs 80,000 crore could be saved from going into the wrong hands,' says PM Modi. "In the last four years, investigating agencies conducted 3000 raids and found crores in undeclared assets," he adds
"Today the BJP has over 1500 legislators in the country. These victories are not wins for any leader, this is the victory of the people. This is the win for those mothers who have been freed from smoking chulhas. This is the win of those girls who have been helped by Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao. This is the win of the youth helped by Skill India and Mudra Yojana. This is the win of the farmers who are guaranteed 1.5 times of the cost of produce," says PM Modi.
Jab desh mein confusion nahi commitment waali sarkar chalti hai tab hi surgical strike jaise faisle liye jaate hain. Jab confusion nahi commitment wali sarkar chalti hai tab hi 'One Rank One Pension' jaisa dashkon se atka hua faisla laagu hota hai: PM Modi in Cuttack #Odisha pic.twitter.com/MADaTe12u7— ANI (@ANI) May 26, 2018
Your aspirations, dreams and hopes is what makes me keep working, says PM Modi.
Betterment of poor biggest priority of our government: Modi
"Many who are in the NDA government have lived in poverty and that is why betterment of the poor is their biggest priority. It is a government whose President, Vice President and Pradhan Sevak, all have lived in poverty," says PM Modi.
India is now moving from mis-governance towards good governance: PM Modi
"During the last four years, my government created a confidence among 125 crore Indians that things can change, India can change," says PM Modi.
"It is my good fortune that I got the opportunity to greet my 125 crore countrymen from the land of great Lord Jagannath. Great freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was born in this holy land," ANI quotes PM Modi as saying.
PM Modi begins his address in Cuttack
PM Modi addresses a public rally in Odisha’s Cuttack on four years of his government.
Modi’s welfare strategy has been one of confused priorities,grand announcements: Scindia
“To sum up, in these 4 yrs, Modi’s welfare strategy has been one of confused priorities,grand announcements and ambitious targets, but ambition is unlikely to yield real benefits in the short term and without significant course correction may cause long-term harm.” #4YearsOfModi https://t.co/zenUfNhGEH— Jyotiraditya Scindia (@JM_Scindia) May 26, 2018
Addressing a press conference in Jaipur, Congress leader Sachin Pilot earlier in the day slammed Rajasthan's Vasundhara Raje government, saying it faces allegations of corruption. He claimed that 150 farmers have committed suicide in Rajasthan but neither the chief minister nor her ministers are concerned. "The government has money to spend on installing fountains in the front of bungalows of ministers and on events like Resurgent Rajasthan but not for farmers," Pilot said.
Why has BJP failed to address runaway rural distress, asks Congress
Nobody safe in India under BJP govt, everybody having sleepless nights: Congress
"Nobody is safe in India under BJP govt, everyone is having sleepless nights," alleges Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad while addressing a press conference. Meanwhile, AICC General Secretary Ashok Gehlot says that an atmosphere of fear, hatred and violence has been created in the last four years under Modi regime.
People now know Modi-Shah duo is harmful for country: Congress
"People now know that Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo is harmful for the country," PTI quotes Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala as saying. "Modi government's four years can be defined in four words - treachery, trickery, revenge and lies," he adds.
Surgical strikes showed govt's willingness to take on adversaries: Amit Shah
Amit Shah, during a press conference, said that with the 2016 surgical strikes conducted across the LoC, the government exhibited its political willingness to take on the country's adversaries. During the presser, the BJP president also listed the achievements of the NDA government on its fourth anniversary.
'Development became vibrant movement over last four years'
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on his government completing four years, listed some of its achievements, saying that over the last four years, development had become a "vibrant mass movement". "Over the last four years, development has become a vibrant mass movement, with every citizen feeling involved in India's growth trajectory. 125 crore Indians are taking India to great heights," he said on twitter, adding, "I bow to my fellow citizens for their unwavering faith in our Government. This support and affection is the biggest source of motivation and strength for the entire Government. We will continue to serve the people of India with the same vigour and dedication."
On this day in 2014, we began our journey of working towards India’s transformation.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 26, 2018
Over the last four years, development has become a vibrant mass movement, with every citizen feeling involved in India's growth trajectory. 125 crore Indians are taking India to great heights!
I bow to my fellow citizens for their unwavering faith in our Government. This support and affection is the biggest source of motivation and strength for the entire Government. We will continue to serve the people of India with the same vigour and dedication.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 26, 2018
Modi ended dynasty politics, says Shah
PM Modi has ended the politics of appeasement and dynasty, and ushered in politics of development, Shah said. 'Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ended politics of appeasement, dynasty and casteism, and ushered politics of development,' he said according to PTI.
BJP chief Amit Shah at the party headquarters in New Delhi on Saturday. (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)
Four years of NDA:
Talking about four years of the NDA, Shah said, 'TDP left but Nitish Ji came. Eleven more parties became part of NDA after 2014. Family of NDA has increased, not decreased. Only Chandrababu Ji (Andhra Pradesh CM) left.'
Amit Shah reacts to Rahul Gandhi's tweet
Reacting to Rahul Gandhi's scorecard, Amit Shah said, 'What else do you expect from Rahul Gandhi? He is in the opposition, he has to do this. Wo thodi na hamare bakhan karenge. We have presented facts and figures and anyone can challenge that.