Thursday, 16 August, 2018

PM Modi bats for simultaneous Lok Sabha, assembly, local body polls

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Ellis Copeland | 20 January, 2018, 06:52

On expectations of a populist budget being in the offing ahead of the next general elections, Modi said the only focus of his government is "development, development and development, whether it is the first or the last budget and whether there are elections or not".

Announcing details of Modi's visit to the Swiss resort for the World Economic Forum (WEF), secretary (economic relations) in the External Affairs Ministry, Vijay Gokhale said, "It will be a 24 hour visit but a very focused one".

Speaking about various government schemes, the Prime Minister said that in the last one year, more than 70 lakh people have joined the EPFO and over 10 crore people have benefited from the Mudra scheme, under which almost Rs 4 lakh crore has been disbursed.

In an interview given to Zee News on Friday, the Prime Minister said, "If you measure the work done by our government in these four years by only these two parametres, it is unfair". "Logically speaking, holding different elections in different dates creates the burden on the exchequer".

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Modi's renewed pitch for simultaneous elections comes at a time when a think-tank headed by BJP Rajya Sabha member Vinay Sahastrabuddhe organised a seminar on "one nation, one poll" over the weekend in Mumbai. But, what I have observed is that there has been negligible criticism (of GDP) and more allegations. Everything should be analysed.

PM Modi also spoke about the dangers of caste politics, saying it has been India's misfortune to be afflicted with this phenomenon. "The good work should be praised and shortcomings should be criticised". PM Modi was also asked about the criticism he faced when GDP growth came down. Interestingly, US ambassador to India Kenneth Juster had recently said India could become an alternative hub for American businesses in the Indo-Pacific region as a number of US companies are facing some difficulties in doing business in China.

"Asked about whether he is confident of winning the 2019 elections, he said "I don't waste time thinking about elections".

He added: "Our government provided electricity in 18,000 villages, installed 28 crore LED bulbs, which saved thousands of megawatts of electricity and saved electricity bill worth Rs 14,000 crore, provided insurance to 18 crore poor people at 90 paisa. I have to worry about 125 crore people".

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