Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appealed to those who indulged in violence to protest against the amended citizenship law and said that such people should ask themselves whether their path is right. “They should ask themselves if this public property does not work for their children,” he said on Wednesday.
“You are working to your own disadvantage with violence incited by rumours,” the prime minister said, addressing unknown rioters at a function in Uttar Pradesh.
“Every citizen of the country has the right to get better public facilities but it is also his responsibility to protect them,” Prime Minister Modi said on the occasion of laying of the foundation stone of Atal Bihari Medical University at Lok Bhavan in Lucknow.
Modi said, “In future, we will be evaluated on two counts. First, how we solved the inherited problems and, second, how strong a foundation our efforts laid for the development of the nation. We inherited Article 370. We removed it and did it very easily. The solution to the Ayodhya case was found very easily. The people of the country welcomed these decisions.”
The prime minister said on the changed law that has irked a section of the demography, “Since independence, Hindu refugees (from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan) have been yearning for a dignified life. We have honoured them. We will continue to challenge obstacles in the same way.”
Uttar Pradesh has witnessed some of the worst instances of riots in the name of democratic and peaceful protests against the amended citizenship bill that has nothing to do with existing Indian citizens. The latest toll of riots victims in the state is 20.
Earlier, the prime minister had unveiled the statue of former Prime Minister, the late Atal Bihari Vajpayee, at Lok Bhavan and paid homage to him. He recalled, “Atal ji used to say that life can never be seen in pieces. Life should always be seen in totality. The same is true for the government; the same is true for good governance. Good governance is not possible until we see the problems in totality.”
Modi said, “Our government is working towards providing a dignified life to the common man. The poor are getting houses. They have got toilets. They have electricity connections. We have worked very fast in this direction. Good governance means raising the standard of lives of the poor.”
Modi hails Ayushman Bharat, Singh recalls Vajpayee
Prime Minister Modi said that the Ayushman Bharat Yojana was the biggest health scheme in the world, referring to the government’s work done for the betterment of health services. “So far 70 lakh people have availed this scheme. Till now, when a poor man had a serious illness, he thought it was better to wait for death because he did not want to put his family in debt, but he has got new life from Ayushman scheme. About 11 lakh people in Uttar Pradesh have taken advantage of this scheme,” the prime minister said.
Modi said that a large number of medical seats had been increased in the last five years and about 75 new medical colleges had been approved.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Governor Anandi Ben Patel, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and many senior BJP leaders and workers were present on the occasion.
On the occasion of unveiling the statue of Vajpayee, Singh said, “Atal ji always kept the national interest above party interest. He even praised the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for India’s victory in the 1971 war with Pakistan.”
[Editor’s note: During an interview, Vajpayee had denied he ever referred to Indira Gandhi as “Durga”]
The defence minister said that the first prime minister of the country, Jawaharlal Nehru, had said years ago that he thought this person (Vajpayee) may one day become the Prime Minister of India. Singh said, “Atal ji used to say that the game of power would go on, parties would be built and destroyed, but this country should remain. This country should remain a democracy.”
Singh praised Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and called the statue of Vajpayee bhavya (grand).
On the occasion, Yogi said in his address, “Atal ji‘s dream was to make the benefits of government schemes reach the ordinary citizens of the country. The central and state governments are working with this resolve. I pay tribute to Atal ji.”