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Modi: We know how to take challenges head-on

Kicking off the BJP's campaign for Haryana Assembly election in Rohtak, Prime Minister Narendra Modi: Be it the matter of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh or serious water crisis, 130 countrymen have started looking for new solutions

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Rohtak: “Development, trust and big changes in the country have marked the 100 days of his government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday, asserting “we know how to take challenges head-on”.

Kicking off the BJP’s campaign for Haryana Assembly election, Modi told a rally here that 130 crore Indians were the inspiration behind the government’s major decisions in various fields from farm sector to national security and took a swipe at the opposition parties, saying they are still numb” from their Lok Sabha polls debacle.

Referring to Jammu and Kashmir, Modi said the country and the world had witnessed in the past 100 days that “India is challenging every challenge”, whether it is decades old or is of future. “I have come here in Haryana at a time when BJP-led NDA government is completing 100 days. In 100 days, some people could not understand, some people are in such a bad state that they are numbed because of the poll debacle,” he said at the BJP’s Vijay Sankalp (resolve to win) rally.

Incidentally, former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had in his last massive rally in the state praised the Modi government’s act of turning Article 370 defunct, suggesting that the nationalistic sentiment is quite popular in Haryana. His son Deepinder Hooda had broken ranks with the party leadership on this question too, as did several other young politicians from the Congress that has criticised the move.

“These 100 days have been of development, trust and big changes in the country. These 100 days have also been of decisiveness, dedication, good intention,” Modi said. “Whatever big decisions were taken in past 100 days, the inspiration behind them was only 130 crore Indians,” he said, adding, “because of your unprecedented support, the government could take major decisions from farm sector to national safety and security.”

The prime minister said several important laws have been passed in recent months, including to deal with terrorism and for protection of rights of Muslim women. He said a roadmap had been prepared to help different sectors with an intention to strengthen the economy and referred to the “historic decisions” for strengthening the banking sector.

This is only the beginning and its benefits will be felt in the coming time, Modi said. “We know how to take challenges head-on. Be it the matter of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh or serious water crisis, 130 countrymen have started looking for new solutions,” he said.

“We are into fulfilling the dreams and expectations of people of J-K and Ladakh with new thinking. Because of your inspiration, such promises which were made during polls, have now been honoured, he said in an apparent reference to the abrogation of Article 370,” the prime minister said in his speech.

Modi said the main priority of BJP governments, be it at the centre or in the states, was to take care of the interests of poor people and referred to steps being taken to ensure better health care, clean drinking water, farmers’ welfare and pension schemes. “We do not adopt a piecemeal approach but keep a big target in mind and take all-round steps,” he said.

A roadmap which was never there under previous governments has been prepared for the health sector, Modi said. The government is focusing on preventive health care services and working towards making health services cheaper and easy to avail, he said.

Modi said programmes like Swachh Bharat, Yoga, Ujjwala, Ayurveda and Fit India movement were contributing to controlling diseases.

The prime minister said that it was his government’s commitment that each house will get piped water by 2024 and work in this direction had already been started. “It has been decided that to conserve water and to ensure that water reaches each house, a sum of Rs 3.50 lakh crore will be spent in coming five years,” he said.

The prime minister also sought support from people in conserving water, urging them not to waste the precious resource and use it as per their requirements. “A lot still needs to be done,” said Modi. He said under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme, a total of seven crore farmers have benefited.

“In very little time, we have credited Rs 21,000 crore in the accounts of farmers,” the prime minister said. He said pension for traders and small shopkeepers would be started soon. “The government was making efforts to double the income of farmers by 2022,” he said.

The PM thanked all political parties for the record work done in the recent Parliament session. “In 100 days, there was one important development. The number of bills passed and the amount of work done in the last Parliament session was never seen in the past 60 years. MPs held debates and discussions on new laws while sitting late into the night,” he said.

Modi thanked the people of Haryana for the BJP’s win in all 10 Lok Sabha seats in the state.

At the end of the event, the prime minister tweeted, “Spent a great afternoon in Rohtak. Haryana has witnessed transformative changes in the last five years. Corruption and nepotism have disappeared. There is a culture of good governance and honesty. Here are pictures from the day’s programmes.”

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