New Delhi: Hitting out at the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said people with “big surnames” ruled the country but India could not prosper despite having the best talent and natural resources.

He also alleged that poverty was not alleviated as it could hit the “vote bank” of parties in the past.

Addressing the ‘Jagran Forum’ organised by the Dainik Jagran media group, the prime minister said, “People with big surnames came to power and went but no solution could be found to problems.”

Claiming that India has witnessed unprecedented growth and development under his tenure, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday blamed the “lack of intent” of previous governments making the nation lag behind in all aspects until the BJP came to power in 2014.

“Despite skilled human resources and abundant natural resources the country was far from developed. The reason was not lack of resources but lack of intent, lack of compassion, lack of work culture,” said Modi.

Modi was addressing the 75th anniversary of Hindi daily “Dainik Jagran” here, during which besides, crediting the media for playing a major role in nation building, the Prime Minister dedicated most of his over 30 minutes speech in emphasising how his government in merely four years has ushered in all-round progress and put India in world reckoning.

In an obvious reference to the Congress, which ruled the country for nearly six decades, Modi said the previous governments never intended to work for the masses for the sake of their “politics of vote-bank and appeasement”.

Enumerating his government’s various schemes and projects and informing how the country has seen “unprecedented progress” in all fields, Modi said: “If the previous governments had done all this work, then how would they have pursued the politics of vote-bank, their politics of appeasement”.

Modi praised the media’s role in turning his pet schemes ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ and ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ into national movements.

Modi said the country had targets but lacked commitment and passion. “If poverty was alleviated, how would the slogan of ‘garabi hatao’ be given … it would hit vote bank politics,” the prime minister said.