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

21 January, 2018, 01:44 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Narendra Modi with Sudhir Chaudhary

Modi will be the first Indian prime minister to attend the WEF in 21 years, since when the economy has more than doubled to $2.3 trillion and become the world's seventh largest. It is natural that the world wants to talk directly to India and the world wants to hear directly from the horse's mouth about India's policies and potential.

"The country is always in the election mode". PM Modi was also asked about the criticism he faced when GDP growth came down. Asked if his government, which will present its final full-fledged budget on February 1, was getting ready for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, PM Modi said it was not about budget or elections and that his dispensation was focussed on development.

"The Japanese have reservations on certain issues because they have a concern that there is a difference in the culture and systems of Japan from the culture and systems in India", said Achal Khare, managing director of National High Speed Rail Corp Ltd (NHSRCL), the agency tasked to execute the bullet train project. That's the strength of democracy. "The good work should be praised and shortcomings should be criticised".

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On the Indian side, according to the Reuters report, firms such as UltraTech Cement, Larsen & Toubro, Bharat Heavy Electricals and Ambuja Cement may bid for construction, cement and other such contracts.

Replying to a query on big decisions like GST and demonetisation, the prime minister said these are not the only achievements of his government and there has been significant work in different areas.

However, the Prime Minister rued that at times there is less criticism and more allegations. Let there be a debate on it. Thousands of girls skipped schools because there were no toilets. "I can list so many things that Zee News will have to run my interview for the entire week", PM Modi said.

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He said that 10 crore people have benefited from the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana under which Rs 4 lakh crore has been given as loans to small entrepreneurs. When people discuss top three nations of the world, they take India's name as well.

"My work is to be the voice of 125 crore citizens and I am trying to do that honestly", he said.

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