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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday stepped up his attack on the Congress, alleging that the opposition party is “outdated” and “out-of-warranty” and is creating narratives that seek to divide the nation.
Replying to the debate on the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address in Rajya Sabha, the prime minister again expressed confidence of winning a third consecutive term and outlined his vision for the next five years, saying the Modi 3.0 government will put all its might in making India a developed nation.
“The third term of our government is not far away. Some people call it Modi 3.0. Modi 3.0 will put its all might to strengthen the foundation of ‘Viksit Bharat’,” the prime minister said.

“Confident of third term”

New Delhi: Confident of securing a massive majority in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday outlined his vision for his next five-year term saying the Modi 3.0 government will put all its might to strengthen the foundation of ‘Viksit Bharat’ or a developed nation.
Coming down heavily on previous Congress-led governments of mismanagement of the economy, Modi told Rajya Sabha his government in the past 10 years has worked for development of all sections of the society. He said India has moved out of ‘Fragile Five’ during the Congress-led UPA government to be among the top five economies of the world.
“Sabka saath is not a slogan, it is Modi’s guarantee,” the prime minister said in his spirited 90-minute reply to the discussion on motion of thanks to the President’s address in the Rajya Sabha.
The government, he said, aims to make India a developed nation (Viksit Bharat) by 2047, when the country completes 100 years of Independence.
“Vikshit Bharat is not a word play, but it is our commitment…,” Modi said while outlining an ambitious roadmap for the next five years.
The Modi government is completing its second five-year term and next general elections are due in April-May.
“Third term of our government is not far away. Some people calls it Modi 3.0. Modi 3.0 will put its all might to strengthen foundation of ‘Viksit Bharat’,” the prime minister said. Elaborating on his vision for the next five years, Modi said all flagships programmes, like PM Kisan, PM Awas Yojna, free ration, Auyshman Bharat, and cheaper medicines (Jan Aushadhi Kendra), will continue.
He said India will witness many fold increase in number of doctors as well as medical colleges. The prime minister said the medical treatment will become more accessible and cheaper. He promised to cover the entire nation with piped gas network, tap water in poor households, and no power bill through use of solar power.
Modi said India will see more startups, one lakh unicorns, record number of patents, best universities, greater participation in international sports, transformation in public transportation, and bullet trains.
In Modi 3.0, the prime minister said, India will be extensively using AI, nano-fertilizers, green technologies, natural farming, and supper food.
He said India will make remarkable progress in the semiconductors sector, electronic goods, and green hydrogen.

In his 90-minute speech, considered his last in Parliament before Lok Sabha polls, Modi targeted the Congress saying there is public anger against the party because of its deeds and pointed to its dwindled strength in Lok Sabha.
“The Congress has been against Dalits, backwards, tribals and had it not been for Babasaheb Ambedkar, they would not have got any reservation,” the prime minister said, picking up from where he left off in his reply in Lok Sabha on Monday.
Citing a letter written by Jawaharlal Nehru to chief ministers, Modi said it clearly states that the first prime minister was against reservation of any kind, especially in jobs, as it adversely affected the functioning of the government.
“The Congress which never gave complete reservation to OBCs, which never gave reservation to the poor of the general category, which did not consider Baba Saheb worthy of Bharat Ratna, kept giving Bharat Ratna only to its family. They are now preaching to us,” he said.

The PM’s remarks came in the backdrop of the Congress accusing the Modi government of running away from a caste census and promising to remove the 50 per cent cap on reservation.
Modi said the party that gave up “large chunks of the country’s land to an enemy nation is now giving sermons to us on internal security.”
“The Congress which had openly strangled democracy in its greed for power, the Congress which had dismissed democratically elected governments dozens of times overnight, the Congress which had even tried to lock newspapers, now that Congress has started creating the narrative of breaking it,” he alleged
He lamented that “now statements are being made to break the country into north and south”.
“I’m convinced that this party is outdated in terms of thinking, and therefore they have outsourced their work,” Modi said.
Modi said his first two terms have gone in removing and grappling with the problems that gripped the nation due to the long rule of the Congress, which he alleged knew of the “disease” but did nothing to resolve it.
“Vikshit Bharat is not a wordplay, but it is our commitment,” Modi said while outlining an ambitious roadmap for the next five years.
“The country will not listen to those whose warranty has expired. The one who has shown the power of guarantee will be trusted by the nation,” Modi said in his speech in Hindi.
Elaborating on his vision for the next five years, Modi said all flagship programmes like PM Kisan, PM Awas Yojna, free ration, Ayushman Bharat, and cheaper medicines (Jan Aushadhi Kendra), will continue.
The prime minister said the medical treatment will become more accessible and cheaper. He promised to cover the entire nation with piped gas network, provide tap water in poor households, and no power bill through the use of solar power.
Modi said India will see more startups, one lakh unicorns, a record number of patents, the best universities, greater participation in international sports, transformation in public transportation, and bullet trains.
In Modi 3.0, the prime minister said, India will be extensively using AI, nano-fertilizers, green technologies, natural farming and super food. He said India will make remarkable progress in the semiconductors sector, electronic goods, and green hydrogen.
In an apparent swipe at Rahul Gandhi, Modi called him “Yuvraj” and said the Congress is trying to make him a “Start-Up” but he is a “non-starter” who is neither being lifted nor is being launched.
“The Congress’ thought process has become outdated and it has outsourced its work. We are not happy at such a downfall of the party and we express our sympathies,” he said.
The Congress does not have the guarantee of its own leader and policy but is questioning Modi’s guarantee, he said.
Accusing the Congress of creating fresh narratives that seek to divide the country, the prime minister said the party and its government in Karnataka should stop attempting to create a north and south divide as it jeopardises the country’s future.
Modi was referring to the protest by the Congress led by Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in Delhi over alleged “injustice” meted out by the Centre on devolution of tax share to the state.
“Today I want to share my pain on a specific matter…The way language is being spoken these days to break the country, these new narratives are being made for political gains.
“An entire state is speaking this language, nothing can be worse for the country than this… And it is very painful that such language is emerging from a national party, it is very sad,” he noted.
He said the country is one and not separate parts. “But there is an attempt to break this. ‘Hamara tax hamara money’, (Our tax, our money) what is this language being spoken?
“This nation is not just a piece of land for us. It is like the human body,” he said, noting that if one body part does not work, the entire body is handicapped, and if any part of the country is left without development, the country cannot become developed.
“If there is pain somewhere, the hand doesn’t say that the thorn is in the foot and it doesn’t concern me.” If there is pain anywhere in this country, it should be felt by everyone, Modi said.
He said the Congress-led UPA’s 10-year rule at the Centre during former prime minister Manmohan Singh’s tenure was marked by “policy paralysis” while India’s economy was in ‘Fragile Five’.
Quoting Singh, Modi said he had stated about his own tenure that growth had slowed down, fiscal deficit increased and inflation had risen.
He said Singh had also stated that “There is widespread anger across the nation regarding the misuse of public office”.
Modi said President Droupadi Murmu, in her address in Parliament, talked about solving the problems of the four largest sections of society — the poor, farmers, the youth and women.
The prime minister said the Congress was aware of the problems facing the country but did nothing to resolve them.
“We have come out of a difficult time and have brought the country out of its problems,” the PM said.
Modi said the Congress was inspired by the British and that is why it continued with the symbols of slavery for decades.
“The Congress gave such narratives that those following Indian traditions were looked down upon,” he said.
Noting that a “challenge” to Congress has come from West Bengal that it will not be able to cross 40 seats, he said, “I pray you can save 40. We have been listening to your every word with great patience and humility. But even today you have come prepared not to listen.”
“But you cannot suppress my voice. The people of the country have given strength to this voice,” Prime Minister Modi said.

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