Addressing partymen at the BJP headquarters in Delhi, where he was felicitated by a large number of partymen on his third successive victory in Gujarat, Modi said if the country was reporting growth is was due to the growth by only some states.
“It is unfortunate for the country that there is a sense of sadness and pessimism. You are leading the nation into further pessimism. There is no thought, no action plan, no leadership and no political will to take the country forward,” Modi said to a cheering crowd.
Taking a dig at the lower growth projections, the Gujarat Chief Minister said it was unfortunate that the government of India has given growth projections of 8.2 per cent now, against 7.9 per cent achieved last year.
“The whole nation has been called together only for taking the nation 0.3 per cent forward,” he rued.
Claiming that Gujarat was moving forward at more than 11 per cent growth rate, Modi said, “there is a lot of mismatch” in the country.
Promising to steer Gujarat to further progress, Modi promised to take the state forward to a level comparable with China. “If China can show its strength in the manufacturing sector, why can’t Gujarat do it,” he said.
With over 65 per cent of the nation comprising of the youth, he lamented that the country’s leadership for failing to involve them in the growth of the nation.
He also slammed the government for not coming out with biannual performance reports on the 20-Point programme after none of the Congress or UPA-ruled states emerged among the top five performing states and said Gujarat has been on top with stellar performance.
“It is difficult to expect or hope anything from the (Central) government,” he said.
Thanking his party and workers for the support extended to him in ensuring his victory in three consecutive elections, he told partymen that “there is no alternative to hard work”.