Narendra Modi at the centenary year celebrations of Shri Sai Baba Samadhi in Shirdi | @BJP4India/Twitter
Narendra Modi at the centenary year celebrations of Shri Sai Baba Samadhi in Shirdi | @BJP4India/Twitter
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While addressing a gathering at Shirdi, PM Modi said the sole objective of Congress was to promote the ‘name of a particular family’

Shirdi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday targeted the previous Congress-led governments, saying they were “not serious” about poverty alleviation and their sole objective was to promote the “name of a particular family”.

Addressing a gathering here after launching several public welfare works, Modi sought to highlight the difference between his government and the previous governments and said the current dispensation was “working faster” on development and welfare projects.

Noting that Maharashtra has produced several reformers who ensured social harmony, Modi also called for defeating forces which divide communities for their political interests.

“In the last four years, the government has made serious efforts to provide proper houses to the poor living in shanties.

“Efforts were made in the past too. But unfortunately, their sole objective was to promote the name of a particular family, instead of empowering the poor by giving them shelter. Their aim was to create a vote-bank,” he said, in an apparent reference to the Nehru-Gandhi family.

“Our target is to ensure that there is not a single homeless person in India by 2022, when the country celebrates its 75th years of Independence. We are making serious efforts for the uplift of the poor,” he said.

The objective of the present government, Modi said, is only welfare of the poor. “Because of this, the poverty alleviation works have expedited,” he added.

Modi observed that the previous regime built only 25 lakh houses for the poor in its last four years of rule, while his government has constructed 1.25 crore houses in the same time span.

“It would have taken 20 years to construct 1.25 crore houses, had the previous government been still in power,” he said.

Modi also talked about the Centre’s Ayushman Bharat healthcare scheme and assured assistance to Maharashtra government in view of the water shortage caused by deficient rainfall.

Before his address, Modi performed puja at the Saibaba temple. He also participated in an event marking the conclusion of the year-long Saibaba Samadhi centenary programme organised by the Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust. He also issued a silver coin in the name of Saibaba. -PTI

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  1. Narrendra Modi while speaking he forgets where he is speaking and what he should speak. He was speaking at Shirdi celebrating 100 yrs of Sai Baba death. At least he should not be blaming a family supposedly his political rival but not the family. That is wrong and also the fact that poverty alleviation in India he is misleading people only to blow his own trumpet. that he should have seen the ranking of India as per the Global Hunger Index for 2018 which slipped down by 45 from 2014 to 2018. Also that Modi has not done any thing that he should boast of particularly in the sphere of providing housing. Modi must be reminded that while he was the Chief Minister of Gujrat and campaigning for 2013 assembly election where he was also the candidate had promised 5 lakh houses in five years and this year completes five years and all these years Narendra Modi was himself the CM and the rest of 4 years he is Prime Minister while Gujrat is ruled by his party and his nominee is the Chief Minister. Modi jee, let the nation know how many houses have been built and distributed in last 5 years? Nartendra Modi forgets that he is heading a country where 50% and more number of populations go to sleep without having meal. This is not my version but it is Sadhgurujee who while giving interview in NDTV 24/7 recently. Does he agree with Sadhgurujee?

  2. the modi bhai appears confused. He has mistaken poverty alleviation for the rich vs the generally accepted meaning of poverty alleviation. Further he is probably also confused about poverty creation for the poor vs poverty alleviation. During the last four year the government has thru crony capitalism and massive loan write offs for the rich ensured the gap between the rich and the poor is the highest ever in India.
    no other government has been able to create poverty like situations for the farmers , the poor as this government has been able to do. The consequences are yet to be felt – a completely fragmented society – divided by the rich and the poor – divided by religion – and united by the number of poor. This does not take into account the revised definitions of poverty as being considered by the world.


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