New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he will not dilute the land acquisition amendment bill in the face of a massive farmer’s protest held by the Congress party in the national capital on Sunday demanding the proposed changes be withdrawn.
In an address to members of Parliament (MPs) belonging to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Modi emphasised the need to take the “right message” directly to the people in order to counter the political campaign against his government.
“We want land to build houses for poor. It is the poor who need houses. Am I wrong in saying that people don’t have homes. Is it wrong to dream to say that poor have houses, electricity, water, hospitals and schools. All policies of the government are in this direction,” Modi said.
He said the BJP had always talked about the rights of the poor. “Our policies are directed to change the lives of the people. We want to build toilets, shouldn’t women get respect? I have asked all MPs to work in this direction,” Modi added.
Modi said then need for eradication of illiteracy and education of minorities, scheduled castes and scheduled tribes for the development of the country. “How will the country develop if the daughters in the minority community are not educated, daughters of SCs and STs remain uneducated?” Modi said.
In an attempt to take an aggressive stand, Modi said that it was the responsibility of the government to inform the people about its achievements. He said BJP leaders and MPs should also assure the people, especially those who are poor, that the government is working for them.
“There are some people who will continue to criticise the government. But we must make efforts to reach out to the people who want to listen to the good work of the government. Why should we try to convince the people who will only criticise the government?” the prime minister said.
“The government is on the front foot and doesn’t want to give a free hand to the Congress. PM Narendra Modi is trying to counter the mobilisation of people by the Congress. If the protest is the right of the opposition then dialogue is the right of the government,” said A.K. Verma, a Kanpur-based political analyst.
Parliament is set to reconvene on Monday for the start of the second half of the budget session.