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Mathura: Presenting a report card as it were on the National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA’s) first year in government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday he had managed to end the cycle of corruption in the country. Not a single case of corruption had been brought against the government in the past year, he claimed.

Addressing a public meeting in Mathura, he tore into the previous Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government. “Delhi is considered to be the power centre of the country. But for long, there was a power circle of middlemen. In this government, there is no space for middlemen. Bad days and bad conditions for the country are over. There has been no charge of corruption against the government in the past year, no space for family-led corruption or corruption by a brother-in-law (a reference to charges against Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s brother-in-law Robert Vadra); the days of loot are over," he said.

Modi said when the NDA came to power, the issue of corruption was on top of everyone’s mind because ministers and bureaucrats alike were facing charges, with some even being sent to jail. “There was corruption in spectrum allocation and coal block allocation. I promised that I would be the pradhan santri, pradhan sevak and pradhan trustee of the country’s resources and not allow its loot," he said adding the country would have “sunk" had the NDA not come to power a year ago.

The Prime Minister stressed that his government was working for dalits, the financially weak and the downtrodden. He said the NDA would empower the financially weak to fight against poverty. It was towards this end that the government had started the Jan Dhan Yojana and the direct transfer of gas subsidies, which had reduced corruption and ensured money reached the intended beneficiaries.

Modi said 3 lakh farmers had committed suicide over the years and there was no reason why they should continue to suffer. He said there should be no politics over farmers in distress.

“Why shouldn’t farmers get power, seeds and better irrigation facilities? The government is in the process of making arrangements for urea for farmers. The programmes of soil health cards and irrigation facilities will help farmers. The government is also working towards inter-linking rivers," he added.

Referring to his drive on cleanliness, he stressed that every home should have a toilet. “It is the children of the poor who die due to lack of hygiene. We have to take the country to greater heights of development. There should be a toilet in every home. I am working to ensure that every poor person has a home by 2022 with a toilet, power connection and drinking water facilities. I will empower the poor to fight against corruption. I will not rest till the time I achieve this goal," he said.

Political analysts said while the government was making an effort to improve the lot of the poor, much more needed to be done.

“The government is saying a lot of things but benefits of these policies have not reached people yet. The government claims to have ended corruption but how far has it succeeded? Have the people started to benefit? There are policies on paper which look very good but they need to be implemented and it will take more time for these policies to benefit people," said S.K. Dwivedi, a political analyst and professor of political science at Lucknow University.

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