NEW DELHI :
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government was facing pressure from around the world over its recent decision on Citizenship (Amendment) Act, or CAA, but the Union government would continue to take decisions that are important for the country.
This is the first time the prime minister has acknowledged that the government is facing pressure from many countries, which have expressed reservations on the government’s decisions regarding the religion-based CAA and abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir. Protests against the CAA are also continuing in several parts of the country.
Speaking at a public meeting at his Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi, Modi said that the government was committed to work for the betterment of the financially and socially weaker sections.
“The abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and (implementation of) Citizenship Amendment Act have been pending for a long time. People wanted these decisions to be taken. There is pressure from the world but we will continue to take decisions that are important for the development of the country," Modi said at the public meeting. Provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution, which accorded special powers to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, were abrogated by the government in August.
He also said that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party would give priority to those who have remained untouched by development for several years.
“The government is constantly striving and trying to reach to the downtrodden. The government wants to ensure that the fruits of development reach the financially and socially weaker sections. The aspirations of the poor have not been met for long but now things have changed, the Union government has resolved that betterment of poor will be given priority," Modi said.
At a different function, Modi said that the trust created for the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya will work expeditiously.
The government recently set up the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra trust on the Supreme Court’s directive to oversee the construction and management of the temple. Modi said that the government had transferred 67 acres of land in Ayodhya to the trust for the construction of the temple.
PTI contributed to this story.