BJP is Focusing on ‘Gareebi Hatao’ Says PM Narendra Modi in Odisha | Full Speech

Attacking Congress’ “gareebi hatao” slogan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday (June 2) said though intention of those who gave the slogan may have been good, the path they chose for delivering the promise was wrong. Addressing a rally in this coastal Odisha town on completion of two years of his government, he called for a ‘balanced’ development in the country and wondered why the eastern belt had remained backward despite being generously bestowed with natural resources. Pitching for development of Odisha, eastern Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar and Assam, Modi said his government was committed to the welfare of the poor people who would be at the centre of all schemes. Questioning former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s ‘gareebi hatai’ slogan, he said, “We have for the last 60 years heard the slogan of ‘gareebi hatao’. I do not doubt the intention of those who gave this slogan. The intention may have been good but the path they chose to eradicate poverty was certainly wrong because poverty, umemployment and disease grew.”

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