Prime Minister Narendra Modi lashed out at his political rivals in Varanasi while addressing a public meeting after inaugurating a ‘Pashu Arogya Mela’ (cattle health fair) in his Lok Sabha constituency.
The PM said that for BJP, politics was not for the sake of votes as it considered the country’s development as the top-most priority.
On day two of his visit to Varanasi he also promised to double farm income and provide homes to the homeless by 2022.
He said his government had “waged a war” against black money and corruption, for which the poor has had to suffer because of “the loot” by the dishonest.
“Some politicians work only when it fetches them votes. But we have been brought up in a different culture. … For us, the nation is above all and it is our top-most priority, not votes,” Modi said.
Encouraging the farmers to adopt dairy and animal husbandry as alternate sources of income, Modi said such initiatives would lead to “a new path of progress” that would not only raise farmers’ income but also the overall income.
He also praised Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for organising health treatment for cattle programme where cattle were brought from different places and specialist doctors treated them.
“I hope such programme for health of cattles will be held across the state through which we will take care of cattle of poor. It will be a relief for them,” he said.
Maintaining that crores of families are still homeless, he said the government has decided to provide each of the urban and rural poor, a shelter by 2022 when the country celebrates 75th year of independence.
“When crores of houses are built across the country, it will require bricks, cement, iron and wood. It will generate jobs for thousands and open up new avenues of income and employment,” the Prime Minister said.
Modi, who distributed Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana certificates to some beneficiaries, said “By 2022, every poor, whether in urban or rural area, will get a home. Building crores of homes will generate jobs and income.”
“If Modi will not take up such an arduous task, who else will,” he quipped.
He also targetted the erstwhile Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh for not providing to the Centre the list of homeless requiring houses in the state.
“The previous government had no interest in giving homes to the poor. After mounting pressure, they gave a list of only 10,000. But the current (Yogi Adityanath) government has given a list of lakhs of people to avail benefit,” Modi said.
Referring to his government’s cleanliness drive, he said toilets at home can save up to Rs 50,000 per annum as per a survey.
Modi said that his government kickstarted a big battle against blackmoney, corruption and dishonesty.
“A common honest man suffers as corrupt used to loot him. The campaign of honesty is going ahead like a festival. The way in which our trader brothers are associating with GST and Aadhar. Every penny of peole will be spent for their welfare. We are moving forward fast,” he said.
On the first day of his visit, Modi had inaugurated 17 infra projects worth over Rs 1000 crore including the Ramnagar-Samne Ghat bridge and the Balua Ghat bridge. He had also flagged off the third Mahamana Express train between Varanasi and Vadodara.
(With inputs from PTI)