Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday vowed to continue his fight against corruption at the National Executive meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In his speech, he reportedly said that his government has zero tolerance towards corruption and hailed the government for the settlement with China on the Doklam standoff. PM Modi added that for him said the party comes second, India is first.
He also laid out the achievements of his government and said that they managed to solve the Doklam standoff peacefully, which surprised many. Highlighting the key points of PM Modi’s speech, union finance minister, Arun Jaitley, said, “The main point of PM’s speech was that we should take BJP beyond elections and make it an instrument of mass participation.” “PM said sometimes opposition uses harsh words when there is no specific allegation, but harsh language can’t be a substitute for the substantive charge,” Jaitley added.
Earlier in the morning, BJP national president Amit Shah lauded the government’s efforts to strengthen the economy and hailed its actions like demonetisation and introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST). Shah also slammed Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi over his statement on dynasty politics in the country and accused him of criticising the government on foreign land.
“What was the state of the economy in 2014? This was acknowledged by many well-known economists. The fiscal deficit was around 4.9 percent, Current Account Deficit was around five percent, rate of inflation was close to double-digit figures and growth rate was about 4 to 4.5 per cent down. The value of rupee was also dropping. There was a policy paralysis,” Union Minister Piyush Goyal quoted Amit Shah as saying.