RAJKOT (GUJARAT): The Central government has done nothing in the last 8 years which could have made citizens hang their heads in shame, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told a gathering here on Saturday as he set the ball rolling for BJP’s campaign for the Assembly polls later this year.
On a two-day tour in his home state which is being seen as a precursor to the BJP’s official campaign launch, the prime minister inaugurated a multi-specialty hospital in Atkot, around 50 kilometres from Rajkot.
The new hospital will make available high-end medical equipment and provide world-class healthcare facilities to the region’s people, he said.
Addressing a public rally after the event, PM Modi said, “It is because of your ‘sanskar’ and sanskar of this holy land of revered Bapu (Mahatma Gandhi) and Sardar Patel that nothing was done in the last 8 years, not even by mistake, that could have made any citizen of the country to bow his head.”
Commenting on the NDA government completing 8 years in power, the prime minister said that no stone was left unturned in the service of the motherland.
In these years, service to the poor, ‘sushasan’ (good governance) and ‘gareeb kalyan’ (welfare of the poor) were accorded the highest priority, PM Modi said, adding that the mantra of ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas Sabka Vishwas Sabka Prayas’ gave a push for the nation’s development.
He informed the gathering that his government has taken every measure to assuage the impact of the Russia-Ukraine war on the lives of ordinary Indians.
Eying to woo influential Patels, the prime minister, speaking in Gujarati, complimented the community for their great contribution to public service. “Identity of Saurashtra (which is dominated by the Patel community) is the courageous character of its people,” he said.
Recalling his days as the state chief minister in 2001, he said there were only 9 medical colleges, which has grown to 30. “I wish to see a medical college in every district of Gujarat and the country. We have changed the rules and now medical and engineering students can study in their mother tongue”, he said.
Striking a personal note, Prime Minister Modi further said that he understands poverty and how women of the family keep on working despite being unwell and avoid taking treatment so that the family is not inconvenienced.
“Today you have a son in Delhi who has ensured that no mother goes without treatment. That is why PMJAY scheme has been launched”, he said.
He will address a seminar of leaders of various cooperative institutions and also inaugurate a urea plant later on Saturday.