Prime Minister Narendra Modi today alleged that disgruntled NGOs and black-marketeers were conspiring to destabilise the government and “defame” him and asserted that he will not bow to any machinations.
He said “some people” were not able to digest the fact that a “chai wala” (tea seller) has become the Prime Minister and hence were conspiring all the time to bring him down.
“You would have seen in the recent past, there is attack on me all the time. Some people are continuously at it. They are not able to digest how Modi became the Prime Minister, how a ‘chai wala’ became the Prime Minister, they cannot swallow it,” a combative PM Modi said addressing a farmers’ rally Odisha’s Bargarh.
Without naming anybody or any specific instance, he said he had taken some steps because of which “these people are facing problems”.
He made the remarks while talking about the neem-coating of urea being done to avoid its pilferage and routing to chemical factories like in the past.
“Since we have done neem coating, will those chemical factories which were looting not be angry with Modi? If something is against Modi, will they not help it? Will they not shout against Modi,” he asked the gathering.
The prime minister said that NGOs receive money from foreign countries and his government was seeking the account.
“We said let it come but give account of the funds received. The moment we started asking for accounts, they all got together and said ‘Modi ko Maaro’, ‘Modi ko Maaro’ (hit Modi), he is seeking accounts from us,” he said and asserted that “the country needs to know where the money that comes in is being spent. It is in the law.”
He said since the government started asking for accounts, “they all (NGOs) got together and have been conspiring all the time how to finish Modi, how to remove Modi government and how to defame Modi.
“But my dear brothers and sisters, you have elected me to cure the country of this disease and I am doing this.
“Whatever they may say against me, I am not going to deviate from the path of the work you have entrusted me. I am not going to stop, or get tired and there is no question of bowing to it.”
The prime minister said he knows what is “irritating” and “pinching” his detractors but “we will not allow the country to be looted or destroyed.”
The prime minister focussed his speech on the initiatives of his government for the welfare of the farming community, including Irrigation scheme, Crop Insurance Scheme and Soil Health Card scheme.
He said even the Start-Up scheme launched by him recently could be used for the development of the agriculture sector as it was not confined to hi-tech sectors like IT only.
PM Modi said his government was giving thrust to the agriculture sector as he was convinced that the country can have 2nd Green Revolution in which Odisha and other eastern states should take the lead.
“I am your ‘pradhan sewak’. Can we all together, the Centre and the states, work to ensure that the farmers’ income is doubled by 2022, the 75th anniversary of the country’s Independence? Let us all make some contribution to fufill the dreams of those who fought for the Independence,” he said.