Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 30 expressed gratitude to the people of the country as he completed nine years at the helm of the Central Government.
“Today, as we complete 9 years in service to the nation, I am filled with humility and gratitude. Every decision made, every action taken, has been guided by the desire to improve the lives of people. We will keep working even harder to build a developed India,” the PM posted in a tweet, adding that the affection of the people of the country gave him strength to work harder.
‘Uplifting the poor’
In another tweet, the PM shared the highlights of the government’s initiatives, noting that they strived to uphold the dignity and enhance the livelihoods of India’s poorest citizens. “Through numerous initiatives we have transformed millions of lives. Our mission continues — to uplift every citizen and fulfill their dreams,” he said.
Mr. Modi’s tweet linked to the website showcasing India’s development journey spurred by the BJP-led government over the past nine years. The PM also shared an article written by former President Ram Nath Kovind titled, “Nine years of hope, aspiration and trust”, and another by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman about how the government has overcome the challenge of change since 2014. Mr. Modi also highlighted an article written by External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar on India’s international image as a responsible development partner, a first responder, and a voice of the Global South.
Home Minister Amit Shah said that the Modi-led government has raised the standard of living of the poorest of the poor by giving them basic facilities such as housing, electricity, gas and health insurance. He maintained that, for the first time ever, the poor felt connected to the country’s development journey.
‘Global role model’
“While many developed countries are yet to emerge from the effects of the Corona pandemic, the rapidly growing Indian economy under the leadership of Modi ji has become a role model for the world. Taking modernity and cultural heritage together, Modi ji is working towards a self-reliant India with a determined spirit,” he added.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the PM for completing nine years in power, claiming that every Indian now feels safe both within and outside the country. “Whether it is the subject of internal security or external security, India has become completely strong on both the fronts. Defense production and exports are at a record level today. The work of modernisation of the forces is also going on at a fast pace,” Mr. Singh said.
Union Ministers Jyotiraditya Scindia, Piyush Goel, Nitin Gadkari, Mansukh Mandaviya, and Smriti Irani, along with BJP president J.P. Nadda, shared a video of the PM with highlights of the government’s achievements.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has also planned a month-long campaign from Tuesday to celebrate the ninth anniversary with various mass connect programmes and Prime Minister Modi himself is scheduled to address a rally in Ajmer in Rajasthan on Wednesday.