INDIA: While rejecting opposition allegations of the government misusing probe agencies, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that elections continue to be held in the country and that these agencies operate in accordance with their mandates.
Speaking of corruption, he stated that it has a negative impact on the country, and that action by investigative agencies in such cases counts in the national treasury, for which the government should be commended.
Taking a jibe at the allegations of opposition parties, he said that the government does not interfere in the working of these agencies and suggested that these parties should agree to simultaneous polls to stop complaining.
“If there are elections in between, what can they do? They follow their timetable. Whenever they get information, they follow it up. The government does not have any role in it,” he added.
“Corruption in India is affecting the country like termites. Haven’t people raised their voices against such people from time to time? If I do not do anything, will the people forgive me? Where ever the government gets information (about corruption) should it not take steps? And after this, if billions and trillions of rupees are coming to the treasury of the country, then I should be praised,” said PM Modi.
Stressing on the importance of regional development, the Prime Minister said, “A nation like India where the social system is diversified if we manipulate social justice, then it will harm the country. For this reason, the person even from the most marginalized section of the society should get the opportunity for development. Just like social justice in society, the country cannot develop if any part lags behind. We should have holistic and inclusive development. There should be development for all”.
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