Stating that countries now want to engage in business with India, Union Minister M Venkiah Naidu on Sunday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made the country resurgent and regain its recognition.
Addressing a meeting here on the one year of the BJP-led NDA government, Naidu said when assuming office, it had "inherited" fiscal and current account among other "deficits" but introduction of radical reforms by the Modi government has steered the country’s economy back on track, he said.
"Now country after country wants to do business with India. Leaders of various countries are appreciating Modi, who few months after coming to power not only made India resurgent but also made the country regain its recognition," he said.
The Prime Minister’s achievements, Naidu said, included ending red tapism and rolling out red carpet to the investors even as he had increased the central allocation of funds from taxes to states in a move aimed at empowering local governments.
Further, underlining his government’s intent to bring back the black money stashed abroad, he referred to the laws brought by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in this regard.
On the issue of alleged imposition of Hindi, which had come under flak from allies like PMK, Naidu said that the government was not forcing anyone to learn the language but added that learning it would be useful for communication purposes.
Recalling his participation in anti-Hindi agitation, Naidu said he had "painted tar" on Hindi letters.
"Later on, when I became a BJP leader and went to Delhi, I learnt that I have painted tar only on my face," he said while underlining the importance of Hindi.
On opposition parties’ contention that they will not allow the Parliament to function if External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj did not resign over the Lalit Modi travel papers issue, Naidu said, "You can talk out or walk out, but it should be a break out."
On criticism against the International Yoga Day, he wondered what was the problem if the Prime Minister performed asanas and asked if preaching a good thing was wrong.