Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday attacked those questioning his government’s performance, asserting it had launched over 700 schemes and vowing to pursue development without treading the "path of sin" even if it meant some tasks remained undone.
Describing development as his "dream, path and destination", he pledged to root out middlemen from the system as he charged the previous government with having "yielded to the pressure from various lobbies".
"I may be asked why Modi doesn’t do big things? Earlier governments have done big things, they did it for big people, they reaped big benefits out of it. Do I have to commit such sin?" Modi asked, addressing a public meeting here as part of ‘Vikas Parv’ (festival of development) on completion of his government’s two years in office.
As the crowd shouted "no" in response, Modi said, "When people like you bless me and show affection towards me. I don’t have to go on that path of sin. No matter if one or two works don’t happen, but I will not let this country to go on the path of sin. This is my promise to you."
"In this journey of development, I want your help and cooperation. Development is my dream; development is my path; development is my destination; development is my aim; development is my strength; development is my inspiration; and on that basis, I want to take the nation to new heights and for this I need your help and cooperation and blessings," he said.
Slamming his critics who "started questioning his work" even when he had not even seen his office or Parliament properly, Modi said his government’s programmes were mostly for the benefit of the poor and farmers, besides ending the role of middlemen, including in jobs.
"My government had not completed even one week in office and some people started questioning its work. We were asked to give an account of our work. There are some people in this country who talk of democracy but don’t believe in the government elected by the people. They cannot digest (NDA coming to power). They wonder where from I came. I have come from this land, from among you," he said.
Making a passing reference to his call for ‘Congress mukt Bharat’ (Congress-free India), Modi said the people had now taken that task into their own hands.
"People of this country have taken the responsibility of making India Congress free, while my government has decided to make India free of middle men. We do not want middle men, it is they who have looted the poor and the country," he told the well-attended public meeting.
"Middlemen have been stopped from getting richer. This is the change we have brought in. We have done the work of bringing more than 700 schemes in past two years," the Prime Minister said.