The BJP wrested Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh from the Congress, and retained Madhya Pradesh even after 18 years of rule, moving towards a two-third majority in the 230-member State Assembly.
Thanking the people for electing a stable government for two consecutive terms, President Droupadi Murmu on Tuesday asserted that the ”decisive government” has always kept the country’s interest paramount and shown the will-power to completely transform the policies and strategies when required.
”From surgical strike to a firm crackdown on terrorism, from a befitting response to every misadventure from LoC to LAC, from abrogation of Article 370 to Triple Talaq, my government has been recognised as a decisive government,” she said opening the Budget session of Parliament.
The biggest change the people have witnessed during the nine years tenure of the Modi Government, the President said, was that every Indian’s confidence was at its peak and the world’s outlook towards the country too has changed.
”India which once looked at others for solutions to most of its problems is today emerging as a provider of solutions for the issues faced by the world,” she said addressing members of both Houses of Parliament.
In her 19-page address, she dealt with all major issues confronting the nation, including corruption, the economic situation, various development schemes of the government for the poor, the Ukraine conflict and foreign policy.
Asserting that the long-felt urge to get rid of the scourge of mega scams and corruption in government schemes was now being realised, Murmu said the debate today was no longer about policy paralysis. Instead, the country was being recognised for its rapid development and the far-sightedness of its decisions, she noted and pointed out that India has now become the fifth largest economy in the world, up from the tenth spot.
”Today India has a government which is stable, fearless, decisive and working with lofty ambitions. Today India has a government that respects the honest. Today India has a government working for permanent solutions to the problems of the poor and their lasting empowerment. Today India has a government working at an unprecedented speed and scale. Today India has a government which is moving forward confidently to play its rightful role on the global stage,” President Murmu said.
She was of the view that it was due to the stability and decisiveness of the government that India was able to deal with Covid-19, the biggest calamity in 100 years and the situation that arose thereafter.
The President said the government was of the firm opinion that corruption was the biggest enemy of democracy and social justice. Therefore, there has been a relentless fight against corruption in the last few years. ”We have ensured that the honest will be honoured in the system. There is increasing social consciousness in the country that there should be no sympathy for the corrupt in the society,” she added.
‘Poverty eradication’, she said, was no longer just a slogan. Now the government was working towards empowering the poor by providing a permanent addressal to their concerns.
”My government has fulfilled the wishes of each such section of society which has been deprived for centuries. We have fulfilled the wishes of the poor, Dalits, backwards and tribal communities and given them the courage to dream. No work, no effort is small, and each has its role in development,” she said.
Underlining that the woman of India was neither inferior nor weak compared to anyone else, Murmu said her immortal glory would never disappear for ages and remain forever in the whole world. ”All the welfare schemes launched by my government have at the centre of them a vision to make life easier for women, provide new opportunities for employment and self-employment to women and ensure women empowerment. For the upliftment of women, even when the old beliefs and old traditions had to be broken, the government has not backed down,” she added.