Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Ministers DV Sadananda Gowda and Ananth Kumar with B S Yeddyurappa and other BJP leaders during a public rally in Davangere of Karnataka on May 29, 2016. (Photo: IANS)
DAVANGERE (KARNATAKA): Taking pot shots at those mocking at him for not doing "big things",
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday assured the people that he would
not allow the country walk to on the wrong path.
in air-conditioned rooms in Delhi criticise me for not doing 'big
things'. Previous governments did big things and took huge advantage of
them. But I will not commit the same sin or allow the country to walk on
the wrong path," Modi said at a public rally in this Karnataka textile
town, 260 km from Bengaluru.
Thanking the people for coming in
large numbers to the 'Vikas Parva' rally, organised by the party's
Karnataka unit to mark the two years of the BJP-led NDA government, Modi
said those in Delhi had no idea why people flock to his public meetings
in thousands even in sweltering summer heat.
"When people like
you give me so much love and affection, there is no need for me to walk
on the wrong path. My government has also decided to free the country
from middlemen," he said in his 40-minute speech in Hindi.
an account of his two year rule, Modi said his government had abolished
over a thousand archaic and outdated laws to free the people from legal
burden, while surveys have revealed that the government's biggest
achievement was the 'Swacch Bharat' campaign.
Also citing the
Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana, he said: "You don't even get a cup
of tea for Re.1, which I used to get when I sold tea. But people can get
life insurance schemes at Re.1."
Before the public meeting,
Modi launched the Ujjwala Yojana scheme to provide cooking gas
connections to the poor families in Karnataka, while noting that more
than three crore families have got cooking gas connections in last one
"Under the scheme, we will provide cooking gas connection
without security deposit to 50 million women from BPL (below poverty
line) households across the country in the next three years," he said.
that the scheme would improve health of women as they won't have to
inhale smoke from firewood for cooking food, Modi said studies have
shown that fumes from firewood were equivalent to smoke from about 400
"Cooking on gas is not only economical and
beneficial to women's health, but also helps us to conserve forest wood,
which is still used for cooking food in rural areas," he said.
gratitude to 1.13 crore consumers across the country for surrendering
cooking gas subsidy till date, Modi said there was a dramatic change in
mindsets, as evident from the overwhelming response to his appeal for
"People from even middle class are coming forward
to surrender the subsidy given on cooking gas cylinders. Their gesture
is helping the government in providing subsidised cooking gas connection
to women in poor households," he said.
Besides BJP state unit
president and former BJP chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, central
ministers from the state Ananth Kumar, D.V. Sadanada Gowda and
Siddeshwara, party leaders in the assembly and council, Jagdish Shettar
and K.S. Eshwarappa, respectively, were also present.