New Delhi: Amid criticism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday stressed that his government was doing a good job and that results will be visible soon.
Addressing leaders on the last day of the three-day coordination meeting between the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) here, PM Modi said his government was working for the development of all.
While excerpts of Modi's speech were not available officially, the PM is reported to have said that his government had done a lot of work in the over one-an-a-half years that it has been in power.
The NDA government has taken several important decisions for the nation, Modi said in his speech that lasted for 15 minutes.
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Stating that he is a proud member of the RSS, Modi said he hopes to continue to receive guidance from the Sangh.
Shortly before PM Modi addressed the meeting, the RSS said that the Modi government was moving in the right direction with commitment and dedication.
The Sangh also rejected criticism that it was acting like a "remote control" and added, it was only giving "inputs" to ministers, who are swayamsevaks.
"Only 14 months have passed. There is more time and a lot more is to be done. Whatever has been done so far, the direction is right, dedication, commitment and achievements are good. We have to move forward. There cannot be 100 per cent satisfaction for everyone," RSS joint general secretary Dattatreya Hosabale told a press conference.
"We are not reviewing nor are we giving any message to the government. We are only sharing inputs," he said.
"We are not an illegal organisation. We are also citizens of the country. We have every right to ask ministers, who are also swayamsevaks. Where is the question of secrecy. Swayamsevaks have become ministers," he added.
The three-day "coordination" exercise brought RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and top Sangh leaders face-to-face with the top brass of the government and the BJP, including senior ministers. Prime Minister Modi participated towards the end of the dialogue.
Several Cabinet ministers of the Modi government made presentations at the meeting over the last three days prior to Modi's address.
Among the key issues on which presentations were made included internal security, Naxal problem and situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
Members of the RSS had earlier said that the discussions were aimed at charting a "course correction" for the Modi government which has been besieged by negative perceptions, needless controversies and political setbacks over the last one-and-a-half years.
Neither the BJP nor the RSS made any attempts to hide the agenda of the meeting which many opposition parties dubbed as an interference in the working of the central government.
The Congress had called the meet an attempt by the RSS and BJP to send across a message that the “remote control has turned into an overt control”.
“The actual boss is Mohan Bhagwat... This government is a puppet in the hands of the RSS," a news website quoted Congress leader Manish Tewari as saying.
(With Agency inputs)