Mhow: PM Narendra Modi on Thursday addressed a gathering in Madhya Pradesh's Mhow (Babasaheb's birthplace) on the ocassion of Dr BR Ambedkar's 125th birth anniversary. Here are top 10 quotes from the PM's speech:-
1- "I am fortunate that I am here to salute the place where the great Dr Ambedkar was born."
'Babasaheb synonymous to determination'
2- "Babasaheb Ambedkar ek vyakti nahi the, vo ek sankalp ka naam the. (He was not just a person; Babasaheb was synonymous to determination). Babasaheb Ambedkar fought against injustice in society; his fight was for equality and respect."
'I became PM because of Babasaheb'
3- "Ek aisa vyakti jiski maa mein bartan saaf karti ho, wo beta agar pradhaan mantri ban paaya toh uska credit Babasaheb ko jaata hai." (If a person, whose mother my mother used to clean dishes, can become Prime Minister, then the entire credit goes to Babasaheb)
Attack on Mamata Banerjee govt
4- "Saradha type chit fund scams loot a lot of poor people, it's because our banks did not open doors for the poor. Now we have Jan Dhan Yojana."
Attack on Congress
5 - "6 dashakon se hamesha gareeb-gareeb karne waalon ne gareebon ke liye kya kiya?" (People who always claim themselves to be pro-poor, what did they do in the past 6 decades?)
'Gram Uday Se Bharat Uday'
6- "As far as developing our villages is concerned, a lot has to be done. Economic growth can't only happen in few cities. From 14 to 24 April 'Gram Uday Se Bharat Uday' movement is being held."
'Farmers can do wonders'
7- "Give our farmers adequate water and see the wonders our farmer can do. We want farmer incomes to double. Purchasing power of people in rural India has to increase and this will power India's economy."
'Digital connectivity for villages'
8- "Digital connectivity is essential in our villages. This is difficult to do, yes, but we need to make a start somewhere.
9 - "Our efforts towards rural electrification is being done very transparently. Garv App gives you real time progress."
Vote bank politics
10- "Vote bank ki politics karne walon ne samaaj ko tukdo mein baantne ke alava kuch socha nahin." (People, who are indulged in vote-bank politics, do nothing except dividing the society.)