Row over 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' created to divert govt from its agenda of development: Naidu

Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday said the controvery on 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' has been created to divert the government from its agenda of development and good governance.

IANS| Updated: Apr 06, 2016, 22:27 PM IST

 New Delhi: Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday said the controvery on 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' has been created to divert the government from its agenda of development and good governance.

"Development is our main agenda. Nothing else only development and good governance. Fast development and overall development. Some people are trying to divert us from the agenda...Some people are making controvery over all the issues. Some people have objections with 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' also. I am surprised," he said while inaugurating ?Swachh Sauchalay? in an east Delhi market.

"Bharat Mata does not means the land. It means all the people living in this country irrespective of their caste, creed, sex and religion...Bharat maa does not mean the mother of Hindu, Muslim Christian, forward and backward people. Bharat Mata ki jai means jai of all the people of the country. There should not be any objection to this," he added.

Speaking on the JNU issue, he said some people went to the varsity to show their "sympathy" with the students who were shouting slogans against India.

"Even without knowing what the issue was, some people went to the campus...And abused the Prime Minster," he said.

"There was slogan for want of freedom from corruption. The country is free from corruption for the first time after so many years. There has been no scam since the last one year. Earlier, you had heard of scams like coal, spectrum and CWG scams," he said.

"They want freedom from hunger. They are raising slogan and went to those who have ruled for 50 years. They are raising slogans against those who are trying to bring down the hunger," he said.

He said the Modi-government is working for the upliftment of the poor and does not believe in only announcement of the schemes.