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I consider ‘bhagidar’ comment a compliment: PM

PTI Lucknow | Updated on July 28, 2018 Published on July 28, 2018

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi with UP CM Yogi Adityanath, at a function, in Lucknow on Saturday. - Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today hit back at Congress president Rahul Gandhi for his ‘chowkidar-bhagidar’ remarks, saying he took the remark as a compliment.

“These days I am dubbed as ‘bhagidar’ (partner) and not ‘chowkidar’ (watchman). I feel honoured to be a ‘bhagidar’ of the problems of the poor,” the prime minister said, referring to Gandhi’s insinuation that he was a ‘collaborator’ in graft.

“I take this allegation as a an honour, I am proud to be a ‘bhagidar’ of the pain suffered by the poor, the hard working labour class, the agony of a sad mother, a poor farmer whose crops get destroyed by natural calamities, of soldiers who brave bone-chilling weather as well as scorching heat,” he said.

Modi was speaking at an event here to mark the third anniversary of three government initiatives related to urban development.

In his 30-minute address, Modi said by 2022, the government will provide a roof to all homeless people.

“I am a ‘bhagidar’ of that poor family which is forced to sell his land for medical treatment, of the homeless, of illiterate children, and of the unemployed,” he said.

In a attack on Modi on a range of issues, including the controversial Rafale jet deal, Rahul Gandhi said during the recent debate on the no-confidence motion against the government that the prime minister had promised to be a ‘chowkidar’ but had become a ‘bhagidar’

Modi was speaking at a programme on “Transforming Urban Landscape”, marking the third anniversary of three key government initiatives related to urban development -- Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban), Atal Mission for Rejuvenation of Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and the Smart Cities Mission.

He slammed the previous non-UP governments before Yogi Adityanath took over as the chief minister for their work culture.

“I know how people used to live earlier. That is because they (those in power) had a one-point programme, which was how to decorate their bungalows,” Modi said, apparently referring to a row after former CM Akhilesh Yadav vacated his official accommodation.

Published on July 28, 2018
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