Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during the UK stopover of his three-nation tour, participated with the people in a townhall or public interaction on Wednesday. The event named 'Bharat ki Baat, Sabke Saath' was held at London's iconic Central Hall Westminister where PM Modi answered questions from participants from around the world.
Responding to a question, PM Modi said people of country have more expectations from his Government because of the fact that they know it will be done. "People know that when they say something, the Government will listen and do it," PM Modi, who described himself as the 'sevak' (servant) of 1.25 crore Indians, said.
Earlier in the day, PM Modi met his British counterpart Theresa May and discussed issued various issues, including terrorism and immigration. PM Modi also raised the issue of economic offenders like Vijay Mallya and Lalit Modi. Modi also paid floral tributes at the bust of 12th century Lingayat philosopher and social reformer Basaveshwara at Albert Embankment Gardens on the banks of the river Thames.
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Top quotes of PM Modi during 'Bharat Ki Baat Sabke Saath' event:
- People are equivalent to Gods in a democracy and if they wish even a tea-seller can become their representative and shake hands at the Royal Palace.
- The person at the railway station was Narendra Modi. The person at the Royal Palace in London is the sevak of 125 crore Indians.
- Impatience is not a bad thing. If a person has a cycle, then he/she aspires for a scooter. If a person has a scooter, he/she aspires for a car. It is human to aspire. India is getting increasingly aspirational.
- People have more expectations from us because they know that we can deliver. People know that when they say something, the Government will listen and do it.
- During the freedom struggle, Mahatma Gandhi turned it into a mass movement. Today the need of the hour is to make development a mass movement.
We believe in peace. But we will not tolerate those who like to export terror. We will give back strong answers and in the language they understand. Terrorism will never be accepted. Those who like exporting terror, I want to tell them that India has changed and their antics will not be tolerated. We informed Pakistan about surgical strike before announcing it in India.
I do not need to read books to understand poverty. I have lived in poverty, I know what it is to be poor and belong to the backward sections of society. I want to work for the poor, the marginalised and the downtrodden. I want to empower poor people. We can't help them just by slogans like 'gareebi hatao'.
If we have a million problems then we have a billion people too who can solve them. The 125 crore people of India are my family.
The issue of crime against women is worrying. It should not be politicised.
I can affirm that we left no stone unturned in doing good for the country on any parameter. Before 2014, newspapers used to have headlines 'aaj itna gaya', today's news is 'Modiji kitna aaya'?
Pichle 20 saal se main daily 1kg-2kg gaali (abuses) khaata hu.
- The world has now started looking at India with respect. The power of Indian passport has increased.
- For 70 years, no Indian PM visited Israel. What prevented Indian Prime Ministers from going to Israel? I will go to Israel and I will even go to Palestine. I will further cooperation with Saudi Arabia and for the energy needs of India I will engage with Iran too.
- Criticism is important in democracy. People should criticise the government, it makes democracy strong. Criticism is good for democracy but allegation is dangerous.
I was not born with an aim to be in history books. I request you all to remember our country and not Modi. I am just like you all, a common citizen of India.