Defence Minister Rajnath Singh believes India’s PM Narendra Modi is following in the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi, who wished to see the country strong, prosperous and clean.
“Gandhiji was a great freedom fighter who envisioned a strong, prosperous, clean India. Our government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is following the footsteps of the Father of the Nation,” he said during the inauguration of a 10-feet tall statue of Mahatma Gandhi near Rajghat in the capital.
“Schemes such as Jan Dhan Yojana, Ayushman Bharat, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana and Swachh Bharat are based on his ideas,” he was quoted as saying.
According to a release, he called Gandhiji not just a freedom fighter but also an economic thinker who believed, “The world has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed.”
“Ever since our government came to power, our endeavour is not only to uplift the people belonging to the weaker sections but also to empower them. Growth of all sections alike will strengthen the country’s security landscape,” said the defence minister.
Remembering the contributions of other leaders, too, such as Babasaheb B R Ambedkar and Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay, he said they worked tirelessly for the marginalised sections.
“These great people are the guiding light for our government. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ is built on their dreams,” he told a media section.
“Our ideology is of peace, social harmony, unity, and bringing about a change based on development,” he added
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