Kanpur, July 25
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday accused the opposition of obstructing development works that they could not complete during their tenure, while accusing them of putting their political interests above the society and the country.
Virtually addressing an event on the 10th death anniversary of former Samajwadi Party Rajya Sabha member Harmohan, Modi said, “At times, opposition parties put some hurdles in the work of the government as they do not implement the decisions taken by them while in power. able to do it.” Singh Yadav.
“Now, if they (the decision) are implemented, they oppose it. People of the country do not like it,” he said.
Recalling the words of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Modi underlined the primacy of the nation over party politics.
He said, “Parties exist because of democracy and democracy is because of the country. Most of the parties in our country, especially all non-Congress parties have followed this idea.”
“I remember the Indo-Pakistani war of 1971 when all the major parties stood shoulder to shoulder with the government. When the country conducted the first nuclear test, all the parties stood firmly with the government,” Modi said.
The Prime Minister said that when the country’s democracy was crushed during the Emergency, all the major parties came together to save the Constitution.
He asserted, “Chowdhary Harmohan Singh Yadav was also a ‘combatant soldier’ of that struggle. In other words, the interests of our country and society are bigger than our ideologies.”
“However, in recent times there has been a tendency to put ideology and political interests above the interests of the country and society,” he said.
Speaking on social justice, Modi said that every section of the society should get equal opportunities.
He said, “No one should be deprived of basic necessities. The country will progress only when Dalits, Backward, Adivasis, Women and Divyang progress. Harmohanji considered education as the most important factor for this change.”
Praising Yadav, Modi said that he not only took a political stand against the genocide of Sikhs in 1984, but also came forward to save them. He risked his life and saved the lives of many Sikh families, Modi said, adding that the country recognized his leadership and awarded him the Shaurya Chakra for it.
Modi said Yadav carried forward the ideals of socialist leader Ram Manohar Lohia in his long political career.
“The work he has done for the society and his contribution to the politics of UP and the country will guide the generations to come,” he said.
The Prime Minister said that Lohia worked on the cultural strength of the country by organizing Ramayana fairs and taking care of the Ganga.
“Lohiaji was of the view that socialism was the principle of equality. He used to warn (people) that the decline of socialism could turn it into inequality. In India, we have seen both these situations,” he said.
Modi said India is making Lohia’s dreams come true with initiatives like Namami Gange, Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao, Eklavya School and promotion of mother tongue education for tribal areas.
Drawing attention to the swearing-in of Draupadi Murmu as the country’s new President, Modi said, “For the first time after independence, a woman from tribal society is going to lead the country.
“It is a living example of the strength of our democracy and the ideology of ‘all inclusive’,” he said.
Born on 18 October 1921, Harmohan Singh Yadav was a big leader of his community.
He remained active in politics for a long time and served in various capacities as an MLC, MLA, member of Rajya Sabha and President of All India Yadav Mahasabha.
He was also instrumental in the establishment of several educational institutions in and around Kanpur with the help of his son Sukhram Singh.
The PM joining his death anniversary program is being seen in political circles as part of the BJP’s access to the numerically strong Yadavs, the core vote bank of the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party.
The veteran leader’s grandson Mohit Yadav has already joined the BJP and his father Sukhram Yadav ruled out re-nomination by the SP in the Upper House. He also met Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.