This Article is From Mar 23, 2015

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Pays Tribute to Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, Rajguru: Highlights

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses rally at Hussainiwala village in Ferozepur.

Hussainiwala, Ferozepur:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a tribute to freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru at the National Martyrs Memorial at Hussainiwala village in Punjab's Ferozepur, after which he addressed a rally.

Here are the highlights of what he said:

  • Today is a very inspiring day for me, that I have got the opportunity to salute martyrs.
  • I salute the land of Punjab, which has sacrificed such a lot for the country.
  • Punjab is a land that has sacrificed so many of its children for the Nation, be it in the freedom struggle or the Army.
  • Bhagat Singh continues to inspire the youth of this country.
  • Bhagat Singh. This name has the strength to inspire so many people to live and die for the Nation.
  • It is both our dream and our duty to take India to new heights, and that will be a true tribute to these martyrs.
  • Today is the birth anniversary of Ram Manohar Lohia, laid great empahsis on cleanliness.
  • In 2019, when we mark Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary, let us fulfill the dream of a Swachh Bharat.
  • By 2022, it should be our dream that there is no Indian left without a home. Every Indian must get a home.
  • Punjab saved the country from starvation, but today there is a lack of water in the state.Our goal should be, 'Per Drop More Crop'.
  • It is important to save every drop of water. That is when the water problems will be solved.
  • We want to give soil health cards to farmers.
  • Sardar Bhagat Singh Post Graduate Institute for farmers to be set up.
  • Whatever way we can help Punjab, you will not find the Centre lagging behind on that front.
  • We believe in strengthening the states.
  • States will have 62 per cent of the wealth, and only 38 per cent will now remain with the Centre. The states will develop, and so will India.
  • These days there is an effort to mislead the farmers of India. I spoke about this in my radio programme 'Mann ki Baat'.
  • If the country has to develop, the farmer has to develop. At the same time, we need to keep in mind the son of the farmer.
  • If there is no development, the sons of farmers will have to focus on winning their daily bread.
  • I ask the sons of farmers, do you want to live in the slums of Mumbai or Delhi?
  • If there is no development then what will happen to the children of the farmers.
  • We want the farmers to benefit but also that villages should develop.
  • Corruption has destroyed our country.
  • Our previous government would get angry if we raised the issue of corruption.
  • Just in the auction of coal blocks, lakh of crores were lost to corruption.
  • The allocations were cancelled after we came to power. They committed the sin, but we are paying the price.
  • People were not ready to believe the amount that was quoted for coal scam.
  • They kept pushing for their 'zero theory' (zero loss to the Exchequer).
  • We decided to publicly auction the mines.
  • Only 18 mines have been auctioned, and you will be pleased to know that the honest government you have installed in Delhi has ensured 2 lakh crore rupees from the sale.
  • The corruption of the previous government probably disturbs Bhagat Singh's soul.
  • I am happy to inform you that our government has bought for only 80 rupees, the same LED bulbs that had been purchased by the previous government for 300 rupees.
  • I have been closely associated with Punjab. I have spent many years working here, and have learnt much in my political lilfe from Parkash Singh Badal.