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Fight against corruption to continue, I have no relatives: PM

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New Delhi, Sep 25 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday declared that the government’s fight against corruption is “uncompromising” and nobody indulging in graft can escape.

He also said that the battle against terrorism will continue and disclosed that 90 hardcore wanted terrorists have been be deported to India from other countries.

“My battle against corruption will be uncompromising. Anybody caught in this cannot escape. I have no relatives,” Modi said in his valedictory address to the BJP National Executive meeting here.

He also took on the opposition for criticism of his government saying “harsh language cannot be a substitute for any substantive charge against the government”.

“The opposition used power for consumption. They do not know how to sit in the opposition,” he said.

Briefing media persons later on the Prime Minister’s closed door speech, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley quoted Modi as saying that the BJP is not a conventional party just to fight and win elections but is an instrument of service to people.

“Democracy is beyond that. For a political organisation, elections is only a part but the main attempt is to make it as an instrument of mass participation. Till a political worker does not participate in it, it would not be a success,” Modi said.

Jaitley said these two were the basic points of the Prime Minister’s speech.

Modi referred to the expectations and aspirations of the people and the atmosphere that was prevailing now.

He said the government’s cleanliness drive has become a mass movement which was followed by every institute in the country and has been a “centre of public service now”.

“The Prime Minister also referred to change in the nomenclature of lavatory in Uttar Pradesh where it is now called “izzat ka ghar” (the home of dignity). People’s idiom has to change. It has to be simple to become popular.”

Talking about pro-poor programmes, the Prime Minister emphasised on the savings brought in by the introduction of LED bulbs and Aadhaar-based schemes and the use of such money in peoples’ welfare.

He also spoke about the doubling of farmers’ incomes by 2022.

The meeting was attended by 13 Chief Ministers, six Deputy Chief Ministers, more that 60 cabinet ministers, 232 state ministers, 515 MLAs and 334 MPs.

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