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''Modiism' is the last resort for progress of the nation,' says former Central minister UV Krishnam Raju
Bharatiya Janata Party senior leader and former union minister of state for external affairs Krishnam Raju, on Thursday said that "Modiism" is the panacea for the development of India.

He was participating in a day-long 'save democracy' fast organised by the BJP in Bengaluru along with union ministers Ananth Kumar and Sadananda Gowda; Karnataka election in-charge, Prakash Javadekar and others.

While speaking at the fast, he said, "Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently said that 'Progress alone is the panacea for all ills'. So I strongly believe that "Modiism" alone can bring in the desirable change. Long ago Buddhism and Jainism brought reforms in the society. Now Modiism will usher in the desirable changes in the social and economic conditions of people in the country."

"What is Modiism? In my view Modiism means. . . . Good administration , positive changes, dashing decisions, progress with stability, to be prepared for sacrifices, to keep inimical countries under check, uplift to the downtrodden sections, giving moral courage to the minorities, to  boost the honor of the country, keeping  safe distance with the votes and notes politics," he explained.

"Under the Modi leadership our frontiers became impregnable, for the first time in the history of our country the adversary countries have become panicky about our invulnerable defence. The reason for this is the daring and dashing decisions of the Prime Minister. China sent its forces to Doklam in a dominant way.  Soon the Modi government sent the Indian forces and saw that they did not move an inch forward from there. Moreover the Chinese had to withdraw their forces in a humbled manner. This was the second such withdrawal by the Chinese army after an unforgettable insult it tasted in a war that was waged between China and Japan during 1894 and 1895. This was primarily because of the premier's timely and bold decisions, Raju added further.

Krishnam Raju whose on a two-day election campaign in Karnataka met several Telugu associations and requested them to support the BJP in the upcoming elections. While speaking with the Telugu Diaspora he said that Chandrababu Naidu lost a trust-worthy and strong ally in Andhra Pradesh for his self interests.

"Amaravathi turned out to be Bhramaravathi (an illusion). The Centre offered Rs 2,500 crore for construction of the capital city. The state government constructed the temporary Secretariat and Assembly building only. Except that there was no development. For urban development, the Centre had given Rs one thousand crore for the capital region. Not more than 20 per cent was spent for the purpose," he said.

While giving details about the funds he said that the Centre had allotted Rs 1,17,967 crore to Andhra Pradesh between 2010-2015 while it allocated Rs 2,44,271 for 2015-2020 which is an increase of 107 per cent. As for railway projects, Rs 5,100 crore was sanctioned for 2009-2014 and Rs 14,151 crore for 2014-19.  Thirty two Central projects worth Rs 47,989 crore were under different stages of construction. The Centre allocated Rs 22,113 crore between 2015 and 2020 to compensate for the revenue deficit.

He said, "The Centre sanctioned Rs 6, 769 crore for construction of metro rail project in Amaravathi. But the state government cancelled the project and brought the mono rail project instead. Later, the second project was also kept in cold storage and wider publicity was given to the hyper loop rail project which existed nowhere in the world. But the Chandrababu government utterly failed in utilizing the already sanctioned funds."

"Nine out of eleven national educational institutes were set up in the state as assured in the AP state reorganization bill. By the time Chandrababu Naidu came to power in 2014, approximately Rs 1,10,000 crore debt was there on the  state. Now the debt has increased to Rs 2,50.000 crore. Thus, every Andhraite has a burden of Rs 30,000 on his head. Major part of the debt was the result of spendings on unproductive sectors," Raju lamented.

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