Modi reiterates BJP programmes aimed at development not mere votes

Prime Minister Narendra Modi remarked that his party's programmes

Prime Minister Narendra Modi remarked that his party’s programmes are not aimed at garnering votes but to ensure country’s development. The remark is being seen as a jibe at the opposition parties. Modi was addressing a public meeting on Saturday in his parliamentary constituency of Varanasi. “Our (BJP) politics is not for votes, our culture is different. In politics, people do only that task which yields votes, but our character is different. Some politicians work only when it fetches them votes. But we have been brought up in a different culture. … For us, the nation is above all and it is our top-most priority, not votes,” PM Modi said. After inaugurating a ‘Pashu Arogya Mela’ (cattle health fair) in Varanasi, he also promised to double farm income and provide homes for the homeless by 2022. Referring to the mega animal fair being organised for the first time on 1800 acres of land in Varanasi, he said, “These animals don’t go to cast their ballot. They are not anyone’s voters.” He said proper healthcare of the cattle through such initiatives would help increase milk production in India which is lower than in several countries.

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