Inaugurating the 296-km Bundelkhand Expressway in Uttar Pradesh's Jalaun, Prime Minister Narendra Modi cautioned people against what he called a "revadi culture" of offering freebies for votes and said this is "very dangerous" for the development of the country.
Modi used 'revadi', a popular north Indian sweet often distributed during festivals, as a metaphor for freebies being promised by various parties to grab power and said the people, especially the youth should, guard against this.
Addressing a gathering in Jalaun after the inauguration, Modi said the thinking behind every decision and policy should be that development of the country would be accelerated and that it should be ensured that all those things that harm and negatively impact the country's development are kept away.
He said, "In our country today, attempts are being made to bring a culture of garnering votes by distributing 'revadis'. This 'revadi culture' is very dangerous for the development of the country. People of the country and especially the youth need to guard against this culture."
Bundelkhand Expressway will ensure seamless connectivity and further economic progress in the region. https://t.co/bwQz2ZBGuZ— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 16, 2022
Modi said those indulging in 'revadi culture' will never make new expressways, airports, and defence corridors.
"The 'revadi culture' people think they will buy out people by distributing free 'revadis'. We have to jointly defeat this thinking of theirs. Have to remove 'revadi culture' from the country's politics," said Modi without taking any names.
Modi's remarks were targeted at parties that have been resorting to giving away freebies, especially before polls.
He said, "Away from the revadi culture, we are focused on fulfilling people's aspirations by building new roads and rail routes."
Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party convenor Arvind Kejriwal lashed out at the comments and said providing free education and healthcare is not freebie.
"Providing free and good education to our children and providing free treatment to to our people are not called distributing 'revadi'. We are laying the foundation of a developed and glorious India. This should have been done 75 years ago," said Kejriwal on Twitter.
अपने देश के बच्चों को मुफ़्त और अच्छी शिक्षा देना और लोगों का अच्छा और मुफ़्त इलाज करवाना - इसे मुफ़्त की रेवड़ी बाँटना नहीं कहते। हम एक विकसित और गौरवशाली भारत की नींव रख रहे हैं। ये काम 75 साल पहले हो जाना चाहिए था। https://t.co/sHfiBvltU0— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) July 16, 2022
Modi asserted that no such work should be done that is not related to the present aspirations and better future of the country. He added the country has got a very good opportunity for development and it should not let this go.
He said, "We have to ensure maximum development in this era and take the country to new heights and build a new India."
Modi said the new India also faces a challenge, which if overlooked now, would be harmful to this generation.
He added, "Your present will be lost and your future pushed into darkness. It is important to be vigilant."
Modi said crores of 'pucca' houses are being built for the people, dams are being built and irrigation schemes are being implemented to ensure ease of living for the poor and farmers. He added that "double engine" governments of the BJP are not taking the shortcut of 'revadi culture' but working hard for the better future of their state.
He said that under Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's leadership, Uttar Pradesh is seeing major transformation with better law and order and fast-improving connectivity. He further asked people to recall the state of law and order and connectivity in Uttar Pradesh earlier.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders use the term "double engine" to refer to the party being in power at the Centre as well as in a state.
The 296-km Bundelkhand Expressway constructed has been constructed at a cost of around Rs 14,850 crore. Modi said it will not only give speed to the vehicles, but will also accelerate the industrial progress of the entire Bundelkhand.
Modi said the distance from Chitrakoot to Delhi by the Bundelkhand expressway has been reduced by three-four hours, but its benefit is much more than that and hit out at previous dispensations in Uttar Pradesh for the lack of connectivity.
The state-of-the-art Bundelkhand Expressway passes through 7 districts. The local economy will benefit tremendously due to it. There will be great industrial development in the region and this would bring more opportunities for the local youth. https://t.co/FAkvBskOVf— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 15, 2022
He said the "double-engine" government now was ensuring the major transformation of the state with fast-improving connectivity and much better law and order.
Modi said the path of development on which the country is moving has two aspects at its core — 'iraada aur maryada' [intent and decorum].
He said, "We are not only creating new facilities for the present but are also building the future of the country."
Officials said the Bundelkhand Expressway passes through seven districts of Uttar Pradesh and the time taken from Chitrakoot to Delhi by the Bundelkhand expressway would now be six hours.
Adityanath welcomed Modi by offering him a local 'Bundeli' stole at the inauguration ceremony at Kaitheri village in Orai tehsil of Jalaun district.
Modi laid the foundation stone for the construction of the expressway on February 29, 2020.
(With PTI inputs)