Salient Points of Bharaitya Janata Party National President Shri Amit Shah’s
Press Conference in Tamil Nadu
BJP President Shri Amit Shah addressed a press conference in Tamil Nadu, where he called upon the people of Tamil Nadu to join hands with the BJP for the overall development of the state.
Shri Shah said that BJP got enormous love from people of Tamil Nadu in Lok Sabha elections-2014. As a result, BJP contested eight seats in Tamil Nadu and won a seat. Party got 5.56 per cent votes in the State.
Shri Shah said that BJP is the largest party in the country. BJP is the third largest party in Tamil Nadu. Fourth is Congress. Congress failed to win a single seat and got only 4.37 percent of the votes. Now we have to make the BJP, the largest party in Tamil Nadu.
Shri Shah said that economy of Tamil Nadu is in the midst of crisis today. Tamil Nadu is lagging behind in the path of development due to misrule of Congress, DMK and AIADMK. Unemployment is staggering and youths are leaving their homes to work elsewhere.
Shri Shah said that in the past 15 years Tamil Nadu is lagging behind rather than progressing. In 2000-01 the per capita income of Gujarat was 17,227 rupees, while Tamil Nadu’s was Rs.20,319. At that time Tamil Nadu’s per capita income exceeded Gujarat’s by Rs.3000. And after a decade in 2012-13 Gujarat’s per capita income has risen to 61,220 rupees, while Tamil Nadu’s per capita income was at only Rs. 58,360 rupees. That makes Gujarat ahead of Tamil Nadu by about Rs. 3,000.
Shri Shah said that in 11th five Year Plan Gujarat's growth rate was 9.34 percent while Tamil Nadu’s growth rate was only 8.58 percent. Today, Tamil Nadu has the lowest growth rate in the country. In 2012-13 Tamil Nadu’s growth rate was only 3.39 percent while BJP-ruled Gujarat has the growth rate of 7.96 percent and Madhya Pradesh is 10 percent.
Shri Shah said that on socio-economic development front Tamil Nadu has lagged behind today. In terms of literacy rate Tamil Nadu ranks 14th rank. Tamil Nadu ranks 15th in term of stamping out unemployment. Tamil youths are looking for jobs today and are forced to move away from their home. Like all Congress and third front ruled states, Tamil Nadu has high unemployment rate. According to NSSO unemployment rate in Tamil Nadu is 3.2 percent in 2011-12, while in BJP-ruled Gujarat has 0.7 percent and Madya Pradesh has 1 percent which is lowest in the country. In terms of poverty alleviation Tamil Nadu is at No. 11. Poverty is lowest in BJP-ruled Goa. In terms of Per Capita income Tamil Nadu is No. 10. Country’s highest Per Capita income is in BJP ruled Goa.
Shri Shah said that Modi Government is taking steps for the development of Tamil Nadu. Recently the government talked to Sri Lankan government to ensure safe release of Tamil fishermen.
Mr. Shah said, after Modi tsunami in Lok Sabha elections-2014, Congress Party have vanished from the electoral map of 19 States and Union Territories.
Shri Shah said that the whole of India from Kashmir to Kanyakumari get into the spirit of good governance and development.
Referring to the achievements of the NDA government in the last six months, Shri Shah said in the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Indian economy is moving in the path of high growth rate from Slow down. In the first half of Financial Year 2014-15 (April-September) GDP growth rate increased to 5.5 percent, while in the tenure of Congress-led UPA government growth rate in the first half Year 20l3-l4 was only 4.9 percent.
Shri Shah said that the objective of NDA government is – Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas. With the welfare policies of the NDA there is a record decline in inflation in the past six months. Wholesale inflation is on a five-year lowest level. Inflation based on Wholesale Price Index (WPI) fell to zero per cent in November 2014. While in the tenure of UPA government it was 7.52 per cent in November 2013 and 6.18 per cent in May 2014. Similarly, in November 2014 Consumer Price index come down to 4.38 per cent while at the time of Congress led UPA government it was 11.16 % in November 2013 and 8.28 percent in May 2014. Shri Shah said that with the decline in inflation, Petrol and diesel has become cheaper and all sections of society including farmers in villages are relieved. Low inflation has eased the burden on middle class and created a favorable environment for investment.
Shri Shah said that the government gave great relief to the working middle class after increasing the tax exemption limit to Rs two lakh fifty thousand and Rs three lakhs for senior citizens. Similarly, for giving fair price to farmers for their Rabi and Kharif crops minimum support price was increased.
Making reference of the steps taken in the direction of pending economic reforms, Shri Shah said, government has taken the important decisions regarding deregulation of diesel prices fixing the price of domestically produced gas. Also eased the norms of foreign investment in rail, defence and the construction sector. Government is moving forward for the passing of important bills like insurance and GST.
Shri Shah said that the government has introduced Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna under which the country has opened more than eighty million bank accounts. With the help of this scheme financial inclusion of poors will ensured and they can get rid of moneylenders. The target of the scheme is to open one account of every family.
Shri Shah said to generate employment opportunities for the youth and to accelerate industrial growth Government has launched the campaign ‘Make in India’. Also, the government has also launched Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Shramev Jayate program. Universal number for PF that helps employees to operate their PF account from anywhere. Unclaimed Rs. 27,000 lying with Employees Provident Fund Organization will be spent for the benefit of the workers.
Shri Shah said to provide basic services to the people, the government has approved the Rs 43,000 crore for Deen Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojna. Further comprehensive reforms in the power sector have been done.
Shri Shah said that the government has started the process to develop 100 new a world-class smart cities and Rs 7,060 crore has been allocated in general budget. Government has also launched a Swachh Bharat campaign to ensure clean India. It has established a Swachh Bharat Kosh.
Mr Shah said that Modi government has established good governance to remove the Policy Paralysis of UPA government. Governmental decision-making process has become fast. Group of ministers created at the time of UPA government is abolished. http://attendance.gov.in/ is started for the attendance of government employees so that all employees reach on time. In addition, it has been decided to celebrate former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee's birthday on December 25 as a day of good governance.
Shri Shah said that India is changing its perception in the eyes of the world. India is being praised in countries where Shri Modii is travelling. NDA government has taken steps in WTO to protect the interests of farmers and the poor in the developing countries, India has managed for their conviction.
While talking about the measures taken by the government to stop black money and corruption, Shri Shah said that on May 27, the next day of coming to power NDA constituted the Special Investigation Team for the investigation of black money. In addition, the Ministry of Finance had sent a special team to Switzerland and after the Government of Switzerland has agreed to cooperate with India. Digital India program has been initiated to bring transparency. Recently according to Transparency International, Corruption Perceptions index 2014, India is ranked 85th which was 95th in the previous year. That is why in such a short period of six months India has improved the credibility under the leadership of Shri Modi.
Shri Shah said the United Nations has declared June 21as International Yoga Day. For India, it is glorious and unprecedented achievement and full credit goes to Shri Narendra Modi. Shri Modi while addressing the UN General Assembly for the first time on September 27, 2014, has proposed for the declaration of International Day for Yoga. With the three months efforts of Modi’s led government UN declared the International Yoga Day. The most important fact is that India's proposal for the International Yoga Day was endorsed by more than 170 countries. This unprecedented achievement is an honor for 125 crores of Indians.