“In 2014, the people trusted and gave me the opportunity to serve the nation. Since assuming the new responsibility, I have tried my best to protect nation’s wealth from the corrupt,” the Prime Minister said.
Elaborating on the word “chowkidar”, the Prime Minister said that it is not about a uniform or about being tied to a spot. “The word chowkidar is about spirit. For me, chowkidar is representative of Mahatma Gandhi’s concept of trusteeship,” he said.
The Prime Minister, in an apparent reference to the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, said that after 2019 the entire 130 crore people of the country will take a pledge along with him. “The biggest pledge will be to balance the rights and responsibilities,” the PM said.
“Had Modi thought about his political future, then he wouldn’t have been Modi,” he said.
“If these political considerations were at the forefront of my objectives, if I had to decide based on my political gains then Modi wouldn’t have needed the country,” the PM added.
Answering a question on the airstrikes on terrorist camps in Pakistan’s Balakot, the Prime Minister said that the credit of the airstrikes goes to the security forces and not him.
बालाकोट मैंने नहीं किया, देश के जवानों ने किया है, हमारे सुरक्षा बलों ने किया है। इसलिए हम सबकी तरफ से उन्हें, सै… https://t.co/EG11Smk4Fg
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“I have complete trust in our forces and that is why, I gave our forces a free hand to act,” he said.
“Pakistan thought that Modi is busy with elections and hence he will not take any action. For me, elections are not a priority, country is my priority,” the PM said referring to the airstrikes on Balakot.
On corruption, the Prime Minister said that people who stole the nation’s wealth are today facing the heat. “Those who took the nation’s wealth, they will have to return every single rupee. Ever since 2014, I am working on trying to put things in order. With your help, I have been able to bring these people to the entrance of prison. Some of these are out on bail while the others are asking for dates (in courts),” he said.
The town hall programme, which was organised at the Delhi’s Talkatora Stadium, was attended by as many as 5,000 people.
At the same time, PM Modi also interacted with lakhs of people across the country through video conferencing set up at more than 500 locations across the country.
“The day we were most looking forward to is here! At 5 PM, lakhs of Chowkidars from different parts of India will interact in the historic Main Bhi Chowkidar programme. This is an interaction you must not miss,” PM Modi had tweeted earlier.
The campaign, ‘Main Bhi Chowkidar‘, was launched on March 16 by PM Modi. A day after the launch, the Prime Minister, as well as a number of BJP leaders across the country, added the prefix ‘chowkidar’ to their Twitter handles as a mark of support to the poll campaign.
On March 20, Prime Minister Modi had addressed over 25 lakh chowkidars from across the country via audio conference. He also launched a scathing attack on the opposition party’s ‘Chowkidar Chor Hai’ campaign.
Country needs ‘chowkidar’, it does not need rajas and maharajas: PM Narendra Modi – Times of India