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President's address makes critical comment of pre-2014 UPA performance

President's address makes critical comment of pre-2014 UPA performance

New Delhi, Jun 20 (UNI) President Ram Nath Kovind's maiden speech to the Joint Sitting of Parliament after recent elections on Thursday made critical comments on the performance of the pre-2014 UPA dispensation and hailed the Modi government.

"All fellow countrymen are familiar with the atmosphere prevailing in the country before 2014. In order to take the country out of a sense of gloom and instability, the people elected a Government with absolute majority after three decades," President said in his address at the Central Hall of Parliament which was attended among others by Congress President Rahul Gandhi and other senior Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and Anand Sharma.

"Giving the highest regard to that mandate, my Government started to march forward without any

discrimination with the mantra of ‘Sabka Saath- Sabka Vikas’, to create a New India," President said amid thumping of desks by members from the ruling regime.

Mr Kovind also made crystal clear reference to the mandate of 2019 and went onto say: "The people of the country have given a very clear mandate in this election. After assessing the performance of the Government during the first tenure, the people have given even stronger support for the second term".

However, he said - "By doing so, the people of the country have given a mandate for continuing uninterrupted and at an accelerated pace the journey of development which started in 2014."

Enunciating further on these lines, President referred to his speech made on January 31 and said:

"......in this very Central Hall, I had said that my Government from the very first day was dedicated to the goal of improving the lives of all citizens, addressing their problems arising out of mis-governance and providing all basic amenities to the last person standing at the margins of society".

In appreciation of the NDA dispensation, Mr Kovind also said - "During the last five years, the countrymen have come to believe that the Government is always with them, working to improve their lives and to enhance their Ease of Living. Based on this wealth of people’s trust, a fresh mandate was sought".

In yet another remark that can be seen as castigating the erstwhile Congress dispensations, Mr Kovind said - "People of the country have long waited for the basic amenities of life, but now the conditions are changing".

"My Government wants to make the people conscious, capable, well-provided and unfettered to such

an extent that that they do not feel the “Burden, Force, or Absence” of the Government in their daily life. Empowering every person in the country is the main goal of my Government," said Mr Kovind.

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