Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said after over two years in office he has learned the ropes and asserted that his long stint as the Gujarat chief minister helped him in his job in New Delhi.
Modi also assured the people of Gujarat he will not do anything which will bring a bad name to his home state.
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“There have been a lot of complaints from Gujarat that once I went to Delhi (after becoming Prime Minister in May 2014), I have not been coming often to the state.
“Former chief minister Anandiben Patel, BJP workers and even the people have time and again complained to me I have not been coming here often,” he said at the inauguration of Saurashtra Narmada Avtaran Irrigation (SAUNI) project in Jamnagar district.
“When I went to Delhi, everything there was new to me. There was a lot of things to learn, to observe, but now I have learned the job,” Modi said.
“What I learned from Gujarat has also been very useful to me,” Modi, who served as the chief minister from 2001 to mid-2014, said.
“When the people of the country have accepted a son of Gujarat as the Prime Minister, I would like to assure I will not do any work which may make people of the state feel ashamed,” he said.
“The way I had worked for development of the state, in the same way I will work for development of the country,” the Prime Minister asserted.
He said he is indebted to the land on which he has grown up, the land from which he learned so much.
The PM addressed his first public rally in Gujarat, which will go the polls in late-2017, after taking office in 2014.
Talking about his government, Modi said the BJP-led ruling coalition has brought a change in functioning of the administration.
“You look at newspapers of before May 2014 and look at newspapers of now, you will find the difference. This government is working in a mission mode for development of the country. The country is moving forward at a very fast pace,” Modi said.