NEW DELHI: Dwelling on the theme of a "New India", Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday outlined the ‘achievements of his government within 10 weeks of returning to power’ for a second time at the Centre and claimed that a new approach was needed to ‘fulfil the aspirations of the people’ of the state in his 92-minute long speech to mark 73rd Independence Day.
Delivering his speech from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort, PM Modi asserted that his government neither nurses problems nor keeps them pending for long.
Hailing his government's recent move to abrogate Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, PM Modi said that it was the first step towards realising the dream of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel - country's first Home Minister.
One Nation, One Constitution
With the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, the spirit of "One Nation, One Constitution" has become a reality, PM Modi said while slamming Congress and other opposition parties for making a hue and cry over the issue. PM Modi asked them if the issue was so "life-changing", then why the previous governments did not make the special status to the troubled state a "permanent" arrangement.
"If this was so important or life-changing, why was this Article not made permanent? Why did you let it remain temporary? After all, those people had huge mandates and could have easily removed its temporary status of Article 370," he said.
The Prime Minister said that within 10 weeks of returning to power, his government took key decisions including passing bills on the abrogation of special status to Jammu and Kashmir, ban on the practice of Triple Talaq and anti-terror laws to fulfill the aspirations of the people.
"During the difficult times of Independence, people like Sardar Vallabhai Patel took very tough and valiant decisions. But because of Article 370, there emerged problems. Repealing of Article 370 and Article 35A was a step towards fulfilling Sardar Patel`s dream of a strong and united India. The spirit of `One Nation, One Constitution` has become a reality and India is proud of that," he said.