While recalling an opposition leader’s observation that becoming PM twice was enough accomplishment, PM Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that he has no intention of slowing down.
Modi was addressing beneficiaries of Gujarat government’s financial assistance schemes for widows, elderly and destitute citizens via video link.
“One day a very big leader met me. He regularly opposes us politically, but I respect him,” Modi said. “He was not happy over some issues, so he had come to meet me. He said, Modi ji, the country has made you prime minister twice, so what more do you want now. He was of the opinion that if one becomes prime minister twice then he has achieved everything,” the PM said.
“He doesn’t know that Modi is made of a different mettle. The land of Gujarat has made him. That’s why I do not believe in taking it easy, like whatever has happened has happened and now I should rest. No. My dream is saturation, 100 per cent coverage of the welfare schemes,” he said.
Though Modi did not mention anybody’s name during his speech, it became apparent that it might be NCP chief Sharad Pawar who came to meet him a month back in Delhi and raised the issue of the central agencies’ action against Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut and the family members of Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar.