Prime Minister Narendra Modi has identified a “serious worry” for the country. No, it is not politics of hate and the resultant violence. It’s not weakening of democratic institutions. Nor is it the economic slide, rising unemployment and sky-rocketing prices. It is not a hostile China, either.
The real worry, according to the Prime Minister, is public welfare. It is the tendency of the state governments to provide assistance to the weakest sections of society, but the Prime Minister on Tuesday described such a propensity as “anti-development”.
Addressing a public rally in Pune, Modi said: “We see all-round development in Maharashtra but what is happening in Karnataka is before all of us. Bangalore is such a big IT hub. It is a global investors’ centre. It was necessary for Karnataka to be developed fast at this stage. But the ill-effects of a government formed by making the kind of promises it made have come before the country in such a short time.”
He rubbed the message in: “When a party empties the government’s coffers for vested interests, people of the state face its worst consequences. The future of the youth comes into question. The party which makes those promises succeeds in forming its government but the people’s future gets endangered. The Karnataka government itself has conceded that it doesn’t have the resources for Bangalore’s development.”