India got decisive government after long time: BJP chief

    New Delhi : Stressing that a corruption-free rule was a major achievement of the Narendra Modi-led government, BJP president Amit Shah on Friday said India had got a ‘decisive’ government under Modi’s leadership after a long time.

    “After 10 years of turmoil under a scam-tainted and corrupt United Progressive Alliance rule, the country got a government that not only took key decisions but also implemented them wholeheartedly. We have given a corruption-free government. Even our opponents cannot accuse us of corruption,” the Bharatiya Janata Party chief told the media here.

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    “We have given a decisive government that takes decisions, makes policies and implements it. After a long time, the country has got a decisive government in the form of the National Democratic Alliance government,” Shah said.

    He said the Modi government had maintained a balance between economic reforms and public welfare.

    Shah said the government had also ended the policy paralysis that marked the 10-year UPA rule and created hope among the people.

    Listing the government’s achievements, he said it took steps to provide long-term solutions to end poverty, unemployment and farmers’ problems.

    The BJP chief said that while the earlier UPA government was in a dilemma over reforms and public welfare, politics and bureaucracy, the present government adopted a balanced approach for the all-round development of the country.

    “Our government maintained a balance between reform and public welfare. We did reforms as well as public welfare. With a balanced approach, we succeeded in giving a feel of all-round development,” he said, adding that 21 crore Jan Dhan accounts were opened and people deposited more than Rs.35,000 crore in them.

    “As many as 17 crore Rupay cards have been given to bank account holders and loans disbursed to more than 3.5 crore people under the Mudra Yojana,” he added.

    Shah said the central government has been able to curb price rise to a large extent since May 2014.

    On assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh next year, Shah claimed the BJP will form the next goverment in the state.

    “The party will take a call whether to declare a chief ministerial candidate or not. UP ka Ram kaun hoga ye waha ki janta tay kar legi (people will decide who UP’s Ram will be),” he said.

    Shah said the BJP is considering alliances with smaller parties and that the ruling Samajwadi Party will be its main rival in Uttar Pradesh.

    The BJP president said the country had recorded the highest production of urea, power and coal in 2015 under the Modi government.