New Delhi, Mar 3 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday took a jibe against former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who had expressed certain reservations in chanting of 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' slogan.
''It pains my heart when I see that some individuals today are looking at the raising of slogans like 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' with suspicion and prejudice. This saddens me like every other patriotic Indian, '' Mr Modi said while speaking to BJP MPs in a meeting of the party's parliamentary board here. On February 22, addressing a gathering at a launch of the book on India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, Manmohan Singh attacked BJP, saying "nationalism and the slogan like ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ are being misused to construct a militant and purely emotional idea of India that excludes millions of residents and citizens".
Addressing BJP MPs, Mr Modi said that his government's sole moto is development. ''Development and development alone is our fundamental Mantra and all our political activism is aimed only and only to serve the nation via our efforts for national development," he said. ''We have to understand that Peace, Unity and Goodwill (Sadbhavna) towards all is the prerequisite of Development. Peace, Unity and Development are not just the cardinal principles but our basic commitment, the PM further said. Mr Modi asked the BJP MPs to ensure that the commitment reflects in their thinking, articulation and actions (manasa, vacha, karmana). He also urged the BJP lawmakers to consider themselves not just BJP party workers but also sons of Bharat Mata (Mother India).
''We must remember that as children of Bharat Mata, we have to strive hard for the trinity of Peace, Unity and Goodwill, relentlessly," Mr Modi said. ''Remember, there are elements that are motivated more by the petty partisan interests. We work for the larger national interest. This is a kind of tug of war between partisan interest of other political parties and national interest that we are pursuing and we have to win this battle.'' The only objectors behind this struggle is ''SabkaSaath, SabkaVikas, SabkaVishwas'', Mr Modi said. His remarks come in the wake of communal violence in Delhi, which claimed more than 40 lives. (UNI)