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Historic mandate by people for a visionary leader

Author: Piyush Goyal
Publication: The Economic Times
Date: May 19, 2014
URL: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/opinion/guest-writer/historic-mandate-by-people-for-a-visionary-leader/articleshow/35316890.cms

The results of the 2014 General Elections vindicate what has been my theory for some time now. Voters have started giving decisive mandates for the past five-six years. In 27 out of the 29 recent elections, one saw this trend being played out (Delhi and Jharkhand were the only exceptions).

 I just paid my respects to Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, my guiding light and mentor. This victory has given him immense joy. It is time to reflect what this historic verdict, means for the country.

 The nation had a clear choice between a visionary leader with a distinctive track-record in governance and indisputable integrity versus a leaderless discredited party of the spectacularly inept and the unquestionably corrupt.

 The former embodied "sabka saath sabka vikaas" and the latter only practiced competitive pseudo-secularism and indulged in nauseatingly divisive vote-bank politics. People of India have categorically rejected the latter.

 In fact, caste-based political parties have practically been washed out in state after state. In addition, the geographical spread of BJP's seats in this election is heartening - we are perhaps the only true a truly pan India party today. These factors together give me a great hope and enormous satisfaction.

 While today is a day to feel overwhelmed about this resounding victory, we are conscious of the responsibilities and the stratospheric expectations from us. The story of transformation of India begins today. For far too long, Indians have been told that we are significantly below our potential. The time to act and set things right, is now. We simply do not have the luxury of time!

 The Narendra Modi-led NDA government will leave no stone unturned to meet the aspirations of young India. We will launch a series of initiatives to rejuvenate the investment cycle, give an impetus to manufacturing, build infrastructure and focus on tourism, among others.

 Our focus will be to create massive employment opportunities and also ensure that people's productivity and income levels improve via targeted skill development programmes and better access to healthcare. In addition, technology will be leveraged to streamline implementation of welfare schemes to ensure better outcomes and expedite the process of poverty alleviation.

 One other area that deserves to be highlighted is the debasement of public institutions under the Congress-led UPA. Every institution or arm of the government has been almost irrevocably corrupted, by the UPA. Integrity and the moral authority of these bodies has to be beyond reproach. We must restore people's faith in them so that they function effectively and arbitrate on matters of national importance with fierce independence.

Once again, it gives me tremendous happiness to note that BJP will now be the principal driving force of the economy and the resurgence of India. The Narendra Modi led NDA government shall deliver and lead India to glory. Jai Hind!
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