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'Hard work important, not Harvard thinking': PM's dig at Amartya Sen?

Published Mar 1, 2017, 3:45 pm IST
Updated Mar 1, 2017, 8:57 pm IST
Attacking SP-Cong alliance, Modi said one has expertise in ruining nation while other has expertise in ruining the politically crucial UP.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Photo: PTI)
 Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Photo: PTI)

Maharajganj: Stating that hard work is more important than Harvard thinking, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday took a dig at Nobel-winning Harvard economist Amartya Sen, without mentioning his name, while referring to criticism faced by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) post the November 8 demonetisation drive.

"The country has seen difference between Harvard and hard-work. On one hand they talk of what people at Harvard say, on the other a poor person's son is trying to grow the economy through his hard work," he said while addressing a rally in Maharajganj ahead of the sixth-phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.


Modi also took a dig at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's Samajwadi Party by quoting a statement – 'life in UP is short and uncertain in this respect UP resembles Saharan Africa' – written on the official website of the state government.

He also targeted the alliance between the Congress and the Samajwadi Party and said that one has expertise in ruining the country while the other has expertise in ruining the politically crucial Uttar Pradesh.

"What will happen if they come together?" At one side there were people who were saying 27-saal Uttar Pradesh behaal and the other was making it behaal and when the dates of election were announced both of them joined hands. Now, they are going to make the condition of the state worst," he said.


"I started 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' across India, but the people of UP took it to another level by cleaning all dirt from politics in the state," he added.

Expressing confidence in winning the assembly elections, Modi said people will surely take revenge for the injustice they have been subjected to since the past 15 years.

"The people have made BJP victorious in the five phases that took place, you only have to give us a bonus in the sixth and seventh phase," he said.

Modi said his government is focused on fulfilling the aspirations of the poor and to uplift them without discrimination on the basis of caste or religion.


"We want our rural India to be smoke-free. We want them to have access to clean fuel. We are providing them LPG connections. We have even reduced the rate of LED bulb in the country. Our initiative is an example for everyone to see that how one should work for the welfare of the people," he said.

Campaigning for the sixth phase of Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh has reached its peak and political parties are making all efforts to woo the voters in poll-bound areas.

49 constituencies spread over seven districts of eastern UP will go to polls in the sixth phase on Saturday.


These districts are Maharajganj, Kushinagar, Gorakhpur, Deoria, Azamgarh, Mau and Ballia.

BJP President Amit Shah will conduct a road show on Thursday, last day of campaigning at Gorakhpur.

Senior BJP leader Manoj Sinha, Arun Jaitely, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari have hectic schedule for campaigning for remaining phases. Manoj Sinha will be at Maharajganj, Kushinagar and Ballia districts. Tiwari will be at Maharajganj, Kushinagar and Ballia.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will be addressing two rallies at Kushinagar while senior party leader Gulam Nabi Azad will be at Gorakhpur and Maharajganj districts.


Location: India, Uttar Pradesh