LK Advani says PM Modi`s Independence Day address reflected ‘firm resolve’; Congress disappointed

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the nation from ramparts of the fort

New Delhi, Aug 15: Stating that ‘self confidence’ of the country has gone up in the last one year, veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader LK Advani on Saturday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day address reflected his ‘firm resolve’.

Speaking to mediapersons after unfurling the national flag on the occasion of 69th Independence Day at his residence here on Saturday, Advani said: “An important political transformation took place last year, and this is its second year. People have hopes, the self confidence of the nation has gone up….the Prime Minister has repeated what he had said last year. There was firmness in his resolve.”

The veteran BJP leader said: “He said that self confidence of the government is linked to the confidence of people in our workers.”

However, the Congress Party criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day address, saying the latter had not spoken a single word on country’s foreign policy.

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad: “I have been going to the Red Fort for 35 years, this is the first time that a Prime Minister has not said a word on foreign policy.”

Congress leader Anand Sharma said, “All his talks are hollow…last one year has been very disappointing for the nation. His 90 minute speech today did not give any assurance to nation that they (NDA government) would fulfill their promises. They had sold dreams to the nation, and they are never going to fulfill it.”

Former Defence Minister A.K. Antony said: “I am totally disappointed to hear the PM speech about OROP. He says that our government is accepting OROP in principle.”

Talking to medis persons, Antony took a jibe at the government for failing to implement OROP, and accused it of betraying the armed forces veterans.

He said: “PM is telling that (accepting OROP) for last 15 months, there is no need of accepting it, it has already been accepted by the previous government in the 2014 budget.”

“At least, he (PM) would have told today that we are accepting the OROP and we delayed it. He should have given a date on which the ex-servicemen would get the OROP,” said the former defence minister.

Earlier, the Prime Minister touched upon various subjects during his Independence Day address from the Red Fort.

He vowed to relentlessly work towards eliminating corruption from the nation and added that his government has taken several steps to address the issue of black money.

He also said that ‘Swacch Bharat Abhiyan’ has touched every person in the country and thanked the children of the nation for enthusiastically participating in the cleanliness campaign.

Prime Minister Modi also assured the ex-servicemen that a decision on the OROP Scheme would be taken soon.

(With Agency Inputs)

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