Berlin: In an interaction with Indian diaspora in Berlin, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in today’s India it is not govt but people who are the driving force. Targeting Congress regime, Modi said the voters in India ended political instability of three decades with the press of a button. “Aspiration for positive change and quick development were reasons why Indians elected a govt with full majority after 30 years in 2014,” he said.
Modi on Monday arrived in Germany on the first leg of his visit to three European nations and met German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. After the meet, Modi said that among democratic nations, India, Germany share several common values and the holding of the Inter Governmental Consultations shows how much importance the two countries place in their strategic ties. Talking about the crisis in Ukraine, he said, “No country can emerge victorious in Ukraine conflict. We are for peace, appeal to end the war.”
During his trip to Europe, Modi will head to Denmark and meet Danish PM Mette Frederiksen in Copenhagen —and also participate in the Second India-Nordic Summit with the prime ministers of Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Sweden and Norway on Tuesday. On the way back on Wednesday, Modi will make a brief stopover in Paris for a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron. His first foreign trip this year comes at a time when a war in the heart of Europe has upended seven decades of global order.
“I want to talk to you about the capabilities of crores of Indians and sing their praises. When I speak about crores of Indians, it includes not only the people who live there but also those who live here,” he said.
The Prime Minister said his words include all the children of Maa Bharati who live in every corner of the world.
“The people of India ended the politically unstable atmosphere of the last three decades by pressing a button. After 30 years a full majority government was elected in 2014 and the people of India made the government stronger in 2019,” PM Modi said.
“We are celebrating 75 years of independence this year. I am the first Prime Minister who was born in independent India. The peak on which India would be at the time it celebrates 100 years of independence, India is strongly taking step after step and walking swiftly toward that goal,” he added.
The Prime Minister said through reforms his government is transforming the country.
“For reform, political will is needed. Today India is moving forward in all fields incl quality of life, quality of education and others. The country, bureaucracy, govt offices are same but now we are getting better results,” he said.
This address to the Indian community was given shortly after the 6th India-Germany Inter-Governmental Consultations which were co-chaired by PM Modi and Chancellor Scholz.
The Prime Minister said the Inter-Governmental Consultations were productive.
PM Modi today also held a bilateral meeting with Chancellor Scholz. This was their first engagement since Chancellor Scholz assumed office in December 2021.
Discussions covered key areas of bilateral cooperation under the overall strategic partnership, as well as regional and global developments.