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PM Modi says our priority is development, not vote bank politics

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday lashed out at his political rivals, saying for the BJP, politics was not for the sake of votes as it considered the country’s development as the top-most priority.

“Some politicians work only when it fetches them votes. But we have been brought up in a different culture. For us, the nation is above all and it is our top-most priority, not votes,” he said, reports PTI.

Modi was addressing a public meeting after inaugurating the first ‘Pashu Arogya Mela’ (cattle health fair) here on the second day of his two-day visit to his Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi.

Stressing that his government’s prime agenda was development, he said “Governance is not about politics or winning elections. The priority is the well-being of the nation.”

“Our (BJP) politics is not for votes, our culture is different. In politics, people do only that task which yields votes, but our character is different,” Modi said.

Referring to the mega animal fair spread over 1800 acres of land here, he said “these animals don’t go to cast their ballot. They are not anyone’s voters.” He said that by 2022, when the country celebrates 75th year of Independence, “every poor, whether in urban or rural area, will get a home”.

Modi, who also distributed Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana certificates to some beneficiaries, said, “When crores of houses are built across the country, it will require bricks, cement, iron and wood. It will generate jobs for thousands and open up new avenues of income and employment.”

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