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Essence of a democracy lies in 'Jan Bhagidari': PM Modi

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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the real essence of a democracy lies in  'Jan Bhagidari' and integrating people in the development journey of cities, villages. He was speaking at the birth centenary celebrations of Nanaji Deshmukh.

    PM paid tributes to Loknayak Jayaprakash Narayan and Nanaji Deshmukh, who worked closely with JP.

    PM Modi speaking during birth centenary celebrations of Nanaji Deshmukh. Courtesy: ANI news

    About sanitation facilities in Indian villages, PM Modi said, "Lack of sanitation facilities is adversely impacting the development journey of villages. That is why we have been working to overcome this and build toilets in rural areas."

    He said, "Strength of a democracy cannot be restricted to how many people vote. Yes, that is important." 

    Commenting on ideals of development, PM Modi said, "Just having the best ideas for development are not enough. Initiatives have to be completed on time and the fruits of development must reach the intended beneficiaries. Efforts have to be comprehensive and 'outcome driven' not 'output driven'."

    Speaking on contributions of Loknayak JP, PM Modi said that JP was deeply popular among youngsters. The likes of Loknayak JP and Dr. Lohia were active during the 'Quit India' movement, inspired by the clarion call of Mahatma Gandhi.

    However, "JP was never interested in power politics," he added.

    He further said that Loknayak JP fought corruption in the nation. His leadership rattled those in power that time and during a march he was even attacked. At that time, standing shoulder to shoulder with him was Nanaji Deshmukh.

    PM recalled that when Janata Government was formed in 1977, Nanaji Deshmukh was requested to join the Government as a Minister but he did not do so. Nanaji followed JP and preferred to devote himself towards rural development and making our villages self-reliant, free from poverty.

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