PM Modi addresses the membership drive for BJP in Varanasi (source: twitter)

After facing criticism of Centre’s vision to achieve a 5 trillion dollar economy within the next five days, envisaged in the Union Budget, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday called those criticizing his government’s ambitious goal “professional pessimists”.

“There are certain people who are saying why government has set such a target (5 trillion dollar economy), what is the need, why all of this is being done. These people can be called professional pessimists,” said PM Modi, while inaugurating a membership drive for the BJP in his constituency Varanasi.

“Professional pessimists are very different from common people. If you go to a common man with a problem, he will help you find a solution. But if you go to them for a solution, they will turn it into a threat,” he added.

Referring to the measures proposed in the Union Budget 2019 — presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday — PM Modi said a “new India” was on the threshold of racing ahead.

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 “Yesterday on TV and today in newspapers, you must have heard and read about the goal of $5 trillion economy. It is very important for you all to understand what the $5 trillion economy means and how it is connected to every Indian citizen,” he said.

Elaborating on the goal, the prime minister said, “There is a saying in English: the ‘size of the cake matters’; meaning, the bigger the cake, bigger the slice the people will get. That is why we have a goal of a $5 trillion dollar economy.”

Mentioning the efforts undertaken by other nations towards development, Mr Modi said, “The developed nations of the world also went through their own struggles to reach where they are today, but it is India’s time now.”

The launch of the membership drive coincided with the 118th birth anniversary of the party’s founder, Syama Prasad Mookerjee.

According to him, one of the methods of boosting the economy is to recognize farmers as wealth creators of the nation and not merely as food producers. “We are now looking at farmers are exporters. There is tremendous potential for our farmers to grow exponentially.”

Nirmala Sitharaman, yesterday, proposed higher taxes for the super-rich and hiked duties on fuel, gold and automobile parts, in measures aimed at tackling a five-year low in growth while tightening fiscal consolidation.

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This is PM Modi’s second visit to the constituency ever since his victory in the recent Lok Sabha elections. He has launched a membership drive of his party suggesting that it will connect people from all walks of life within the BJP.

 “From the soil of Kashi, I greet each dedicated worker of the party. Today, I got an opportunity to launch the BJP’s membership campaign from Kashi,” he said.

The launch of the membership drive coincided with the 118th birth anniversary of the party’s founder, Syama Prasad Mookerjee.

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