Corruption biggest enemy of democracy: Prez Murmu
By Our Special Correspondent
New Delhi, January 31: In her first speech to the joint session of Parliament, President Droupadi Murmu struck high notes of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government’s narrative. She underlined India has a decisive government that is aspiring to take the rightful position in the global order.
Showing imprints of Modi’s words heard on several occasion, President Murmu also asserted that corruption is the biggest enemy of democracy and social justice. This sets the ball rolling in the year of nine Assembly elections, as the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) braces up to wrestle with identity politics and also attempts of Opposition Congress to stage a comeback. “The government is of clear opinion that corruption is biggest enemy of democracy and social justice,” said President Murmu in her address in the Central Hall of Parliament. The President’s address to the joint session of Parliament is a custom, which takes place on the first day of the first sitting of the two Houses.
Also, striking a balance in the government’s outreach to the poor and the middle class, President Murmu said: “India should be such a country, where there is no poverty, and whose middle class is also prosperous. India should be a country, whose youth power and women power stand at the forefront to give direction to society and the nation.” She also reiterated the Modi government’s repeated assertion that the “25-year period of Amrit Kaal is golden era of independence and time to build a developed India”. She stated “we will have to make an India which is self-reliant”.
Also, stressing the muscular image of the Modi government, President Murmu said that “today, there is a stable, fearless and decisive government in the country that is working towards realising the big dreams”. By 2047, we have to build a nation that will be connected to the pride of the past, she said, adding “we have to build an India that will be Aatmanirbhar and stand on its feet to fulfill humanitarian duties”.
President Murmu also stated that ‘Garibi Hatao (Congress slogan in 1970s, 1980s) is no more a slogan. “My government is working for permanent solutions to the issue of poverty,” said President Murmu. She also stated that the government in the last nine years has brought “many positive changes for the first time”. “The biggest change is the confidence of every Indian and the world has changed its view of India,” she added.