Narendra Modi asks NRIs to vote
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday appealed to non-resident Indians (NRIs) to return to the country and vote in the Lok Sabha elections.
Addressing NRIs on the occasion of Pravasi Bhartiya Divas at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi, Modi said: "India faces a water shed election in a few months. At this crucial juncture in our nation's history, you too should not stay back."
"You must be a part of the revolution taking place. Try and come back to vote at the time of elections," he said.
"If that is not possible, actively engage with the political process from wherever you are; debating and brainstorming on the right path ahead with friends and family back home, as well as the nation at large. This will add to India's strengths - its development, governance and unity," said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s prime ministerial candidate.
He said democracy is a necessity if India is to progress.
"We must understand that problems arise only when a disconnect occurs. When both the people as well as government forget each other once the elections are over.
"Both sides wrongly believe that a periodic contract has been given. And that only towards the end an account is to be taken," he said.
Modi further said: "Another problem is that we take the government as provider and people as beneficiaries. This prevents people from being active partners in the development process. It also creates a mismatch between what is needed and what is delivered."
"This is where we need to work. We need to transition from a representative to a participative democracy," he said.
(Posted on 09-01-2014)