Hard Work Important Than Harvard Thinking: Modi Takes Dig At Amartya Sen


Lucknow: Stating that hard work is more important than Harvard thinking, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday took a dig at Nobel-winning Harvard economist Amartya Sen, without mentioning his name, while referring to criticism faced by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) post the November 8 demonetisation drive.

“The country has seen difference between Harvard and hard-work. On one hand they talk of what people at Harvard say, on the other a poor person’s son is trying to grow the economy through his hard work,” he said while addressing a rally in Maharajganj ahead of the sixth-phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.

The Prime Minister also took a jibe at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for his coconut juice remark and asked how one can expect development in the country when it has such great leaders.

“A young leader from the Congress campaigned in Manipur and said would sell coconut ‘juice’ and would sell it in London. Even small children know coconut has water. How is it even possible to extract juice from it? The Congress has such talented people, who will sell coconut juice in London and set up potato factories in UP,” he said.

Quoting a statement – ‘life in UP is short and uncertain in this respect UP resembles Saharan Africa’ – written on the official website of Uttar Pradesh government, Modi taunted Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party.

He also targeted the alliance between the Congress and the Samajwadi Party and said that one has expertise in ruining the country while the other has expertise in ruining the politically crucial Uttar Pradesh.

“What will happen if they come together?” At one side there were people who were saying 27-saal Uttar Pradesh behaal and the other was making it behaal and when the dates of election were announced both of them joined hands. Now, they are going to make the condition of the state worst,” he said.

“I started ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ across India, but the people of UP took it to another level by cleaning all dirt from politics in the state,” he added.

Expressing confidence in winning the assembly elections, Modi said people will surely take revenge for the injustice they have been subjected to since the past 15 years. “The people have made BJP victorious in the five phases that took place, you only have to give us a bonus in the sixth and seventh phase,” he said.

Campaigning for the sixth phase of Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh has reached its peak and political parties are making all efforts to woo the voters in poll-bound areas. 49 constituencies spread over seven districts of eastern UP will go to polls in the sixth phase on Saturday. These districts are Maharajganj, Kushinagar, Gorakhpur, Deoria, Azamgarh, Mau and Ballia.