Baragarh, (The Telegraph): : Prime Minister Narendra Modi today alleged that some people were conspiring to bring down his government but he vowed not to succumb to their pressure.
The Prime Minister did not name anyone but his outburst came while he was listing the measures his government took against fertiliser pilferers and a section of non-government organisations.
Addressing an impressive farmers' rally here in Odisha, Modi said: "There is a section of people who cannot digest the fact that a chai wala (tea seller) has become Prime Minister. Hence they are engaging in a conspiracy to bring down my government. But I will not succumb to their pressure."
He added: "After I started streamlining the process of urea distribution, its black-marketing has almost stopped. After 2014, no chief minister or MP has lodged any complaint about shortage of urea in their areas. This has upset a section of traders who were indulging in black-marketing. After we came to power, we started distributing neem-coated urea to avoid pilferage and were able to stop the routing of urea to chemical factories as had been the practice in the past. This angered those running the chemical factories."
He indicated that these traders had joined hands with a group of disgruntled NGOs to defame his government that sought to know the source of funds. "The moment we started asking for the accounts, they ganged up against us," Modi said.
Asserting that he was determined to stop unscrupulous elements from looting the country, Modi said: "I have a duty to cure the country of this disease. People who have elected me have the right to know where the money comes from and how it is being utilised."
The Prime Minister took a dig at chief minister Naveen Patnaik who addressed farmers' gatherings in western Odisha ahead of his rally. "I must thank the Naveen Patnaik government for organising a meeting prior to my meeting. His meeting helped generate public awareness about this meeting," Modi said.
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