Prime Minister Narendra Modi says that his promise of achche din was in the context of bure din.
Talking to The Tribune newspaper, he said, “when visiting an ailing person, we say don’t worry, he’ll be well (achcha ho jayega). The word achcha here is in the context of burra that the patient is going through. So my idea of achche din is riddance of that bad. And I believe we’ve achieved that.”
Modi also criticised his political opponents for poking fun at his promise of achche din for India adding that “our opponents started with making fun of the idea asking every time a train would be late if it were achche din.”
On black money, the PM said that those who had been in power had no “right to question him on black money.”
“To get black money from abroad, we need cooperation of countries around the world,” Modi said.
Achche din was a dominating theme of BJP’s campaign in 2014 general elections. Amongs other things, Prime Minister Modi had promised to bring back black money stashed in foreign banks. In one of the election rallies, he had suggested that every Indian would have ‘Rs 15-20 lakh’ in their bank accounts if all black money was recovered from abroad.
Later, the BJP president Amit Shah described it an ‘election jumla’ drawing flak from his political rivals.
In the interview, PM Modi also replied about the One Rank One Pension initiative. He said, “Jawans have been demanding OROP for 57 years but the past governments did nothing when they were in power.”
“We are trying to arrive at a please-all decision,” he added.
The PM’s assurance came a day after Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said that no time frame could be specified for the implementation of OROP as a couple of administrative steps were still pending.
On being asked to identify his biggest achievement of the last one year, PM Modi said he was proud that not a ‘single incident of corruption’ had been reported during his first year in office.