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I consider ‘bhagidar’ comment a compliment: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today hit back at Congress president Rahul Gandhi for his ‘chowkidar-bhagidar’ remarks, saying he took the remark as a compliment.
“These days I am dubbed as ‘bhagidar’ (partner) and not ‘chowkidar’ (watchman). I feel honoured to be a ‘bhagidar’ of the problems of the poor,” the prime minister said, referring to Gandhi’s insinuation that he was a collaborator’ in graft.
“I take this allegation as a an honour, I am proud to be a ‘bhagidar’ of the pain suffered by the poor, the hard working labour class, the agony of a sad mother, a poor farmer whose crops get destroyed by natural calamities, of soldiers who brave bone-chilling weather as well as scorching heat,” he said.
Modi was speaking at an event to mark the third anniversary of three government initiatives related to urban development.
In his 30-minute address, Modi said by 2022, the government will provide a roof to all homeless people.
“I am a ‘bhagidar’ of that poor family which is forced to sell his land for medical treatment, of the homeless, of illiterate children, and of the unemployed,” he said.
Modi was speaking at a programme on “Transforming Urban Landscape”, marking the third anniversary of three key government initiatives related to urban development — Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation of Urban Transformation and the Smart Cities Mission.
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