In an apparent jibe at Harvard economist and Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen for his criticism on demonetisation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that country has seen the difference between the thoughts of those from Harvard and the one who believe in hard work.
Modi, however, did not take Sen’s name but his reference was clear as the economist has been a vocal critic of demonetisation and Modi government’s policies.
“Desh ne dekh liya Harvard (University) walon ki soch kya hoti hai aur hard work ki kya soch hoti hai (Country has seen the thinking of those from Harvard and the one who believe in real hard work),” Modi said while referring to the stable GDP figures despite the note ban at a campaign rally in Maharajganj in Uttar Pradesh.
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“Ek taraf vo hain jo Harvard (University) ki baat karte hain, or ek taraf ye gareeb ka beta hardwork se desh ki economy badalne me laga (On the one hand they talk of what people at Harvard say, on the other, a poor person’s son though his hard work is trying to grow the economy)”, he added.
Modi also targetted the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance, saying, “One has expertise in ruining the country, other has expertise in ruining UP. What will happen if they come together?”
Taking dig at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Modi said that a Congress leader said that he will extract coconut juice in Manipur and will sell in London but he did not know that Nariyal (Coconut) contains water, not juice.
“Orange and lemons have juices, not coconuts. Also, they are grown in Kerala but he will extract coconut juices in Manipur,” Modi added.
Earlier, on February 28 Rahul in his Manipur poll rally said, “I would also want to say that when someone drinks coconut juice in London and sees Made in Manipur is written on it.”
His remark drew flak as Manipur’s climate is not considered ideal for growing coconut.