Revdi culture: PM Modi warns against electoral freebies at Bundelkhand expressway launch

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that efforts are being made to bring in the culture of collecting votes by distributing ‘free revdi’ (sweets) in the country. PM Modi warned people against the revri culture under which votes are collected by promising freebies and said this could be’ very dangerous’ for the development of the country.

“This Revdi culture is very dangerous for the development of the country. Those with Revdi culture will never build new expressways, new airports or defense corridors for you. Together we have to defeat this thinking, remove Revdi culture from the politics of the country,” said the PM.

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 16, 2022

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 16, 2022

PM Modi warned people, especially the youth, against the revdi culture, calling it ‘very dangerous’ for the development of the country. Revdi is a popular sweet especially in north India.

Prime Minister Modi was speaking at a gathering after inaugurating the 296-km Bundelkhand expressway. He also said that if the government takes any decision and brings in policies, then the idea is to boost the development and growth of the country.

“Anything that harms the country, affects the development of the country, that should be kept away,” he said.

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OPPOSITION REACTS

Samajwadi party chief Akhilesh Yadav responded to PM Modi’s ‘revdi culture’ remark and asked, “Is Revdi word unparliamentary?”

Taking to his official Twitter handle, the SP chief said, “If those in the ruling party who are running a thank you campaign by distributing revdi by giving jobs to youth, then they can protect themselves from this blaming’ culture.

— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) July 16, 2022

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘free revdi culture’ remark, aimed at freebie politics. Arvind Kejriwal said providing free, quality education and medical care is not giving out revdi.

Hitting out at PM Modi’s ‘revdi culture’ jibe, Delhi CM said, “Allegations are being levelled against me but I want to ask what my mistake is. There are 18 lakh students studying in Delhi govt schools. We are providing them with free, quality education. Am I committing a crime by giving them free, good education?”

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— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) July 16, 2022

PM Modi also slammed the previous dispensations in Uttar Pradesh for the lack of connectivity and said the ‘double-engine” government was now ensuring major transformation of the state with fast-improving connectivity.

He said the distance from Chitrakoot to Delhi by the Bundelkhand expressway has been reduced by three-four hours, but its benefit is much more than that. The prime minister also heaped praise on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and said that the state is seeing major transformation with better law and order and fast-improving connectivity.

The Bundelkhand Expressway passes through seven districts of Uttar Pradesh and has been constructed at a cost of around Rs 14,850 crore.

(With PTI inputs)

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