Prime Minister Narendra Modi today lashed out at his political rivals, saying for BJP, politics was not for the sake of votes as it considered the country’s development as the top-most priority.

Addressing a public meeting after inaugurating a ‘Pashu Arogya Mela’ (cattle health fair) here on the second day of his two-day visit to his Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi, he also promised to double farm income and provide homes to the homeless by 2022. He said his government had “waged a war” against black money and corruption, for which the poor has had to suffer because of “the loot” by the dishonest. “Our (BJP) politics is not for votes, our culture is different. In politics, people do only that task which yields votes, but our character is different. “Some politicians work only when it fetches them votes. But we have been brought up in a different culture. For us, the nation is above all and it is our top-most priority, not votes.”

But looking at the tactics of government lately, the poor and the rural people were the most affected by demonetisation. They were unaware about note ban, incapable of going through the processes, unavailability or limited banks in rural areas and a lot more had made days harder than what we can imagine for all the poor rural people. GST has impacted the agricultural flow; a lot of local agro-dealers are fleeing flies with fly fans since two months because they have nothing to trade on. It was the lower class that was blown the most by economic reforms, yet it is for their gain somehow.

Modi also praised the Uttar Pradesh government and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for his development efforts in the state since taking charge in March, PM Modi said, “I want to congratulate the chief minister for organising the Pashudhan Arogya Mela. This fair will benefit the farmers across the state.” Okay, so forgetting the violent cow vigilance going on in the very state? Forgot about hundred kids who died at Gorakhpur hospital because of administrative hitches? Ah well but, we are talking about just development here.