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Paying Tribute To BJS Leader Nanaji Deshmukh, PM Modi Demands Cleanliness

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On the occasion of Loknayak Jaiprakash Narayan and Sangh Parivar veteran Nanaji Deshmukh's birth anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday paid his tribute to the national icon.

Addressing a gathering at the event, Prime Minister said that JP Narayan was never interested in politics. He was actively involved in the Quit India Movement while fighting corruption in the nation.

The Prime Minister said, "We cannot allow unclean villages. Together, let us work towards furthering cleanliness in rural areas and making our villages ODF. The progress of rural areas depends on the wellbeing of artisans, those associated with agriculture and animal husbandry."

"The rural development efforts of our Government are comprehensive, time-bound and 'outcome driven', not 'output driven.' We are constantly guided by Nanaji Deshmukh’s vision of Gram Uday and are working for the development of our villages."

“Strength of a democracy cannot be restricted to how many people vote,” the Prime Minister said adding that its essence Jan Bhagidari (public involvement) and integrating people in the development journey of the cities and villages.

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Raking up the issue of sanitation, the Prime Minister said that lack of sanitation facilities in villages is adversely impacting the development of these regions.

“That is why we have been working to overcome this and build toilets in rural areas,” he said.

"I bow to the venerable Loknayak JP on his Jayanti. His unflinching courage and righteousness continue to inspire every Indian."

"Remembering Nanaji Deshmukh on his birth anniversary. We are constantly motivated by his noble service and emphasis on rural development," Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier said in a series of tweets.

The leader of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS), Nanaji Deshmukh was a member of the Rajya Sabha who worked for issues like education, health, and rural self-reliance. Honoured with the Padma Vibhushan, he was also a national icon.