Prime Minister Narendra Modi today warned of "tough decisions" over the next couple of years to improve the country's financial health, which he said may not go down well with some sections, and attacked the way the previous Manmohan Singh-led UPA government had handled the Indian economy.
"Taking tough decisions and strong measures in the coming one or two years are needed to bring financial discipline which will restore and boost the country's self-confidence", he said addressing BJP workers here.
This is the first occasion in less than three weeks since taking over reins of power that Narendra Modi has made sharply critical comments on the previous PM government's performance.
Time has come to take tough decisions in the interest of the nation. Whatever decisions we take will be solely guided by national interest.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 14, 2014
"I have taken over the reins of the country in circumstances when there is nothing left behind by the previous government. They left everything empty. The country's financial health has hit the bottom," Modi said.
However, in the short run, such measures may not go down well with everybody, he said.
"I am well aware that my steps may dent the immense love that the country has given to me. But when my countrymen would realise that these steps would result in getting the financial health back, then I will regain that love," said the Prime Minister.
On the other hand, if these tough measures were not taken, the financial situation would not improve, he said, adding "we need to take action wherever required".
"We won't be helping the country by praising Modi and praising BJP. There is no guarantee that just singing praise of Modi would improve the situation. We need to take harsh measures to improve the financial situation," he said.
Shortly later, Modi tweeted that "time has come to take tough decisions in the interest of the nation. Whatever decisions we take will be solely guided by national interest".
The Prime Minister said it was a misconception that people in government are not willing to work for the country.
"In a government set-up, most officials would like to do something for the country. They are ready to work. This is what I can say from my experience as the Prime Minister in the last fifteen days," Modi said.
Referring to this year's Lok Sabha elections,