Accusing the Congress-led UPA government of pushing back the country by a decade, BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi today said that he would endeavour to provide effective governance as it was more important than good policies.
"Good governance is more potent than policies," he added.
Modi also reacted to the the controversy generated on Tuesday by Union Minister Salman Khurshid who had said, "We don't accuse you (Modi) of killing people... Hamara aarop hai ki tum 'napunsak' (impotent) ho. (Our accusation is that you are impotent). You couldn't stop the killers."
"We need direction, determination and dedication... We need good governance. Bad governance is like diabetes which invites all kinds of ailments", he said while unveiling his vision for development at a seminar on 'A New Growth Paradigm for India'.
Narendra Modi further said: "We have reached a stage where the country is slipping back... We have lost a decade, we have to start afresh. When Atal Bihari Vajpayee left, the growth was 8.4 per cent, now the growth has come down to 4.8 per cent."
India, he said, was not only suffering from fiscal deficit but also from "governance deficit, trust deficit, security deficit and moral deficit.
"There is despondency. We have lost confidence. If we can regain confidence, we can not only move but can also run."
Observing that India is a young country with democratic institutions and demand for products, Modi said, "we should consider them as strengths and make policies keeping them in view".
Referring to specific issues, Modi said that he would attempt to focus equally on the three pillars of growth -- manufacturing, agriculture and services sectors, and try to bridge the gap between rich and poor to make development more inclusive.
The Gujarat Chief Minister said economic growth should be inclusive, speedy and yet sustainable.
He said the development agenda should be "respectful to individual, responsive to innovation and responsible towards future generation" and governments should work towards improving standard of living and providing social justice.
Referring to plethora of laws, he said the need of the hour was to do way with the "jungle of laws".
In an apparent indication to BJP's election manifesto, Modi said a political party's manifesto should also talk about the number of laws that would be taken off the books.
On energy security, Modi said nature has been kind to India and it should exploit its solar, wind and hydro