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Grand finale of Manthan in Delhi

On the afternoon of Wednesday 2nd October 2013 Shri Narendra Modi came to Delhi to attend the grand finale of Manthan. Speaking at the beginning of the programme, Shri Modi said that he looks forward to sitting among the youngsters as a student and hear their thoughts and ideas. Shri Modi went on to say that the youngsters have done Manthan that is both online and offline. He added that this is a Manthan that has seen participation by all types of people and it has been done democratically.

The dignitaries who were present were former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh (1995-2004) Shri Chandrababu Naidu of the Telugu Desam Party and eminent lawyer and MP Shri Ram Jethmalani.

In his speech, Shri Naidu gave an open call to defeat the Congress so that India can prosper. He added that if this does not happen, everyone would have to suffer. Shri Chandrababu Naidu showered praise on the working of the NDA Government under Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Shri LK Advani. He opined that the pace of reforms that was very slow through the Congress years picked pace. He spoke about how it was the TDP and the NDA that added value to Andhra Pradesh and especially Hyderabad, where leaders like Mr. Bill Clinton and Mr. Tony Blair visited, giving the example of their Vision 2020. He credited the NDA for the telecom revolution, the work in roads, the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and power reform among other things.

Referring to the situation today, Shri Naidu affirmed that the common man is suffering due to rising prices, agriculture is in the doldrums, law and order is a problem and schemes are mere slogans. He urged the youngsters to use the 2014 elections as an opportunity to begin India’s journey as a superpower.

On Shri Narendra Modi, Shri Chandrababu Naidu said, “After 2004 people are talking about Gujarat. There is a total shift to Gujarat (like it was for Hyderabad before.”

Large number of youngsters are present on the occasion.


On 2nd October 2013 Shri Narendra Modi will interact with college students at the finale of Manthan. He will also deliver the closing address for the event. The programme will be held at New Delhi’s Thyagaraj Stadium and is being organized by the Citizens of Accountable Governance (CAG). Manthan is among India’s biggest youth movement that is seeking to set a positive agenda before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Over 7000 students from over 200 top colleges across the nation will attend the interaction with Shri Modi. The colleges include the IITs, IIMs, Business Schools, Law Schools and other universities.

The movement encouraged college students to come up with innovative solutions to 14 most crucial challenges facing India today. Over 20,000 students from over 700 colleges spread across 250 cities participated. The adjudication happened using a two-pronged approach. Over 5 lakh students voted on the Manthan website to select the best ideas and at the same time over 50 experts from various fields provided their inputs. The top 3 ideas from each theme have been selected.

Shri Narendra Modi has been invited as the speaker for the Manthan finale on the popular request of the youth. In an online poll during the last two months over 80% of youngsters voted for Shri Modi as the leader they would like to listen.

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