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Can’t develop cities with poll-centric approach: PM

Updated on: 21 September,2022 09:05 AM IST  |  Gandhinagar
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The PM also urged mayors and other local elected representatives to spend time with the poor beneficiaries (of government schemes) to understand their issues and also work on the beautification of their respective cities

Can’t develop cities with poll-centric approach: PM

Narendra Modi. Pic/AFP


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asked mayors of BJP-ruled urban bodies to plan a holistic development of cities and said the elected representatives should not think just in terms of winning polls as cities cannot be developed with an election-centric approach.


“The elected representatives should not think just in terms of winning elections. You cannot develop your city with an election-centric approach. Many times, decisions which could prove beneficial for the cities are not taken just out of the fear that such decisions can result in election loss,” the PM said after virtually inaugurating an all-India conference of mayors of BJP-ruled cities, in Gandhinagar.

The PM also urged mayors and other local elected representatives to spend time with the poor beneficiaries (of government schemes) to understand their issues and also work on the beautification of their respective cities.


He said states should take the lead in urban planning instead of just depending on the Centre. As many as 118 mayors and deputy mayors of BJP-ruled urban local bodies from 18 states and Union Territories are participating in the two-day event.

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