The group chairman of Larsen & Toubro (L&T), Anil Manibhai Naik, in an interview with Swati Khandelwal of Zee Business supported another term for PM Modi.
Upon being asked what are his expectations for L&T from 2019 as this year is going to be important one due to the general elections? According to a DNA report, in reply to the question Anil Manibhai Naik said, “This year’s elections are going to be different as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is a tough taskmaster with great capabilities, is being pressurised from all sides by the Opposition, which does not like his style of working. The current situation is Modi versus all, thus this election is going to be tough for Modi. That’s why I feel that the election results must be a good one, and Modi should retain power. Or else things will nosedive, and we have experienced a situation twice where the prime minister has been changed in six months. In the second scenario, the Congress, which can win maximum 100-125 seats, will have to form the government with support from 12-15 parties, which is not good for the country.”
Anil Manibhai Naik also supported development of big and complex infra projects. He said, “Slowly, we will bid goodbye to commodity projects like ordinary road and highway development projects, and move to big and complex infra projects like development of Statue of Unity, the 17-km long underwater highway between Navi Mumbai and Mumbai, coastal road and a bridge on the Brahmaputra.”
Earlier, the co-founder of Infosys, Narayana Murthy had also spoken in support of another term for PM Modi. Last year in an interview with ET Now, he had said, “We must be grateful that there is at least a national leader of Modi’s calibre who is interested in improving India. Looking at last 5 years, I feel that having a leader who is focussed on nation, focussed on discipline, cleanliness, economic progress is a good thing. Continuity of govt would be a good thing.”
The appreciation from Narayana Murthy and Anil Manibhai Naik could rally thousands of well-educated people behind Modi government as the influence both of them hold is enormous among Indians.
The corporate leaders at home and around the world have praised Modi government for economic and social reforms. The industry veterans like Ratan Tata, Anand Mahindra, and Uday Kotak have showered praises for the Modi government. Many international business leaders like Former Cisco CEO, John Chambers even warned that it will be disastrous for India if PM Modi does not get the second term.
In the last four and a half years, PM Modi has taken many path-breaking steps to modernise the Indian economy. The steps include demonetization, GST and IBC. The Modi government has been able to take forward the economic development along with the development of the people at the grass-root level. Also, steps like the construction of toilets, Ujjawala Yojna etc. have received praises by the corporate leaders and people across the political spectrum.