''After ruling for 60 years, the Congress has suddenly remembered the poor. People of this country have suffered and remained poor due to shortsighted policies of the Congress,'' PM Modi said in an interview to a private video news agency.

Even as his Cabinet decided today to promulgate the Land Acquisition Ordinance for the third time, Modi has said the legislation is not "a matter of life or death for me" and that he was prepared to accept any suggestions.
"This is not a matter of life or death for me. And neither was it the agenda of my party or the government," he said in a separate interview carried by a English newspaper.

Hitting out at Congress, Modi said, "Did the coal and spectrum scandals or the CWG fiasco benefit the poor? Everyone knows who were the beneficiaries -- some chosen industrialists and contractors."
The Prime Minister also spoke about the controversy surrounding the 'One-Rank, One-Pension' (OROP) for ex-servicemen and said, "We are committed to OROP, but we are in consultation with defence personnel regarding the definition of OROP.''

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