Surat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched a scathing attack on the Congress-led opposition, saying that it is making fun of their government for its effort to build ‘New India’.

“On one side we are working with full strength towards building a ‘New India’ and on other side there are some people who are making fun of our efforts,” said PM Modi while addressing a public meeting in Gujarat’s Surat, after laying the foundation stone for extension of the new terminal at Surat airport in Gujarat.

Hitting out at the opposition’s proposed grand alliance (mahagathbandhan), the prime minister said that his government wouldn’t have worked for development of the nation had it been in coalition.

Lauding the work done by his government in the last 4.5 years while taking a dig at the erstwhile UPA government, PM Modi said, “If previous govt had to do work that I have done so far, they would have needed 25 more years for it.”

The prime minister also credited demonetisation for bringing down prices of houses and making them affordable for youth.

“I was asked what has been the benefit of note ban decision. You should ask it to the youth, who could buy residential homes at affordable rates after the decision. Black money used to be parked in real estate sector, but with decisions like note ban and RERA, we put a check to it,” PM Modi said.

He lauded the Civil Aviation Ministry’s ‘Udaan’ (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) scheme – a regional connectivity scheme that makes flying affordable for masses, saying it will boost development of the country’s aviation sector.

The prime minister also said that during the last four years of NDA rule, his government constructed 1.30 crore houses while during the previous UPA rule, 25 lakh houses were built.

“India had hung Parliament for 30 years and progress was hit. Four years ago people gave majority after which country is progressing,” he said, making a veiled attack on the Congress.

PM Modi said that the nation was progressing because people had voted a government to power with complete majority.

Earlier, the prime minister laid the foundation stone for extension of the terminal building at Surat Airport. He also inaugurated the Smt Rasilaben Sevantilal Shah Venus Hospital in Surat.

This is PM Modi’s second visit to Gujarat this month. He had visited the state on January 19 to dedicate the Armoured System Complex at Hazira besides attending the Vibrant Gujarat Summit on January 17 and 18.