Manila, Nov 13: Prime Minister Narendra Modi took potshots at the Congress on Monday for making ‘gas cylinders’ their poll plank during the 2014 polls. Addressing the Indian community in Philippines capital, Manila, during his maiden visit, he said “The Congress told at press conference that they have decided that if they retain power they will increase the number of LPG gas cylinders to consumers from nine to 12 per year. That (number of cylinders) was going to be their poll issue.”

Referring to the Congress-led UPA’s ouster from power after a decade, the PM said,”Such narrow vision at times leads to major crisis.”

The Prime Minister patted the back of his government and said that since coming to power it has allotted free LPG connections to three crore families. “Members of Parliament used to get coupons for 25 LPG gas connections annually to oblige people of their constituency … Imagine, gas connections!” he said.

He added that during his speech from the Red Fort he had requested the well-off citizens to give up LPG subsidy. “There are 25 crore families in the country. Three crore families have been given gas connections and our target is to provide it to five crore families,” he said.

Speaking about the benefits of linking LPG connections with Aadhar, he said “It was revealed that earlier subsidies were also given to people who did not even exist! Subsidy should be given to deserving people. We are saving Rs 57,000 crore annually by linking LPG connections with Aadhaar.”

Taking a jibe at the UPA-government, he said that before 2014 people used to ask how much money is lost due to corruption but now they ask how much money has comeback.

PM Modi addressed the Indian diaspora on the sidelines of the 31st ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Summit being held in Manila, Philippines.

On Monday afternoon PM Modi also held bilateral talks with US President Donald Trump. Following his meeting with Trump, PM Modi said that the relations between the two nations are growing and that the two countries are working for future interests of Asia and humanity. The meeting lasted for about 45 minutes behind closed doors.