He also alleged that poverty was not alleviated as it could hit the "vote bank" of parties in the past.
Addressing the 'Jagran Forum' organised by the Dainik Jagran media group, the prime minister said, "People with big surnames came to power and went but no solution could be found to problems."
He was making an oblique reference to the Nehru-Gandhi family.
Modi said the country had targets but lacked commitment and passion.
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