Taking a straight jibe at PM Modi for his Parliament speech on Thursday, in which the Prime Minister attacked Rahul Gandhi for the lack of intellect, Gandhi said that the PM said something which he should not have said. “These are not my words, this was said by former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi”, Modi said while replying to the motion of thanks to President’s address.
During his speech, PM Modi invoked late Congress stalwarts and Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru and Rajiv Gandhi to urge the Opposition to let Parliament function “peacefully and responsibly”.
“You say the GST Bill was brought by you, so why don’t you help us in passing it? We must admit that MGNREGA is not a symbol of our success”, he added. “There is no logic to oppose it”.
“On an average the number of days a person gets work is 30 to 40 days”, Modi said adding his government was trying to address all these issues including striking out a role for intermediaries who were accused of siphoning off money”. “I don’t disagree with it”, said the prime minister.
“Launch personal attacks at me as much you want and enjoy it but do answer my four questions”.
Busting out at Rahul Gandhi’s speech targeting Prime Minster Narendra Modi and his government, the BJP leaders said that, Rahul is a lying machine, who keeps on misleading the house.
He said a democratic country like India can not be left at the mercy of the bureaucracy as he sought to underline the importance of the Legislature, saying even a single MP of any party should be treated like “Prime Minister”.
Citing the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report of 2012, Modi said the Congress-led UPA government failed to get the scheme implemented to maximum effect in the poorest states. The present Prime Minister not only works hard and involves himself in the functioning of the various departments of the government, but inspires his team to work harder than we would have normally. I need the benefit of your experience.
“People were lured by Modi’s false and hollow promises and just like my friend who is now engaged in getting the amount refunded, the people of the country are also asking for a refund”, he said, . Modi, however, did not respond to the specific issues raised by Rahul and other opposition leaders, including his surprise visit to Pakistan, the police action against JNU students and the suicide of Dalit student Rohith Vemula. “We would not have needed MNREGA if there was no poverty”, he said.
Rahul said people fighting for the poor and the weaker sections were branded traitors and those working for the rich and a select group of industrialists were called patriots.