On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Lok Sabha replying on the Motion of Thanks to President Pranab Mukherjee’s address in Lok Sabha. Modi’s words even offered some lighter moments for the Parliament, which had been witnessing heated arguments for days now. Similarly, Modi did not get into the raging debate on nationalism, the Jawaharlal Nehru University row, the suicide of Hyderabad Central University scholar Rohith Vemula, and the charge that the BJP is anti-Dalit. There are such bright MPs in the Opposition. but they aren’t being allowed to speak. This is for the nation.
In another jibe at the Congress vice-president, Mr Modi said that people gain wisdom with the passage of age, “but there were some people who never grow”.
“No one will deny that if Congress would’ve helped the poor in 60 years, the poor wouldn’t still be facing trouble. Let us work together to build this country”, he said.
While the Prime Minister was speaking, Rahul was seen leaving the House, prompting BJP benches to take a dig at the Congress leader. Quoting Nehru, Indira and Rajiv Gandhi on parliamentary decorum and sanctity, Modi smartly cornered the opposition with a strong case against parliamentary disruptions, even as he reached out to it for supporting “improvement” in government. “This is not what I say but this is what former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi said”, he said.
While AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh on Friday reminded PM Narendra Modi of former PM Atal Behari Vajpayee’s advice to follow “raj dharma”, the Congress asked why Mr Modi did not speak on the issues raised by Rahul Gandhi in the LS.
Mounting pressure on the BJP government, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said he will continue to fight until the Centre rolls back the proposal for levying tax on EPF withdrawals.
He said the NDA government has targeted the country’s “honest salaried class” by levying taxes on the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) but has given a free run to black money hoarders. “He said CAG had said in its report of 2012 pointed out how corruption was linked to MNREGA”. Gandhi said for brotherhood and peace it is important that Congress comes back to power in Assam.
Again, without taking Gandhi’s name, Modi recalled how the Congress leader had in 2013 tore before reporters a controversial ordinance of the then Congress government on convicted lawmakers.
Modi also pointed to the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna or rural roads programme started at the time of the previous National Democratic Alliance government between 1998 and 2004.
Gandhi said the Gogoi-led government in Assam had worked for women with Rs 5,000 deposited in the account of each girl child born, backward people, tea garden workers and creating employment opportunities for youths in the state. Your own government in Kerala has not implemented it. You are going to polls there with full force.