Don’t bother about numbers, your every word is valuable: PM Modi to Opposition

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the media as he arrives for the first session of 17th Lok Sabha, at Parliament, in New Delhi, Monday, June 17, 2019. Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi, MoS Parliamentary Affairs, Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Arjun Ram Meghwal and MoS in the Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh are also seen. (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the media as he arrives for the first session of 17th Lok Sabha, at Parliament, in New Delhi, Monday, June 17, 2019. Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi, MoS Parliamentary Affairs, Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Arjun Ram Meghwal and MoS in the Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh are also seen. (PTI Photo)

Reaching out to the opposition on the first day of the monsoon session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said they need not “bother about their numbers” as their every word is “valuable” to the government.

He urged all MPs to be impartial in the House and address issues related to the larger interest of the nation.

Addressing the media outside parliament before the commencement of the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha, Modi said, “When we come to Parliament, we should forget ‘paksh’ (treasury) and ‘vipaksh’ (opposition). We should think about issues with a ‘nishpaksh’ (impartial) spirit and work in the larger interest of the nation.”

Underlining the importance of active opposition in a parliamentary democracy, Modi said he hopes the opposition “will speak actively and participate in House proceedings… I am hopeful that this session will be productive.”

“The role of an opposition and active opposition is the important prerequisite in a parliamentary democracy. The opposition need not bother about their numbers. I hope they speak actively and participate in House proceedings…their every word…every feeling is valuable to us,” he said.

Talking about the newly constituted Lok Sabha, Modi said it is historic in various terms as a maximum number of women MPs have been elected to the lower house since the Independence.

Modi said as this is the first session with new members, there will be a flow of new energy and a new enthusiasm will be reflected in the House to realise the aspirations of the people.

The prime minister said his government worked on the principle of ‘sabka sath, sabka vikas’ (with all, development for all) during his first term and people reposed their faith in it for a second time. As a result, a government has been reelected with a clear majority after several decades, he said.

(PTI)