Replying to the debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly defended his government’s initiatives even as he attacked the principal opposition Congress party. Earlier in the noon, he replied to the Motion in the Lok Sabha.
“You call us name changers….we are aim chasers,” he said in a sharp retort to the Congress party’s claims that the current regime is continuing with the schemes of the past governments by changing their names.
“We work hard and have ushered in a paradigm shift in the working of the Government. Innovative projects are being thought about and completed in a time bound manner,” the Prime Minister added.
Speaking on the recently proposed healthcare scheme — Ayushman Bharat – he sought the members across political parties to work together in providing the poor quality and affordable healthcare. “I am sure we agree on is that there is a lot of work to be done in our health sector,” Modi said.
Replying to the debate, he said the slogan of ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’ was not coined by him but by Mahatma Gandhi who after independence wanted the Congress party to be disbanded as there was no need for it.
“You don’t need ‘New India’, but the India of Emergency, Bofors and chopper scams.
“We want Mahatma Gandhi’s India as he had said there is no need for Congress now. The slogan of ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’ is not Modi’s idea, it was given by Mahatma Gandhi,” he said amid thumping of desks by BJP members.
Responding to criticism over his Davos visit, Modi said, “I also went to Davos, you also went to Davos. But the difference is – you went with a letter to save someone.”
“I fail to understand why some people feel bad when India improves its ease of business rankings,” he said in an oblique reference to the Opposition parties. Off late, the credit rating agencies has backed India’s improved ratings owing to the policies of the government.
Defending the government move on instant triple talaq, he accused the opposition groups of resorting to politics and moving the goalpost misreading the criminal provisions as listed in the bill.
Pitching for the simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly polls he sought a broad-based discussion by all the parties. The issue was also raised by the President in his joint address.
“The polls entail lot of cost in terms of logistics, security arrangements… there may be differences within us but let us give discussion over this matter a chance,” he said.