Prime Minister Narendra Modi hit out at the Congress party for stalling the proceedings in the Parliament. He said that “40 MPs were conspiring to block the country’s development against the wishes of 400 MPs” and that is an “insult” to democracy. He claimed that the government’s voice was being “throttled” despite the massive mandate given by the people.
“Beyond Lok Sabha is ‘jan sabha’ and that is why I am expressing my views here. Some people (opposition) are doing this just for their arrogance. There can be nothing more unfortunate than this. The people will not forgive these parties for their conduct in Parliament,” said the PM in a public speech in Chandigarh on Friday.
“40 MPs are conspiring to block development of the country against the wishes of the 400 MPs,” said the Prime Minister said attacking Congress.
PM Modi said he decided to share his feelings before the public because ‘jan sabha’ (public assembly) is above Lok Sabha.
In his speech, PM Modi also took credit for delivering on his promise of implementing One Rank One Pension (OROP). He attacked the previous UPA government saying that they did not pay adequate attention to the enormity of the exercise and that is why UPA allotted only Rs 500 crore for OROP. In reality, the implementation entails an expenditure of a whopping Rs 10,000 crore per annum, PM Modi explained.
“The previous government never knew what is OROP, its responsibilities and what steps needed to be taken (to implement it) and no government thought about it. Had the previous government considered it, they would not have only earmarked Rs 500 crore,” said PM Narendra Modi.
“We also thought that perhaps the expenditure on OROP will be a bit more than Rs 500 crore. But when we calculated the whole scheme, its expenditure reached Rs 10,000 crore. This amount is not small. But it is also not bigger than the sacrifice made by our jawans…Even now I am seeing some people have not left their plans to hold protest on this issue. They thought that this issue was so complicated that they would be able to exploit the issue for next 5 years,” added Prime Minister Modi.
(With inputs from PTI)