Prime Minister Narendra Modi replied to the debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s address in Lok Sabha on Wednesday. He will be speaking in the Upper House on the motion later in the afternoon. Amid vociferous uproar by the members of Congress party, he said the country is still paying for the mistakes committed by the principal opposition party.
“Several members of Parliament expressed their thoughts on various subjects. The address by the Honourable President does not belong to any party. It is about the aspirations of every Indian,” he said opening his reply to the motion.
Attacking Congress for creation of Telangana, he said the previous UPA government took a decision with only political considerations and people are suffering for that decision.
“Partition was result of Congress’ wrong policies… Not a single day has passed when country has not suffered due to it,” PM Modi said amid continuous pandemonium.
“If Sardar Patel had been the country’s first prime minister, then a part of Jammu and Kashmir would not be in Pakistan’s control, he said, claiming that most units of the Congress had backed Patel over Jawaharlal Nehru, who eventually became prime minister.
Referring to Congress MP’s protest over the issue of Andhra Pradesh, where the state government is seeking centre’s aide, the Prime Minister said time and again Congress top leadership humiliated the leaders of Andhra Pradesh and today they are accusing us of not paying heed to the state.
You had power from Panchayat to Parliament after independence. Had you showed some sense of responsibility and direction, the country would have progressed much more than where it stands today, he said attacking the Congress party further.
Counting the achievements of his government, he said the GST has expanded the tax base and several decisions are taken in the sphere of infrastructure due to which the highways are now being constructed with twice the pace, rail network is expanding, and even shut fertilizer factories have come into operation.
“The NDA Government has changed the work culture in the nation. Projects are not only thought about well but also executed in a timely manner. 1 lakh panchayats got optic fibre in the last 3 years. More villages are getting optical fibre network in the last three years than they got previously. This is the transformation happening,” he said.
Flaying the Congress party on the issue of internal security, he said “When our army was engaged in standoff at Dokalam, your (Congress) leaders preferred to meet Chinese officials”.
On the issue of rail network, the Prime Minister told that the past BJP Government in Karnataka made it possible to work quickly on the rail line. “We do not bother who is the local MP or MLA, which party they belong to. We serve the nation and care for 125 crore Indians,” he said.
On unemployment, where the government has come in for criticism by the Opposition, the Prime Minister said his government has initiated several schemes like start ups and self employment in this sphere.
“I can see the energy and enthusiasm in our youth. They want to do something on their own, they want to launch their own start-ups. Our Government is giving wings to the aspirations of India’s middle class,” he said.
Among the achievements of his government, the Prime Minister also said that Aadhaar have been made more effective in terms of enabling better and effective service delivery.
Post his speech, the Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address was passed in Lok Sabha by voice vote with all the amendments moved by opposition negated.
The members of Congress party, who held a noisy protest all through the Prime Minister’s speech staged a walkout after the speech.
The debate in Lok Sabha was initiated by BJP MP Rakesh Singh, who counted the achievements of the government. The motion was seconded by Pralhad Venkatesh Joshi. The opposition on the other hand questioned the government policies.
Members of the TMC, BJD and Shiv Sena among others also participated in the debate.