On New Year’s Eve, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has attacked the Congress again for disrupting Parliament. In fact, he has appealed to the Opposition party to make a New Year resolution to allow Parliament to function in 2016.
“Tomorrow is January 1. When you are going to celebrate New Year, you should take a vow to allow Parliament to run and do its work and not pose hurdles for the country’s development,” PM Modi said in Noida in Uttar Pradesh while addressing a public rally after laying the foundation stone of an expressway connecting Delhi with Meerut.
Focusing his attack primarily on Congress, Modi said, “This is the misfortune of India, Parliament where laws are made is not being allowed to function. Those who have been rejected by people seized its functioning….They do not allow Parliament to run. I request all these political parties not to do so. Since I have not got an opportunity to speak in Lok Sabha, I am taking the opportunity to air my views in ‘Jan Sabha’. People have sent us to Parliament to debate, discuss and decide.”
He went on to sharpen his attack by saying that the Congress, who “enjoyed power” in the country for six decades, is now stalling its development for “political reasons”.
“It is our responsibility to accomplish the work entrusted on us by people. This responsibility specially lies on those who have ruled the country for over 60 years. They know what is the responsibility of Parliament….It is specially their responsibility to ensure that country’s development is not stopped because of their political reasons. They have more responsibility as people had given them opportunity to run the country for over six decades….I understand the anger of those who have not got a chance to rule the country. But those who have enjoyed all kinds of power for 60 years have no right to halt Parliament and destroy its functioning,” PM Modi said.
PM’s comments come a week after the Winter Session of Parliament ended without passing several crucial pending bills including the much talked about Goods and Services Tax Amendment bill.
Modi also chose the occasion to announce that the government has abolished interviews for class III and class IV employees and now appointments will happen strictly on basis of merit.
He urged the state governments, especially Uttar Pradesh to follow the new strategy and announced that the Central government will implement it from January 1.
Speaking on the highway project, PM Modi said that it will help develop weekend tourism and satellite towns.
“We are not merely constructing a road, this is a highway to development,” he said.
(With inputs from PTI)