Rajya Sabha begins Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address

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JP NaddaRajya Sabha MP and BJP working president J P Nadda on Monday sought cooperation of the Opposition to run the House smoothly, saying disruptions affect them the most.

Initiating a debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s address in Rajya Sabha, Nadda said the government wants not just ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’ (development and cooperation of all) but also ‘Sabka Vishwas’ (everybody’s trust or faith).

Nadda said, “We should agree to disagree in the House. But we should not disagree just for the sake of disagreement. I appeal. I need all of yours support. There were many disruption in the House in the past. This (disruption affects) the opposition the most.”

Outlining the direction of newly formed Modi 2.0, he told the House that this government would work toward improving ease of living in the next five years to further reach out to the commoners in the country.

During his address, Nadda said while in Opposition, he had got the award of best parliamentarian.

He said the government’s focus would be on poor, women and youth in the next five years.

On Prime Minister Narendra Modi getting several international awards, he said: “These are all awards for India. Now India is not just a spectator but also a player in the international scene.”

Seconding the motion, BJP member Sampatiya Uikey lauded the NDA government for working for women’s progress and improving their lives through various social sector schemes and policies during the past five years.

Speaking on the motion of thanks to the President’s address in Rajya Sabha, leader of the opposition, Ghulam Nabi Azad, raised issues of high unemployment and crime rates. He also criticised ‘New India’.

Ghulam Nabi AzadLaunching a scathing attack on the government and its policies, Azad said a party could win elections on divisive policies but the “Nation stood defeated”.

“Keep your New India to yourself but return our old India where there was a culture of love and …where there was no lynching and no hatred…Where Hindu and Muslims used to feel the pain of each other,” said Azad.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present in the House during Azad’s address.

Referring to the President’s speech on Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th anniversary celebrations, Azad said unfortunately a candidate of the ruling party called the killer of the Father of the Nation a patriot and no action was taken and the candidate was a parliamentarian now.

He referred to how former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on complaints about a Congress candidate in 1952 had instead urged people to vote for an Independent candidate who had a clean image.

On New India, he said it was full of hatred where people were afraid of people and not afraid while being in Jungle.

“In old India, there was no hatred, anger or lynching. New India is one where humans are enemies of each other. You won’t be scared of animals in a jungle but you’ll be scared of humans here. Give us India where Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians live for each other.”

He added: “I request you to keep the ‘New India’ to yourself and give us our old India where there was a culture of love. Hindus used to feel the pain when Muslims and Dalits used to get hurt. When something used to get into the eyes of Hindus, Muslims and Dalits used to shed tears for them.”

Azad said the BJP government banked on tall promises and publicity and failed to translate things into reality.

“We prefer to remain in opposition for 1,000 years but cannot adopt your path…We cannot run government through TV..We can afford to be out of Parliament…A party can win on decisive policies but the Nation has lost..We want victory of the country,” he said.

He also spoke about unemployment, and said it was at its peak with government trying to curb reports by various agencies and that the youth who voted for BJP needed justice. He said, as per NSSO report, the unemployment was highest in the last five years.

He alleged a new trend has been set by this government by curbing independent reports and the practice of reports being laid in Parliament being done away with.

He also alleged that the government failed to empower women.

He said cooperative federalism has been demolished and alleged how in Arunachal Pradesh the Congress government which had 3/4th majority was toppled with Assembly speaker election held in a restaurant and CM election in a bar.

(With inputs from PTI)