Parliament Session: Narendra Modi replied to the debate on motion of thanks to the president's address.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's spoke in the Lok Sabha today, on the Motion of Thanks to the President's address. The discussion on the motion of thanks to President Ram Nath Kovind's address to the joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament on the opening day of the Budget Session began yesterday and was initiated by the BJP's chief whip Rakesh Singh. Following PM Modi's speech today, the motion was adopted by a voice-vote, given the NDA's majority in the lower house. The BJP had issued a whip and asked its members to be present in the parliament today. In his reply, PM Modi responded to the recent attacks on his government by the opposition parties, including employment generation, state of the economy, and foreign affairs among others.
Here are the highlights of the Budget Session Of Parliament:
We have provided cheap dialysis treatment to lacs of patients. Have provided LED lights which help in the savings for the middle class.
Everybody expressed their views on combined elections for Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.
Till 1967, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha elections happened together. And then it stopped. After the elections, centre and states must work together. Let us have a constructive discussion on holding simultaneous Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections in the various states: PM Modi in Rajya Sabha.
We are working to ensure that every Indian has his or her own home: PM
There must be budget allocation behavioural change. Ghulam Nabi Azad spoke about the Bofors deal. R venkatraman in his autobiography said that 'it will be difficult to say that congress didn't receive commission'. We must all work towards behavioural change.
We introduced Ujwala India that empowers women. Clean cooking is important for the society. This is not a political issue.
You (opposition) also discussed the amount spent on Swacch Bharat...sanitation, cleanliness..are topics in which more than infrastructure, habits come into question..For behavioral change we need to educate people, create awareness. Even in states where your party is in power, you should work towards behavioral change among people and educating them : PM Modi on Swacch Bharat.
Torture on women is not a matter of BJP, Congress or any other party...a lot is said about women, our daughters...but nobody raises questions on our sons...how are they brought up, what kind of principles are they taught that they commit such crimes..it is more important to raise them properly.
Swacch Bharat Yojna, International Yoga day, even surgical strikes are being made fun of, continuously brought up. But this is because you do not have the courage to face the people. The kind of law you wanted on triple talaq...even you could have done it..your minister (Congress) had raised voice against triple talaq but when he saw the majority was in favour and the vote bank politics was in danger...he backed off. : PM Modi on triple talaq.
OBC's have now stood up. Why should someone oppose recognition of the OBC commission? You don't have the courage to openly oppose it, hence you're finding reasons to oppose.
We have set up 11 beekeeping centers in 4 years. We can create a global market
We need to make efforts.
We have all been chief ministers. You worked and that's good. But your idea was incomplete and implementation was also incomplete. It is important that the money that is meant for a particular project should be spent on that particular project In our country, we need to focus on agriculture...if there is a lot of sugarcane production than also the farmer will suffer and if there is less production even then the farmer will suffer. Now sprinklers are used for sugarcane production. We are working towards making sure that farmers get fair amount for their produce. We need to remember that the world is moving towards holistic healthcare...and we can become big in the global market as exporters of natural products which will benefit a lot of farmers. We need to work towards value addition. Solar pumps will help in saving electricity.
Amit Shah spoke in the parliament. Ghulam Nabi Azad said that Sardar Patel wasn't mentioned in the speech. Glad that you remembered him. Elections happened in Gujarat. Sardar Patel was mentioned in every campaign by the Congress. I was happy to see this. And after the elections were over there is no picture of Sardar Patel anywhere.
When I was the Chief Minister I had to write letters to the prime minister. Now urea is being made available easily. So many projects almost 30 to 40 years old...Let's talk about food security bill. Why didn't you implement it in year 1?
To start programmes you say that they were started at your time...but you forget the negatives that happened during your time. If we are actually implementing those programmes for the welfare of the people then what is the problem? PM Modi asks Congress.
We sometimes just make schemes and leave them half finished. There have been programmes, initiatives that were declared about decades ago but now only exist as names.
For four decades, you made fool of the people. For 28 years, Congress did nothing about benami property...you did not make any rules. Congress boycotted implementation of GST...whatever negativity you have against it...the money from GST will ultimately benefit the people of the country.
One rank one pension was being withheld for 10 years. When we implemented it, we realised 11,000 crores were required.
On 7th July 1998 the government said multi-purpose identity cards will be used for employment in public sector. Seeds of Aadhaar were sown 20 years back, it is with us. Even if you say Aadhaar was your idea, even if you say we are taking credit for your work, we don't have a problem because for us the interest of people is more important. The Supreme Court had ordered you to take a decision on this but you did not take any decision for 3 years.: PM Modi on the Aadhar controversy.
India has reached where it has because of every government's contribution. You said that everything that happened before 2014 was because of you. We don't ask you remember Atalji (Bihari Vajpayee). We are not dying for you to take Atal Bajpayee's for his contributions...its your wish whosoever's name you want to take.
You also said that we are name changers and not game changers, we are aim chasers. We work hard.
You have also spoken about the Jan Dhan Yojna...the 31 crore accounts that were opened came after the BJP came to power in 2014. We want to take the country towards a better tomorrow.
PM Modi says, You said you don't want this new India. You want Gandhi's India. Gandhi wanted to dissolve the Congress after independence. Congress mukt bharat not Modi's idea, but Gandhi's idea.
Do you want Bofors scam India, Emergency India? Do you want the India that shuts down newspapers? Do you want an India in which thousands of Sikhs are massacred?
If ranking of ease of doing business goes up why should anyone be sad? You start attacking the rating agency. Nowhere in the world does that happen. You must criticize the BJP but while criticizing the BJP you start criticizing India. You can never accept the fact that people like us are here (running the government). : PM Modi in the Rajya Sabha
There is no politics when it comes to fighting diseases. Whether you (opposition) do it or we do it doesn't matter...just that the country should benefit from it: PM Modi
There is a lot that needs to be done in the health sector. I would like Congress and others to build a task force and suggest the lacking bits that the situation can be improved. We need to sit together and build a Bharat Yojna so that people can trust us with providing better health facilities. How can we improve? All of you could give your suggestions.. (political parties)...there is no problem in that...we would take your suggestions and see if they can be applied: PM Modi in the Rajya Sabha
PM's Motion of Thanks in the Rajya Sabha:
- The Prime Minister says no one listens to him in the Lok Sabha so he has to speak here.
- Something that is successful in the UK may not be successful in India.
- PM Modi speaks on health sector and how to work towards making the health sector better.
PM Modi starts speaking in the Rajya Sabha.
Had Sardar Patel Been Prime Minister, Full Kashmir Would've Been Ours: PM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday tore into the Congress during his speech in Lok Sabha, for motion of thanks to the President's address. Mr Modi directly attacked the Gandhis and the Congress, blaming them for India's partition; he also said democracy is India's tradition and his government does not need a lesson on it
The house adopts the motion of thanks to the President's address. Lok Sabha adjourned till 3 pm.
I reiterate to those in the Congress that to achieve big things, you need to be have a big heart. My appeal to all of you present here is that we have to create a new India. Let us work together to fulfil the dreams of the people: PM Modi in Lok Sabha
The nation's army was standing ground in Doklam but leaders of one party preferred to meet Chinese officials. The same party questions the army on surgical strikes. It was a time when the government, the opposition and all parties should've stood together: PM Modi in Lok Sabha
I have proof of how the Congress looted and plundered India. You will pay for your sins. Time has come for you to be held accountable and answerable to the people of India, says PM Modi in parliament
The workings of our previous government are responsible for the NPA mess. They are 100% responsible and nobody else. The banking policies of the previous governments were not proper. The middlemen were happy but the country was suffering, says PM Modi
Loans were given without any scrutiny, they were distributed like sweets. Your bad decisions have directly been the reason for failures: PM Modi
It was for the nations benefit that I was silent when you kept saying whatever you wanted. I worked silently for the benefit of the nation... but the time has come for the people to know the truth. Of how the Congress had completely ruined the nation. I stand here to in the Parliament - the temple of democracy - and say on record that the entire failure and the entire problem of India's NPAs are because of you. Since we have come to power not a single such case has happened, PM says in parliament
I know the Government's efforts to eliminate corruption & black money are hurting a select group of people. Today, people who served as Chief Ministers are in jail. However powerful one was, if one has been corrupt, that person will be punished. We are in an era of honesty: PM Modi
India's middle class desires good education facilities, affordable housing, good infrastructure. They want 'Ease of Living' which we are committed to providing. You keep shouting, we'll keep working, says PM Modi in Lok Sabha
The Congress just doesn't know how to deal with all the work they see being done. When the GST happened, and they saw its success, they didn't know how to react, so they made a joke of it: PM Modi
The real reason for these upset lot of people you see is that when the corrupt and middlemen are out of work, the Congress will obviously be unhappy: PM Modi
When our Government took office in 2014, the chorus from the opposition was - Modi will scrap Aadhaar, but when we made Aadhaar more effective in terms of enabling better and effective service delivery, suddenly the opposition began opposing Aadhaar, says PM Modi in Lok Sabha
While our government opened bank accounts for the poor and ensured that pensions and transfers benefit the poor farmer, the housewife, old people and widows, the Congress in their time looted the poor by opening pension accounts and gave monetary benefits to widows for those who were never even born. Money was laundered and went to the pockets in the name of widows who were never born in the first place. Speaks a lot about your values and your work, says PM Modi
Our government had the opportunity to prepare an aviation policy that focuses on smaller cities, towns so that more Indians can fly. Today, tier-2 and tier-3 towns in India are getting air connectivity. Almost a thousand new aircraft have been ordered. So, who is doing the work?: PM Modi
A government that talked about 21st century could not bring an aviation policy. Then what kind of a 21st century did they talk about, the one with bullock carts, asks PM Modi
Employment rate is increasing but you have closed your eyes. You are busy singing your songs. The truth is that you have never worked with a large heart. You have always catered for petty, selfish and personal gains. You need to think beyond yourself, you need to think about others, you need to have a large heart to work for the country. Sadly, that is not the case with you. Watch, learn and try to mend your ways: PM Modi
You might say whatever you want, but people are seeing and experiencing the change. Take the Northeast for example: Congress never did anything for the Northeast. I urge you to go there and see for yourself the sheer magnitude of work being done there now: PM Modi in Lok Sabha
The impact of Start-up India, Mudra Yojana, Entrepreneurship scheme, Skill India, and Make in India reveal that the truth is far from what the Congress believes and says: PM Modi
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, says PM Modi in Lok Sabha
10 crore loans have been given under the PM Mudra Yojana. Not a single case of robbery, not a single complaint.10 crore loans are not a small number my friends, it is providing jobs to many more, says PM Modi
Stop misleading the country by false statements on jobs and employment. The truth is quite the opposite: PM Modi
Your slogans and shouting will never be able to stop me. So, you can continue wasting your time, says PM Modi in Lok Sabha
On independence day, I had said, multiple times, that key legislations have been passed and important decisions were taken thanks to the efforts of ALL parties, including the Congress. I gave credit where it was due... I challenge you to show me a single Congress Prime Minister who has ever said something like this... who has given due credit. No, for them there is nothing outside the family: PM Modi
The way people of Rajasthan were misled about the Barmer refinery was appalling. Just for votes, lies were said. It is in the last three years that the Government of India and the Rajasthan Government worked together to sort out the pending issues: PM Modi in Lok Sabha
I know it pains you to hear all this, but the people of this nation already gave you a bitter pill to swallow few years ago. Many of you have still not come to terms with it, but hear some more...: PM Modi
The approvals by the Yeddyurappa 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: PM Modi
Since (Mallikarjun) Kharge Ji spoke about railways and Karnataka, let me tell the truth about the Bidar-Kalburgi rail line. The project was approved by the Vajpayee Government and from 2004 till 2013 nothing was done. It is when a Government under BS Yeddyurappa gave approvals that work could begin: PM Modi
More villages are getting optical fibre network in the last three years than they got under all Congress-led governments. Just look at the transformation that's happening now: PM Modi in Lok Sabha
When we compare the work done in 3 years of the NDA government to that done by the Congress in the past, when we compare the facts, figures and numbers... well, what comparison are we even talking about...there is none. The Congress has failed the people miserably, so let me give you the numbers: PM Modi
In December, did we witness an 'election' or coronation for the post of Congress President? One youngster raised his voice about this as well, says PM Modi in Lok Sabha
If Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel would have been the first prime minister of the country, entire Kashmir would have been ours: PM Modi in Lok Sabha
What started from Independence has now become the only thing that Congress does - defend one family, says PM Modi in parliament
After independence, right from the start, if you had worked sincerely and honestly for the people of the country, India would have been miles ahead of where it is today. But all you were interested in was to promote one person and his family: PM Modi
When Rajiv Gandhi landed in Hyderabad, how did he behave with a Congress leader Mr. T Anjaiah. He humiliated a big leader, who did not belong to a privileged background: PM Modi
How did the Congress act in Kerala, how did they treat the Akali Dal in Punjab, how did they behave in Tamil Nadu? Why did Congress dismiss so many state governments at their will. This is no commitment to democracy, says PM Modi in Lok Sabha
We cannot forget how the Congress insulted Shri Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, a proud son of Andhra Pradesh. They humiliated him. Nobody in India needs lessons on democracy from the Congress Party: PM Modi
India did not get democracy due to Pandit Nehru, as Congress wants us to believe. Please look at our rich history. There are many examples of rich democratic traditions that date back centuries ago. Democracy is integral to this nation and is in our culture, says PM Modi
"You talk of democracy and try to lecture us? It was your party chief that tore up the paper and threw it in front of the media, it was your party chief that didn't let young leaders give their points of view, and you preach us democracy: PM Modi in Lok Sabha
I see that whenever we are criticised by select opposition parties, substance is lacking. They go back to saying; 'when we were in power...' This is the same party that divided India: says PM Modi
You (the opposition) talk of democracy. Under Manmohan Singh's government, your own party leader had said, just like Aurengzeb came in place of Shah Jahan, and Shah Jahan in place of Jahangir, similarly, we have also come forward... this has how it has been in India... but let me tell you... for more than 2,500 years India has been a place which has believed in a democratic way of life, where people from everywhere have come, settled and lived peacefully. We have, for thousands of years, believed in listening to all sides and what they have to say. We have been inclusive: PM Modi in Lok Sabha
As PM speaks in Lok Sabha, opposition MPs shout slogans. "I wish the opposition had the courage to listen to silently," says PM Modi.
"For electoral reasons and petty gains, even 70 years ago, the Congress divided the nation... For selfish gains 125 crore Indians suffer even today," says PM Modi in Lok Sabha
PM Modi blames Congress for partition, says 'you divided the nation for selfish gains'
"When we speak about creating new states, we remember the manner in which Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ji created Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. He showed how farsighted decision making is done," says PM Modi.
Under Atal Bihari Vajpayee's government too states were divided, but they were done with everyone's confidence... the process was smooth... But the Congress has messed up in reorganisation of Andhra Pradesh. They did it in a hurry, and without much thought: PM Modi
Even after 70 years of Independence, 125 crore Indians have to suffer every single day for the sins that the Congress committed: PM Modi in Lok Sabha
You (the opposition) shut the door of Parliament keeping elections in mind, says PM Modi
The President's address highlighted the work being done across the country, it highlighted how India is progressing: PM Modi in Lok Sabha
PM Modi begins speech in Lok Sabha on Motion of Thanks to the President's address.