New Delhi: Delivering Motion of Thanks to the President’s address at the start of the Budget session 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said President Ram Nath Kovind’s address highlighted the work being done across the country and how India is progressing.
The Prime Minister said Partition was result of Congress’ wrong policies. “Not a single day has passed when country has not suffered due to poision sowed by you,” Modi said in Lok Sabha.
Modi also said the people of Telangana were suffering for the hurried division of Andhra Pradesh by Congress, which took only politics into consideration during the deed.
“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 dividing Andhra Pradesh. They did it in a hurry, and without much thought,” said Modi.
“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,” the Prime Minister said.
Intensifying his attack at the Opposition, Modi said, “Don’t give sermons on democracy to us, we know what you have done in the past.”
The Prime Minister said even after 70 years of Independence, 125 crore Indians have to suffer every single day for the sins that the Congress committed.
Opposition MPs shouted slogans as Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks in Lok Sabha.
“I wish the opposition had the courage to listen to silently,” the Prime Minister said.
About the constant disruption of Parliament session by the Opposition, Modi said, “Opposition has the right to protest but not disrupt.”
The Prime Minister said, “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.”
“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,” Modi said in his speech in Lok Sabha.
Narendra Modi said India did not get democracy due to Pandit Nehru, as Congress wants people 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,” PM said.
Modi said if Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel had been the first Prime Minister, a part of Kashmir would not have been under control of Pakistan.