Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, like in the Lok Sabha last week, was both conciliatory and mocking towards the opposition, particularly Congress, during his hour long reply to the debate on the motion of thanks to the President’s address in the Rajya Sabha.
Here are his top quotes:
# If we work with the attitude of ‘hota hai, chalta hai’, it will take a long time for the development of a big country like India. We need to apply full force.
# This is the Upper House. When great people move, others follow them… Whatever happens in this House (Rajya Sabha), its impact is felt on Lok Sabha, Assemblies and Municipal Corporations. So we should think how to create an atmosphere by which democracy can be strengthened.
# If there is no coordination and cooperation, then difficulties will increase. Nehruji had this concern…. Hope we pay attention to Nehruji’s concerns and clear all pending bills. There is a good atmosphere…By passage of the bills, the country will get momentum.
# We have been running Parliament this session smoothly for this I would thank the opposition for carrying forward President’s message. The impact of the President’s message is a matter of pride for us,”
# Development in fits and starts is not enough. Such an approach will leave us far behind. We need to move from incremental to quantum jump.