PM Modi throws family back at family: Read Rajiv and Indira Gandhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaking in the Lok Sabha, used wit and barbs as he responded to the attack by Congress over various initiatives of his government, including 'Make in India' and MNREGA.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: March 4, 2016 7:31 am
modi1 Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaking in the Lok Sabha, used wit and barbs as he responded to the attack by Congress over various initiatives of his government, including ‘Make in India’ and MNREGA. (file photo)

A day after he came under attack from Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for “not listening to anyone’s opinion other than his own”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hit back Thursday, accusing the Congress of disrupting Parliament and stalling Bills because its leadership suffered from “jealousy” and “inferiority complex”.

He repeatedly read out statements by Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi against stalling of legislative business. He suggested that the main Opposition party was not letting its “young” and “bright” leaders grow because it feared they would overshadow Rahul.

“In the Opposition, there are bright and talented young people who don’t get a chance to speak. They do a lot of homework. The concern is that if they speak, they will be praised and what will happen to us,” he said.

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During the course of his 75-minute speech in Lok Sabha, Modi also sought Opposition support for “improving” governance. “We need to make an atmosphere of improving trust. If you have suggestions, please do so. I would like the government to adopt these habits. The government also needs to improve and this will not happen without your support. I need your support. I need you people, your experience.”

“I am new. You are experienced. Let us walk shoulder to shoulder and do some good work for the nation. Governments may come and go. People may come and go. Things may fail or succeed but the country will remain,” he said.

Without naming Rahul, Modi, while responding to his remarks that the Prime Minister should “listen” to others, recalled how Rahul had shown “respect” to the Manmohan Singh cabinet by tearing in public an ordinance it had cleared.

“It is easy to preach others…There are some people who are asked all kinds of questions. But there are some others who are not answerable, nobody dares to ask them questions. I have seen what happens to those who try to ask them questions.”

In this context, he narrated an anecdote: “After Stalin died, Khrushchev would criticise him wherever he went. At one meeting, Khrushchev was criticising Stalin and one youth said, ‘you have worked with Stalin, then why are you criticising him now?… Khrushchev replied, ‘I wished to do the same in the Stalin era but could not. You can do it. Got the answer?”

He again targeted Rahul for mocking the Make in India programme. He said it was for the betterment of the country. “If it does not succeed, we can discuss how to do it well. But I don’t know why we create such an image of our nation that we are out on the streets with a begging bowl. When we say this, others say it louder,” Modi said, again adding, “This was a speech delivered by Indira Gandhi at Indraprastha College in 1974.”

The Opposition interrupted, but Modi continued, “You won’t get it… No matter what scheme we bring, in what way, some people will not understand. (Mallikarjun) Khargeji, you will understand, I am not sure about others. Some people have grown up, but their intelligence has not caught up. That is why they keep opposing everything.”

To make his point, he again quoted Indira Gandhi as saying “even the intellectual class does this vociferously… whenever something is attempted, 100 reasons are cited why it should not be done.”

Referring to the attacks on him in the wake of the Gujarat riots of 2002, he said, “I have been questioned, I have faced criticism and accusations over the last 14 years. I have learnt to live with it.”
When Congress member Kantilal Bhuria said there was a “gap between what you say and what you do”, Modi said, “I have got several certificates in the last 14 years, let there be one more. I accept it.”

He said it is his government’s privilege to do the work that should have been done years ago, but did not happen. He deplored the “tu tu, mai mai” (blame game) attitude of political parties for “scoring points”, saying the bureaucracy rejoices over this and the nation suffers.

He said a democratic country like India cannot be left to the bureaucracy as he sought to underline the importance of the legislature, saying even a single MP of any party should be treated like “Prime Minister”.

He did not, however, respond to the specific issues raised by Rahul Gandhi and other opposition leaders, like his visit to Pakistan, black money, JNU and Dalit student Rohith Vemula’s suicide.

(with PTI inputs)

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    Bhawarlal Dixit
    Mar 4, 2016 at 3:52 am
    3 girl students and a male student ended life in Gujarat in 2016. Did you see any dramatic coverage from media? Did you see any minister covering up any falsehoods? People are not gullible to saviour politics like that of Amin Kejrullah and Rahimullah Gaanchi. One shop keeper was shot dead at point blank range by two Muslim ailants in broad daylight in Surat. Did you see protests, hunger strikes, cries for justice? The cctvfootage is taken by tv9 Gujarati. You can see it if you like it on YouTube.
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      Bhawarlal Dixit
      Mar 4, 2016 at 3:40 am
      Every leader deserves a fair opportunity to administer his rule. Do whatever after he retires.
      1. M
        Mar 3, 2016 at 12:06 pm
        [In his 75-minute speech, Modi, however, did not respond to the specific issues raised by Rahul hi and other opposition leaders, like his visit to stan, blackmoney, JNU and Dalit student Rohith Vemula’s suicide.] Why you have to prove you are another i d i o t like Rahul who can not even put year-5-student-logic in a sentence!
        1. A
          Mar 3, 2016 at 5:20 pm
          SO WHAT ??? Emergency was declared during the then prime minister.Respect is something which comes need to force it on someone.
          1. A
            Mar 3, 2016 at 1:04 pm
            Why should Modi waste his time and efforts on less importnat issues ? He is concentrating ,on development and growth. Once our economy becomes strong society will get stronger. Greed, jealosy and immeturity are playing in the mind oif you know who. Let him come on a debate or interview with Arnab or Shivshankar some other neutral anchor. He knows nothing. He should make way for Scindia.
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