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If we negate this institution, question mark on democracy: Narendra Modi

As an example of laws for the poor getting stuck, Narendra Modi cited one that seeks to enhance salary bonus.

Written by Raghvendra Rao | New Delhi | Published: December 11, 2015 1:41 am
Narendra Modi, GST, Parliament, Jagran Forum, Narendra Modi GST, Loktantra, lokshakti, politics news Sonia Gandhi passes by PM Narendra Modi. (Source: Express photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

With the Opposition continuing to disrupt Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Thursday it was leading to stalling of pro-poor initiatives.

“I have to say with a heavy heart that Parliament is not functioning and the rights of the poor are stalled because of that,” the PM said at the Jagran Forum of Dainik Jagran.

“But what is discussed? GST and Parliament. Whatever has to happen with GST, it will be done in consultation with everybody to decide the fate of India but what about the poor, what about the common man?” he said. “That’s why we are asking to make Parliament run, for these people. In a democracy, which is the biggest stage to have discussions, dialogues and opposition? But if we negate this institution, it will put a question mark on democracy. Our Parliament is the temple of our democracy.”

Modi listed “two major dangers” facing the country. “One is mantantra (whims and fancies) and the other is money tantra. You would have seen that these days we see… (the attitude of) I will do as I desire. Does the country run like this? The country doesn’t run on mantantra, it runs on jantantra (democracy).” About “money tantra”, he said it can “deal a strong blow to democracy in a poor country like India”.

As an example of laws for the poor getting stuck, he cited one that seeks to enhance salary bonus.

The PM underlined the need to engage the masses in the journey to development. “Democracy is strengthened by jan bhagidari (people’s participation). Then loktantra becomes lok shakti,” he said, adding he wants to make the road to development a people’s movement on the lines of what Mahatma Gandhi had done during India’s freedom struggle.

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  1. C
    Can I
    Dec 11, 2015 at 1:45 am
    Democracy? What is he talking about? Over 200 parties in federal elections, no laws against campaign finance, half the people don't even vote and the one's who do are mostly illiterate. Then BJP received 34% por vote and formed majority government. Then ModiJi chose the person who lost Lok Sabah election from Amritsar as his finance minister. Wah reh Democracy, tere kya kahne....
    1. A
      Dec 11, 2015 at 1:26 am
      I forgot what Salman Khan did in 2002. I forgot what butcher MODI did in 2002 too.
      1. Kanu Patel
        Dec 11, 2015 at 5:18 am
        WEL spoken words from his heart by the PM. Congress is becoming a liability to the nation. Dump the party to dust.
        1. R
          Dec 11, 2015 at 1:34 am
          Even u forgot how you born, hahaha.
          1. A
            Dec 10, 2015 at 11:43 pm
            Solution is congress mukt Bharat Send hi family to jail
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