Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said “one family” was preventing Rajya Sabha from functioning smoothly, and stalling several vital Bills that would benefit lakhs of labourers and other poorer sections of society.
During a day-long visit to Assam, Modi said this “one family” was out to take revenge on the people for defeating them in the Lok Sabha elections. “This one family is bent on not letting Rajya Sabha function. This one family is bent on not letting any work take place in the country. The people had defeated us, so we will take revenge. We will take revenge on labourers — that is its attitude,” Modi said.
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Modi, who addressed four functions — including the inauguration of the 12th South Asian Games in Guwahati and a Rs 9,965-crore gas cracker project near Dibrugarh — made the remarks at a BJP workers’ rally in Moran near Sivasagar, about 400 km from Guwahati.
He said there were many parties and leaders in the Opposition who are “opposed to the BJP, to our government, and to Narendra Modi”, but they still let Parliament function and take major decisions. “But this one family is bent on taking revenge on people who defeated them,” Modi said.
He alleged the “family” did not allow the passage of the Bonus Bill, which was cleared by Lok Sabha and would have benefited lakhs of labourers, including thousands of tea plantation workers in Assam.
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“They did not allow the government to pass a vital water transport Bill, which would have helped revive old river routes and facilitate cheap movement of goods. This Act would have brought immense benefit to Assam by helping create numerous ports along the Brahmaputra. But this one family did not let Rajya Sabha function and pass this Bill,” he said.
“If these people continue to…indulge in politics of opposition…they are not going to help the country or themselves. They are only causing a loss to the poor people of the country,” he said.
He also took a dig at the erstwhile Congress regimes for not thinking of projects ahead of time and failing to create a roadmap to set them up. His government, he said, was committed to completing all such projects irrespective of “whichever government set them up and laid their foundation stones”.
Inaugurating the Brahmaputra Cracker & Polymer Ltd at Lepetkota near Dibrugarh, Modi blamed the Congress for the project taking 31 years to see the light of day. “Had this gas cracker project been completed 25 years ago, the second generation of people would have been working here today. Hundreds of downstream units would have created thousands of jobs for Assam’s youth,” he said.
The gas cracker project is an outcome of the Assam Accord of 1985. The first site for the project, where former PM P V Narasimha Rao had laid the foundation stone in 1995, was abandoned. Former PM Manmohan Singh laid the foundation stone at Lepetkota in 2007.