PM Modi senses the weather: Expect stormy start to monsoon session

This is the essence of democracy, he added while speaking at a function in connection with the birth centenary celebrations of a late Congress leader Girdhari Lal Dogra at General Zorawar Singh Auditorium in Jammu University.

Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu | Updated: July 18, 2015 2:56 pm
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His government under attack from the Opposition over controversies involving his ministers and party leaders, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made clear Friday that he expected a stormy start to the monsoon session of Parliament next week.

Addressing the birth centenary celebrations of late Congress leader Girdhari Lal Dogra in Jammu, which was attended among others by Ghulam Nabi Azad, Modi referred to the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and said: “Abhi hum yahan masti se baithe huay hain, parso dekhna aap kaise muqabla hota hai (We may be sitting here comfortably today but watch how we fight the day after).”

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The late Girdhari Lal Dogra, who presented a record 26 budgets as Finance Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, was the father-in-law of Union Finance Minister and BJP leader Arun Jaitley.

The Prime Minister countered the Congress charge of the BJP “usurping” its icons: “Everybody in public life works for an ideology during his lifetime. Yet one works and dies for the country. We who have succeeded them… it is not our job to differentiate, create hurdles… There should be no untouchability because they worked for the country… people speak from different platforms, political untouchability does not work.”

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“Whether he was in National Conference or Congress, whether Prime Minister should have come or not? That’s not the question. He (PM) must come because this person sacrificed his youth for the nation. Our legacy should not be divided.”

Modi’s comments assume significance because from the time he became Prime Minister last year, he has been accused by Congress of trying to “usurp” the legacy of icons like Sardar Patel, Lal Bahadur Shastri, B R Ambedkar and Subhash Chandra Bose. More recently, the BJP also sought to associate itself with late K Kamaraj, a former Congress president, hailing him as a national leader who had opposed Emergency.

Using the occasion to criticise dynastic politics by citing the example of Dogra who did not bring his family into public life despite being a tall leader, Modi said the late Congress leader was a good judge of people and even made Azad the state Youth Congress chief.

“There is no match between his ideology and that of Arunji (Jaitley). Despite that he gave his daughter to him,” he said, adding that Jaitley is not known because of his father-in-law and Dogra was not known because of his son-in-law.

“Otherwise in such a long time, Arunji must have thought about it some time. But both decided their destinies themselves.”

At the same time, he took a swipe at the Congress by making a veiled reference to Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra who is embroiled in controversies: “Aaj toh hum jaante hain, damaadon ke kaaran kya kya baatein hoti hain (We all know what all is said these days because of sons-in law).”

Others present at the event included Governor N N Vohra, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, veteran Congress leader Dr Karan Singh, Minister of State in the PMO Jitendra Singh and Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh.

Contrary to expectations, the Prime Minister did not announce any package for the state on this trip.


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    Jul 17, 2015 at 7:01 pm
    Very Indian ceremony, I enjo watching. The very true point of the ceremony: "“We shall not divide our political legacy." Gents, do you pay attention that such type of the central Government performances look like like "we are all together", but both Mr. Modi and Mr. Jatly and other respected politicians look separated. Coz everyone is highly educated, but the very important details of speeches are in gap. Can we (supporters) advise the top political figures to consider the possibility to chose the Central Government itants which emphesise the main topics and main single Consutional statement, which speech of each respected politician is based on? So the leaders will have more time to spend on valuable issues, not on hanky panky. As the Indian political system and the Hindustan history has been organized by educated persons, even it was made by each Hindustani individual.
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      Damaru Prasad
      Jul 17, 2015 at 5:23 pm
      Pappu reminds one of an Estonian short story in which the main protagonist, a dumb son, successfully becomes a laughing stock. Someone who has to take over from his father as a court jester, he has to make sure courtiers laugh at him so he keeps his job. And he does this by riding the donkey facing backward, sending the emperor and his courtiers peeling to the floor. Pappu keep it up. You too had started by sitting on the top of the jeep and have not looked back since.
      1. A
        Jul 17, 2015 at 4:39 pm
        The real job of politicians is to make common man fight , while they enjoy subsidized food in parliamentary canteens at the cost of poor men money.
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          DR P
          Jul 17, 2015 at 9:07 pm
          congrats NaMoji. must follow it up with other congress leaders' birthday/centenary celebration to set records.
          1. S
            Jul 17, 2015 at 3:55 pm
            From a platform where he was talking high about good politics and good politicians, he unnecessarily took a jibe at somebody's son-in-law, forgetting his party could not control its own daughters from enjoying black money's comforts offered by even fugitives. At a time when his party leaders are seen in public as fully immersed in corruption, he should have avoided the jibe which actually has hit him on his face as a boomerang. Please be careful in future. This old habits have to change. Because our leaders are now standing naked in daylight, exposed of corrupt deals.
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