Resolve to make House work: PM Narendra Modi to Opposition

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Congress has more responsibility to ensure the functioning of Parliament as they had "enjoyed power" for over six decades.

By: ENS Economic Bureau | Noida | Updated: January 1, 2016 2:24 am
Narendra Modi, PM Modi, Modi Congress, Congress new year resolution, Modi new year resolution, new year resolution modi, Modi parliament, Parliament congress, congress modi parliament, India news Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a function in Noida to lay the foundation stone for Meerut Expressway. (Source: Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

Accusing the Congress of paralysing Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday appealed to the Opposition to make a new year resolution to let the House function for the development of the country.

“We are trying to take measures for the poor… there are certain archaic laws that need to be changed. But Parliament is not being allowed to function… Tomorrow is January 1. I request them to make a resolution that they will let Parliament function and not pose hurdles for development of the country,” Modi said while laying the foundation stone of a 14-lane Delhi-Dasna-Meerut Expressway in Noida Sector 62.

Taking on “those who have been rejected by the people”, the Prime Minister said political parties should not seize Parliament for their “own political reasons” as it is “our responsibility towards those who have elected us”.

“I am not getting the opportunity to speak in Lok Sabha, so am appealing in the Jan Sabha… those who have ruled for 50-60 years, they know what is the responsibility of Parliament… they have more responsibility,” he said.

In the winter session that just ended, the government could not get key legislation passed, including the goods and services tax bill due to disruption in the House on issues ranging from the National Herald case to alleged irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association which was once headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

Urging chief ministers to do away with the practice of conducting interviews for Class III and Class IV jobs, Modi said the Centre is implementing the decision from tomorrow as a “New Year gift” for youths of the country. He also urged Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to abolish interviews in these categories so that youths of the state get jobs on the basis of merit.

Praising the efforts of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who started the Golden Quadrilateral roads project, Modi said the proposed Delhi-Dasna-Meerut Expressway will spur development in western Uttar Pradesh and will lead to promotion of “weekend tourism” in several adjoining areas.

The proposed expressway, which will cost over Rs 7,500 crore, will bring down travel time between Delhi and Meerut to 45 minutes from the current 3-4 hours, paving the way for what he called a “pollution-free future”.

Elaborating on the benefits western UP is likely to reap, the Prime Minister said the highway project will expedite economic development in the region with satellite townships developing along the expressway. Dehradun, he said, will also benefit from the expressway as it will provide fast connectivity without any bottlenecks on NH 24.

The government, Modi said, is working on all-weather roads in Haridwar, Rishikesh, Badrinath, Kedarnath and Yamunotri in Uttarakhand. It is also working on a highway project to reduce travel time between Delhi and Dehradun to about three hours.

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First Published on: January 1, 2016 2:23 am
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    Anthony
    Jan 1, 2016 at 3:27 am
    Are you happy with the progress the country made under Congress
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      Anthony
      Jan 1, 2016 at 3:24 am
      It will be nice to see BJP let the AAP government work. BJP had been rejected by the people of Delhi so why is it interfering, scuttling what the CM of Delhi wants to achieve. As for Congress they really need to come back with new leadership if they want to post a challenge to BJP.
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        Kishan
        Jan 1, 2016 at 1:47 am
        BJP is building the country to major economic power in the world. Congress destro our future. I don't understand why people hang on to the party who can't even provide toilets facility to half a billion people in the 60 years of their ruling. Get them out!!!
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          Kishan
          Jan 1, 2016 at 1:54 am
          I blame the Hindus who support Congress. They got used to slavery for centuries and their brains are tuned to function that way. Build your future by supporting BJP. Kishan
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            Bijan Mohanty
            Jan 3, 2016 at 11:29 am
            I think you are the only person in India who thinks BJP is building the country. The w nation now thinks otherwise. BJP was building India under Atal Behari Bajpayeeji. But now under Modi, BJP is responsible for dividing the country. What a shame !!
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              Bijan Mohanty
              Jan 1, 2016 at 6:02 am
              Modiji, take a solemn pledge in new year to shed your arrogance and unitary style of functioning, take opposition into confidence and surely Parliament will function. Parliament largely could not transact business in the year 2015 because of you and not because of Opposition.
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                datharam gambhira
                Jan 1, 2016 at 4:43 am
                @Ranjit / Menezes : I am curious why would any one support Congress , if development of the Nation is the only agenda. if you are profiting from Congress its a different matter. I would like to know your point of view.
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                  datharam gambhira
                  Jan 1, 2016 at 8:41 am
                  GST bill did not get through during UPA II as many state governments were not happy with it. not sure how much you know about it. but some states stand to loose money. also things like octroi that is a big revenue to BMC will stop, I agree that it will be a positive step, but many will not be happy with it.
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                    GIDDY
                    Jan 1, 2016 at 1:36 am
                    BJP blocked GST bill for 3 years from 2011 to 2013 for political SELFISH gains. Now they pionately preach that it is good for economy of India and seek cong support..If they realise GST is good NOW why instead of supporting the bill they blocked it vociferously and frustrated cong's attempts to p it FOR THOSE 3 LONG LONG YEARS...SEE BJP's HYPOCRISY to its ludicrous EXTREME!!!!!!
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                      GIDDY
                      Jan 1, 2016 at 1:12 am
                      Chattisgarh Tapes revealed that CM Raman Singh's Son-in-law was used to offer bribes to withdraw Congress from contesting an embly bye-poll.....As Usual,, Modi is SILENT and protects corruption....Hypocrisy is thy name,BJP !!!!!!!!
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                        GIDDY
                        Jan 1, 2016 at 1:08 am
                        Modi has time to tweet regularly, time to travel abroad frequently, time for Man ki batt time for oratory long speeches but carefully avoiding MAIN ISSUES, time to give 8000 crore to VERY POOR Adani, but HE simply is selectively silent and will NEVER give a direct, straightforward reply when critical questions are asked about so many SCAMs, Intolerence and many other important issues.etc., Modi should take a NEW Year resolution that He will answer all critical questions instead of using SILENCE as a clever ESCAPE ROUTE..
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                          GIDDY
                          Jan 1, 2016 at 1:45 am
                          Modi should first recall what their own ministers said years back.... Arun Jaitley on August 26, 2012 (outside Parliament): “There are occasions when obstruction in Parliament brings greater benefits to the country… Our strategy does not permit us to allow the government to use Parliament ” and Sushma Swaraj on September 7, 2012 (at end of monsoon session): “Not allowing Parliament to function is a form of democracy like any other form" BJP now reaps what it has sown three years back when congress introduced GST.... Now, Mr. PM , Please ponder over these statements before advising Congress...
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                            GIDDY
                            Jan 1, 2016 at 1:22 am
                            PEOPLE are SLOWLY and STEADILY realising that BJP is cheating them after making tall promises..See that the margin of BJP's recent losses are ALARMING and noteworthy.... In Delhi, BJP was reduced from 32 seats to 3 seats... In Bihar, BJP was reduced from 92 seats to 53 seats.Modi spoke in 31 meetings in bihar. . Ratlam Loksaba (Madyapradesh) BJP was defeated by over 88,000 votes.Shivraj Chouhan spoke in 27 meetings. Uttarpradesh civic polls. BJP was so ROUTED that bjp could not win even VARANASI--Modi's consuency... In Gujarat Civic polls,, BJP was reduced from 30 district panchayats to 8 panchayats...and from 190 taluks to 72 taluks..BJP lost 5 out of 8 urban bodies in Madya Pradesh civic polls... and Now in Chhattisgarh civic polls,, BJP lost 8 out of 11 urban bodies -... Continous trends of DEFEATS FOR BJP in the major HINDI heartland states.....SERIAL , WIDESPREAD AND SERIOUS LOSSES to BJP!!!!!!
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                              GIDDY
                              Jan 1, 2016 at 12:06 am
                              It clearly shows the inability of this BJP Govt to conduct business in Parli... Let BJP first tender an apology for their 4 year behaviour and then ask congress to cooperate instead of issuing negative , irksome statements on daily basis against cong......then things will move...
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                                Tirumal
                                Jan 1, 2016 at 8:49 am
                                Well said.
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                                  Kumar
                                  Jan 1, 2016 at 12:34 pm
                                  What development? Modi is an empty vessel, only can make sound.
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                                    patrio think
                                    Jan 1, 2016 at 2:53 am
                                    BJP's full form is Bharatiya Jumalaa and Jhoothi Party
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                                      patrio think
                                      Jan 1, 2016 at 2:51 am
                                      Excellent reply for Andh-bhakts.
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                                        patrio think
                                        Jan 1, 2016 at 2:49 am
                                        First get rid of your ego and blabbers , boasters, frenzy lunatics and ministers then talk about co-operation. The way NaMo and coterie are trying to suppress and create hurdles for democratically elected Delhi govt. and the foolish, absurd, weak and baseless arguments they give on TV debated to protect the corrupt and culprit Jaitley is a sign of apathy and directionless government.
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                                          patrio think
                                          Jan 1, 2016 at 2:56 am
                                          He is hybrid of Indira hi,Rajeev hi, Atal Behari Vajpayee . But he has miserably failed in mimicking them and failed himself.
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                                            patrio think
                                            Jan 1, 2016 at 3:01 am
                                            Now Modi is loudly shielding his failures by blaming Congress in public to gain sympathy? First gain the trust by asking Jaitley to resign, then let the unbiased probe be completed and recover some image which is totally list and tarnished.
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