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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    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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