Modi targets Congress, pays back Rahul in equal measure

A day after Rahul Gandhi hit out at the Modi government, Prime Minister Modi hit right back, invoking Congress leaders Rajiv Gandhi and Indira Gandhi.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 3, 2016 9:03 pm
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha on Thursday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha on Thursday.

A day after Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi took on the BJP government over a host of issues including jobs, participatory governance and black money.

In his reply to the President’s address to both of Houses of Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi thought it right to address the constant disruptions in Parliament by targetting the Congress party using its own leaders – former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.

“When Parliament sessions are not functional, the nation suffers and more than that the MPs suffer because they can’t discuss issues… House is a place where debates are to take place, but if boundaries are maintained during a debate then it’s fruitful,” PM Modi said, adding that it was not his words but that of Rajiv.

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“I appeal the Opposition to help pass important bills in both Houses of Parliament,” Modi said, once again saying it was Rajiv who had said those words during his tenure in Parliament and not him.

On the opposition hitting out at the government’s Make In India scheme, PM Modi said: “We make our image as that of a beggar in front of the world,” once again quoting a Congress leader – former prime minister Indira Gandhi’s speech at IP college in 1974.

In a veiled attack on Rahul Gandhi, PM Modi said: “Kuch logon ki umar toh badhti hai, lekin samajh nahi badhti (some people grow in age but their ability to understand does not increase).” 

“Parliament is not allowed to function due to inferiority complex of opposition leaders,” PM Modi added.

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