Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday stressed on the importance of an active opposition in a democracy and said they need not bother about their numbers but should actively participate in House proceedings.
“The role of an Opposition and an active Opposition is important in a parliamentary democracy. The Opposition need not bother about their numbers. I hope they speak actively and participate in House proceedings,” Modi said, speaking to reporters outside Parliament complex.
Modi urged Opposition parties to think of the nation when in the House and address issues related to larger interests of the country.
“When we come to Parliament, we should forget Paksh (ruling) and Vipaksh (opposition). We should think about issues with a ‘nishpaksh’ (non-partisan) spirit and work in the larger interest of the nation,” the prime minister said.
Requesting all parties to support the mandate given by the people, Modi said, “After several decades, a government has won an absolute majority for the second term. People have given us the chance to serve the country again. I request all the parties to support the decisions that are in favour of people.”
“My experience suggests that when the Parliament functions smoothly, we are able to fulfill numerous aspirations of the people of India,” Modi added.