Modi in Parliament highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has begun his reply to the debate on the motion of thanks on the President’s address in Lok Sabha on Thursday. In his reply, Modi accused the Congress of insulting Central institutions during its rule, saying they had called the erstwhile Planning Commission a “bunch of jokers”. He also coined new acronyms for BC and AD. “BC stands for ‘Before Congress’ while AD stands for ‘After Dynasty’,” PM Modi said.
Participating in the debate in Lok Sabha on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s address, Leader of the Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge mocked the government’s announcements for farmers in the budget, saying it has done nothing for the agriculture sector so far and was now making promises with an eye on the general election.
Modi finishes reply on Motion of Thanks to President's address in Lok Sabha. Here are the highlights
Lok Sabha adjourned for the day
The Motion of Thanks has been adopted by a voice vote. Lok Sabha is adjourned for the day.
PM Modi's speech in Lok Sabha ends
I assure you, those who have looted the nation will continue to be scared of Narendra Modi, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PM Modi finishes his reply to the debate on the motion of thanks on the President’s Address in Parliament.
PM Modi speaks on India's foreign policy
Speaking on India's foreign policy, PM Modi says, "India will be friends with both Israel and Palestine. India will be friends with both Saudi Arabia and Iran. Our foreign policy has led to India's voice becoming stronger on the world stage. Also, I am happy that after our efforts, other parties are also reaching out to NRIs."
India has managed to leave a mark at global forum: PM
PM Modi says India had managed to create a mark at the global forum. "At the global platform, people hear what India has to say. Before Paris agreement was finalised, top world leaders spoke to India. India has left a mark at the global forum today," he says.
PM Modi attacks Congress on farmer schemes, loan waivers
Continuing his response on the Motion of Thanks to the President's address, PM Modi says numerous projects in the irrigation sector have been completed at a cost of Rs 1,000 crores. "Nehruji had laid the foundation stone and I am inaugurating them now," he says. On the recently announced PM Kisan scheme, he says, "Opposition is saying they will not take Rs. 6,000/annum, but who is giving you? Why don't you go and ask the farmer first if he wants it or not? Nobody is giving you, it will be direct transfer to farmers' bank accounts," PM Modi says.
Farmer empowerment our priority: PM Modi
Highways are being constructed at twice the speed, PM Modi says in Lok Sabha. He says that farmer empowerment was a priority of the government. "The CAG even found a scam in UPA's loan waiver scheme," he says. "About 99 agricultural schemes which were stuck are being completed by the NDA government now," PM Modi says.
Maximum job growth seen in transport sector: Modi
PM Modi says more jobs were being added in the unorganised sector. "No logic to Congress' joblessness claim," Modi says. He further says maximum job growth has been seen in the transport sector. "6,35,000 professionals added in four years," he says.
Prices of stents, knee surgeries, medicines coming down: PM
PM Modi says Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar was always ahead of his time. "He had said that joining Congress is like committing suicide," says PM Narendra Modi. Praising the Ayushman Bharat scheme, he says the policy has benefitted 11 lakh people. "Our government has worked towards the well-being of the people of India. Prices of stents, knee surgeries and medicines are coming down. This is helping the poorest of the poor," he says.
There was historic price rise during Cong rule: Modi
PM Modi says there was historic price rise during Congress rule. "Price rise and Congress are a team. The NDA government has worked to keep prices under check. Today 99 items are below the 18 per cent GST slab. Educations loans have also become cheaper," Modi says.
PM Modi in Lok Sabha: 3 lakh fraud firms have shut down due to demonetisation
Responding to the criticism faced by the government on demonetisation, PM Modi says due to the exercise three lakh fraud companies have shut down. He further says that Congress mukht Bharat was the idea of Mahatma Gandhi.
Congress didn't want a strong Air Force, says PM Modi
PM Modi alleges that the Congress didn't want a strong Air Force. "I am levelling a serious allegation here. You want this Rafale deal to be cancelled, on whose behest? For which company? In our neighbourhood, everyone is building war capabilities, why didn't we do it in all these years? This is criminal negligence," Modi says.
Defence deals made by Cong had presence of middlemen: PM
Modi says the Congress tried to scuttle the Rafale deal. "Every deal negotiated under the Congress regime had the presence of middlemen," he says. Speaking on the surgical strike, PM says, "There were days (under the Congress) when even bulletproof jackets were not available for the Army."
Congress played with national security: PM Modi in Lok Sabha
Accusing the Congress of neglecting needs of the armed forces, PM Modi says the party weakened the Army and played with national security. On the ailing banking sector, PM Modi says, "UPA's phone banking system did wonders for their friends and leaders. Due to such favouritism, our banking system witnessed many problems."
PM Modi lashes out at Congress on Commonwealth Games scam
Replying to the debate on the motion of thanks on the President’s Address in Parliament, PM Modi lashes out at the Congress over the Commonwealth Games scandal. "When the Commonwealth Games were held, it was an opportunity for us to highlight the glory of our nation. But these people (Congress/UPA) were focussed on increasing their own wealth," he says.
PM Modi takes dig at Opposition unity
Training his guns on the Opposition attempts at forming a Grand Alliance, PM Modi says, "People have seen the work a government with an absolute majority can do. They have seen our work. They do not want a 'Mahamilavat' government of those who recently gathered in Kolkata." PM Modi further says that 13 crore gas connections have been given in 55 months under his rule. "In their 55 years of rule only 12 crore gas connections were given, it is 13 crore in our 55 months. We have worked at a much faster speed in our five years," he says.
PM Modi speaks on Congress' unfulfilled promises
PM Modi says before raising a finger at him, rest of the four fingers are being pointed at the Congress. "Do you know what is my crime for them (Congress)? That a person born to a poor family is challenging their Sultunate," he says. "See your (Congress) manifestos of 2004, 2009 and 2014. In all the manifestos you have promised that within three years every house will have electricity. I am amazed at this," he says.
In last four and a half years, India became 6th largest economy: PM
Replying to the debate on the motion of thanks on the President’s Address in Parliament, PM Modi says in the last four and a half years India became 6th largest economy. "When we reached 11th position, then people who cannot even be seen in Opposition now praised themselves. They felt proud on reaching 11th, why are they saddened when we have reached 6th," says PM.
Cong questioned sanctity of Election Commission: PM Modi
PM Modi says the Congress blamed their loss on EVMs. "They questioned the sanctity of the Election Commission. You talk about institutions, what did Congress do to NTR (NT Rama Rao) and MGR (MG Ramachandran)," says PM Narendra Modi.
Over 10 crore toilets built in 55 months: Modi
Taking words from Arun Jaitley, PM Modi hits out at Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge for being a "serial dissenter". Modi says over 10 crore toilets have been built in only 55 months of his government.
Congress misused Article 356: PM Modi
The PM accuses the Congress of trivialising the Planning Commission and calling it a bunch of jokers. He says it was the Congress which insulted central institutions. He says that the Congress misused Article 356 several times.
Congress has tarnished Army's honour: PM
Taking a dig at the Opposition, PM Modi says they have lost the habit of hearing out the truth. On accusations that institutions of the country are being destroyed by the NDA regime, Modi says the Congress had itself blamed the Army and tarnished its honour.
PM Modi: BC stands for 'Before Congress', AD for 'After Dynasty'.
PM Modi coins new acronyms for BC and AD. He says BC stands for 'Before Congress' while AD stands for 'After Dynasty'. "Education sector is moving at a fast pace. Some people have begun criticising the nation while criticising the PM," Modi says.
PM Modi speaks on first time voters
Replying to the debate on the motion of thanks on the President’s Address in Parliament, PM Modi congratulates young voters. "I want to congratulate the crores of youngsters who will be voting for the first time this year. Voting is an important process - you will be upholding our democratic process," the PM says.
My govt is for the poor, against corruption: PM Modi
PM Modi says the government is for the poor, against corruption and for development. "The NDA government is known for its development-oriented work. My government known for transparency," Modi says. Taking a dig at the Opposition, PM says, "There has been criticism, there were baseless claims. Since this is an election year, people are compelled to say something."
PM Modi begins reply to the debate on Motion of Thanks
PM Modi begins reply to the debate on Motion of Thanks on the President’s address in Lok Sabha. "The way the President has acknowledged government's efforts, I am thankful to him," Modi says.
Govt used President's address to lend credibility to false promises: Congress
However, Congress argued that the government tried to use the President's address to lend credibility to its “false promises”. It said the President’s address was a summary of “lame excuses” for the government’s “non-performance”. The Congress said the President’s address did not have data or figures on the jobs created between 2014 to 2018. It also hit out at the government for claiming in the President’s address that demonetisation was a success and rooted out black money.
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