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Parliament Highlights: Fundamentals of Indian economy strong, inherent quality to move ahead, says PM Modi in Rajya Sabha

Parliament Today Highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks in the Rajya Sabha came amidst the Opposition's criticism on the declining economic growth.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: February 6, 2020 8:54:14 pm
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is currently replying to the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address in Rajya Sabha. (RSTV screengrab)

Parliament Highlights: In his reply to Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address in the Rajya Sabha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday said the fundamentals of the Indian economy are “still strong” and have the inherent quality to move ahead.

“We talk about a five trillion dollar economy. Yes, the aim is ambitious but we have to think big and think ahead,” he said. The remarks by the prime minister came amidst the Opposition’s criticism on the declining economic growth.

Earlier today, while speaking in the Rajya Sabha, Modi took a dig at the opposition saying had his government walked on the path of Congress, it would not have been able to deliver on issues such as Article 370, Citizenship Amendment Act, and triple talaq.

Read | PM Modi on CAA: Nehru was in favour of protecting Pak minorities, did he want a Hindu Rashtra?

The PM also launched a scathing attack on the Congress, accusing it of fuelling communal divide in the country by misleading Muslims on CAA. PM Modi said the grand old party has always considered Indian Muslims as Muslims alone but the NDA government considers them as Indians. He said the Congress, which cries foul over saving the Constitution, conveniently forgets how they trampled upon it during the Emergency.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi replied on the Motion of Thanks to the President's Address in Parliament today. Follow Highlights below.

18:55 (IST)06 Feb 2020
Both houses adjourned

Both houses have been adjourned till 11 AM tomorrow.

18:54 (IST)06 Feb 2020
Not against granting citizenship to Hindus refugees: Ghulam Nabi Azad to PM Modi

"I would like to assure the prime minister that no one in the opposition is against the policy of bringing back our Hindu brothers from our neighbouring countries," Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said in the Rajya Sabha, adding that the Opposition is against the non-inclusions of Hindus from Sri Lanka.

Questioning the exclusion of Bhutan and Nepal from the new citizenship law, Azad lashed out at the Centre for framing laws on the basis of religion.

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18:28 (IST)06 Feb 2020
NPR and census are normal government procedures: PM Modi in RS

"NPR and census are normal government procedures, which have been carried out earlier also. But when vote bank politics is a necessity than those who carried out NPR earlier, spread misinformation about it now," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in the Upper House.

18:26 (IST)06 Feb 2020
Right information needs to be provided on new citizenship law: PM Modi

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18:19 (IST)06 Feb 2020
PM Modi: Many Opposition members are very enthused these days

"Many Opposition members are very enthused these days, those who were silent have become violent," Prime Minister Modi said in the Rajya Sabha.

18:10 (IST)06 Feb 2020
Path taken on CAA by many Opposition parties is unfortunate: PM Modi

"Is it okay to misguide and misinform the nation? Can anybody be a part of a campaign that does the same? The path being taken on CAA by many Opposition parties is unfortunate," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in the Rajya Sabha.

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18:02 (IST)06 Feb 2020
We have a mission to ensure clean water reaches all houses: PM Modi

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17:54 (IST)06 Feb 2020
Fundamentals of Indian economy strong: PM Modi

In his reply to the Motion of Thanks to the President's Address in the Rajya Sabha, PM Modi said the fundamentals of the Indian economy are "still strong" and have the inherent quality to move ahead.

"We talk about a five trillion dollar economy. Yes, the aim is ambitious but we have to think big and think ahead," he said.

17:47 (IST)06 Feb 2020
Plight of the Bru refugees was pitiable: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Rajya Sabha said that the plight of the Bru refugees was pitiable. "Yet, the Party which ruled most parts of the Northeast for decades and the Party that ruled Tripura for decades did nothing about this problem. It was our Government that had the honour of solving this major problem," he said.

17:45 (IST)06 Feb 2020
Unprecedented peace in Northeast: PM Modi

Taking on the charge of unrest in the Northeast region, Prime Minister said that the region is actually witnessing "unprecedented peace".

17:42 (IST)06 Feb 2020
J&K got benefits of reservation for the first time in decades: PM Modi

"For the first time in decades, people of Jammu and Kashmir got benefits of reservation. There were BDC polls, RERA came into being there. For the first time, Jammu and Kashmir got a comprehensive start-up, trade and logistics policy," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Rajya Sabha.

Anti-corruption bureau was set up there, he added.

17:38 (IST)06 Feb 2020
People do not forget things easily: PM Modi

Targeting Opposition leaders, Prime Minister Modi said: "I want to remind the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha about the manner in which proceedings regarding the creation of Telangana took place."

17:37 (IST)06 Feb 2020
Entire nation saw detailed discussions being held on J&K here: PM Modi in RS

The entire nation saw detailed discussions being held on J&K here, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said during his reply on the Motion of Thanks to the President's Address in Rajya Sabha.

17:25 (IST)06 Feb 2020
Some members have made stagnation a virtue: PM Modi in Rajya Sabha

PM Modi in Rajya Sabha: To be honest, I was a little disappointed with some of the remarks made here. Some members have made stagnation a virtue. They were stuck in the same old ways, talking about the same old things of the past. 

PM Modi in Rajya Sabha: To be honest, I was a little disappointed with some of the remarks made here. Some members have made stagnation a virtue. They were stuck in the same old ways, talking about the same old things of the past pic.twitter.com/l510cDeKEd

— ANI (@ANI) February 6, 2020

17:18 (IST)06 Feb 2020
PM Modi replies in Rajya Sabha to the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address

PM Modi replies in Rajya Sabha to the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address.

17:16 (IST)06 Feb 2020
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Union Minister Prakash Javadekar Thursday in the Upper House asked whether people who support JNU student Sharjeel Imam also support his comments on Assam.

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16:57 (IST)06 Feb 2020
PM Modi to reply to Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address in RS soon

Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reply to the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address at around 5 pm in the Rajya Sabha, today.

16:29 (IST)06 Feb 2020
PM Modi: Nehru was in favour of protecting Pak minorities, did he want a Hindu Rashtra?

Taking on the Opposition over the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) amid the ongoing protests across cities, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday accused the Congress and the Left of inciting people at protest sites and stressed that the Act will not impact any Indian citizen, including Muslims.

Reiterating that the Act is not against the interests of minorities in the country, PM Modi, in his reply to a debate on Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address in Lok Sabha, said: “For them (opposition), they are Muslims. For us, they are all Indians. The Act does not affect any Indian.” Click here to read more.

16:04 (IST)06 Feb 2020
"It was a mix of fairy tale": Mahua Moitra on PM Modi's speech

"It was a mix of fairy tale and mediocrity. There are no numbers in the budget or in his speech, there is only qualitative grandstanding," Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra said. (ANI)

15:57 (IST)06 Feb 2020
Piyush Goyal holds meeting with Rajasthan MPs over rail network issues

Delhi: Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal is holding a meeting in Parliament with Rajasthan MPs regarding their issues and demands over rail networks in their constituencies. Lok Sabha Speaker and MP from Kota, Om Birla is also present in the meeting.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at Parliament House on Wednesday. (PTI)

On Wednesday, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharam introduced on Wednesday the Direct Tax ‘Vivad se Vishwas’ Bill in the Lok Sabha. Under the scheme announced in the Union Budget, taxpayers whose tax demands are locked in dispute in multiple forums can pay due taxes by March 31, 2020, and get a complete waiver of interest and penalty.

In the Rajya Sabha, the Motion of Thanks on President Ram Nath Kovind’s speech, which was moved by senior BJP leader Bhupender Yadav Tuesday, will be further considered today. Initiating the debate, Bhupender Yadav had accused the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of giving “moral support” to Shaheen Bagh stir and said young minds were “poisoned through hate-filled speeches” in the name of freedom of expression during the anti-CAA protests.

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