Updated: March 3, 2020 2:43:50 pm
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday stressed on the need for peace, harmony, and unity in society saying it is a prerequisite for the country’s development.
Addressing the BJP parliamentary party meet before the Parliament session, Modi asked all MPs to take lead in ensuring peace, harmony and unity in society. He said, “vikas is our mantra; peace, unity, and harmony are prerequisites for development.”
In his first speech at a party forum after Northeast Delhi riots, which have left more than 40 people dead, Modi said national interest is supreme for the BJP while for others party interest is of the most importance, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi told reporters after the meeting.
Modi also took a dig at his predecessor and Congress leader Manmohan Singh, saying attempts were being made to create a controversy around the slogan ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ (Hail Mother India) in the same way objections were raised about ‘Vande Mataram’ after the freedom struggle. At a recent event, Singh had said the slogan of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ was being misused to construct a “militant and purely emotional” idea of India that excludes millions of residents and citizens. “Some people are now finding a bad smell in Bharat Mata Ki Jai,” Modi told MPs at the meeting, reported PTI.
On Monday, both BJP and Congress members shoved and pushed each other in Lok Sabha as Opposition parties, protesting the communal violence in Delhi, united in both Houses of Parliament to demand the resignation of Union Home Minister Amit Shah. In Rajya Sabha, the AAP, Congress and SP came to the Well, shouting slogans against BJP, Shah and the Prime Minister
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