Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday addressed the Lok Sabha towards the end of a discussion on the Motion of Thanks to the President.
During his speech, PM Modi spoke about a number of issues, including government schemes, inflation, and the Opposition’s criticism of the BJP.
The Prime Minister began his speech by remembering Lata Mangeshkar who breathed her last at a hospital in Mumbai on Sunday.
Stating that we are moving fast towards a “new world order”, PM Modi said India must make use of this opportunity as we celebrate 75 years of Independence.
“Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is a perfect time to think about how India can play a global leadership role in the coming years,” he said.
The Prime Minister also said that his government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic is an “example for the world”.
“During the Covid period, India’s economy was the fastest growing in the world, farmers produced record quantities of food grains,” said PM Modi.
Seering attack on Congress
Terming the Congress party as the “leader of Tukde Tukde gang”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the party is yet to shed its “arrogance” despite facing electoral losses in multiple states over several decades.
“Opposition can’t live for a moment without uttering ‘Modi’, some of them start their day by targeting Modi,” he said, adding, “Those who ruled the nation for so many years and used to living in palatial houses have forgotten to speak for the small farmer.”
PM Modi also alleged that Congress leaders, during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, “gave free tickets” to migrant workers in Mumbai which resulted in the spread of infection.
In the same context, the Prime Minister also criticized the Aam Aadmi Party. He said, “The Delhi government used microphones, went to residential areas telling people to leave. In Delhi, the NCT government encouraged migrants to flee the capital, providing buses that left them in the lurch.”
Continuing his attack on the Congress party, PM Modi said, “The way you raise issues, you appear to have resolved not to come to power for 100 years.”
The Prime Minister went further to say that the Opposition must not attack government schemes such as ‘vocal for local’, ‘Make in India’ and ‘Fit India’.
PM Modi said, “I do not agree with the approach of scaring youth and wealth creators. Give suggestions on ‘Make in India’, but which mindset can say it’ll fail?
“These people [Congress leaders] have been disconnected from the grassroots, they’re lost in files. We are working to change the lives of 130 crore Indians,” PM Modi said.
He also said the Congress party’s decision to term two of the country’s biggest industrialists as ‘Covid variants’ will harm the party’s interests. The reference is to a speech Congress leader Rahul Gandhi made in the Lok earlier in the budget session.