While replying on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s address in the Lok Sabha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made many referrences of India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s speeches but failed to respond on the genuine issues ranging from domestic issues like JNU row to foreign policy on Pakistan raised by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday invoked late Congress stalwarts and prime ministers Jawaharlal Nehru and Rajiv Gandhi to urge the opposition to let parliament function “peacefully and responsibly”.
“Parliament is a forum where different view points are put forward, where questions are being asked to the government, where government is made accountable and nobody is spared, and one shouldn’t expect otherwise,” Modi said, replying to the discussion in the Lok Sabha on the motion of thanks to President Pranab Mukherjee’s address to parliament.
“And in doing so, it would be great if we uphold parliamentary traditions” to let the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha function “peacefully and responsibly”, he said.
“It is not me saying this… These are the words of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi,” Modi told the Lok Sabha with most of the MPs present in the house.
He also referred to India’s first prime minister Nehru and his speeches in parliament and urged the opposition to help the government pass crucial legislations, including the Goods and Services Tax bill.
“If house maintains decorum, we will be able to put our point of view in a better manner,” he said.
Modi also referred to Left leader Somnath Chatterjee who was Lok Sabha speaker during the first UPA government from 2004 to 2009.
“As far as disruptions are concerned, our former speaker and some members here whose guide and philosopher Somnath Chatterjee said that to disrupt is totally counter-productive.”
Modi also stressed that the nation suffers if parliament does not function properly.
“The House is a place where debates are to take place. When parliament sessions are not functional, the nation suffers and more than that the MPs suffer because they can’t discuss issues,” said Modi.
Parliament is a forum where the government is questioned and made to clarify its stand on various issues, Modi said and added that the sessions are fruitful if boundaries are maintained during a debate.
Modi asks the Opposition party to listen to him.
Trying to convince opposition parties to let Parliament function,PM Narendra Modi said, “As President said, Parliament is for discussions. The country is hurt by the manner in which Parliament We should pay heed to the President’s advice on the functioning of Parliament.”
Asking for guidance from lawmakers, PM Modi said, “Opposition has been saying GST Bill is ours, this too is yours. Let it be passed. and as former speaker Somnath Chatterjee said, Opposing parliamentary sessions for selfish deeds isn’t acceptable.”
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