Congress is like death, never gets bad name, says Modi in Rajya Sabha
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Congress is like death, never gets bad name, says Modi in Rajya Sabha



New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday compared the Congress party to death  and said like death, the Congress party is never criticized. He responding to the Motion of Thanks to the President for his address in the Rajya Sabha.
 
The tone of the PM's speech in the Upper House was less combative than the one in the Lok Sabha last week, where he had taken on Rahul Gandhi in a point-by-point rebuttal of the Congress vice-president's speech attacking the government during the debate in that house.
 
He also quoted from a Nida Fazli ghazal to throw a challenge to the opposition, particularly the Congress, in his reply in the Rajya Sabha to the motion of thanks on the President's Address today.

The lines from the ghazal translate to, "If you have the courage, then show me you can tread my path."
 
The PM's counter-attack on the Congress, however, continued.
 
He explained his analogy of comparing death with the Congress.

"Death is a blessing ... it's above criticism ... no one criticises death. People say someone died of cancer, (people say) he died of old age ... The cancer and old age is blamed but not the death," he said.

Similarly, the Congress is always portrayed as being above blame, the PM said..

"Sometimes I feel Congress is also blessed (like death) ... whenever we criticise the Congress,the media says the opposition is under attack," PM Modi added.

However, when the government criticises parties like the Janata Dal (United) or the Bahujan Samajwadi Party, the media sees it quite differently, according to Modi.
 
He rebutted the criticism of Congress leaders of his government's policies by detailing schemes and initiatives, also telling the opposition party, "You are looking at my work through a microscope. Had you used but a binocular and critiqued your own initiatives while you were in power then it would have been better."

The Prime Minister also added, "If they had done so much hard work when they were in power, they wouldn't be here," blaming previous Congress governments for the challenges and crises the country finds itself in. "What we have inherited from you... We are getting tired trying to clean up the mess," PM Modi said.

When the Opposition benches raised a noise over his reiteration that the government aims at doubling farmer incomes by 2022, PM Modi said, "I'm not an economist like Manmohan Singh, I don't have his immense intellect.
But I'm from a humble upbringing, have witnessed hardships of poverty... Can farmer incomes be doubled by 2022? If we make sure that soil health cards are used effectively then yes it's a real possibility."
 
Countering opposition criticism on the government's cleanliness drive, PM Modi said, "Cleanliness is becoming a mass movement. For the first time Parliament debated on it. The government may be criticised but (at least the) issue is being discussed."

"Cleanliness helps the poor the most. Due to lack of cleanliness the poor are forced to spend more money on medicines," he said.

The Prime Minister appealed to the opposition parties to pass the pending bills and said, "The nation is waiting for us to pass many bills."

He also mentioned Indira Gandhi, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's grandmother and a former Prime Minister.

"There are two kinds of people - the ones who work, and the ones who just take the credit for it. Indira Gandhi had asked people to strive to become the first kind of person, because competition to be like that was a lot lower," Modi said, referring quite obviously to the Congress.

He said coordination between both the houses of Parliament was a must since several pending bills needed to be passed.

"This is a chamber of ideas. It must guide the nation," the PM said, adding, "Let us pass bills earlier passed in the Lok Sabha as soon as possible and give an impetus to India's progress."

Countering opposition criticism on the government's cleanliness drive, PM Modi said, "Cleanliness is becoming a mass movement. For the first time Parliament debated on it. The government may be criticised but (at least the) issue is being discussed."

"Cleanliness helps the poor the most. Due to lack of cleanliness the poor are forced to spend more money on medicines," he said.






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