1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi responded to the “Motion of Thanks” to President Droupadi Murmu’s address in Lok Sabha.
2. In a 1-hour and 40-minute speech, PM Modi criticized the Congress on multiple issues, holding them responsible for the state of the Opposition.
3. He questioned the Opposition’s focus on divisions, asking if women, farmers, and other groups were not considered minorities in their perspective.
New Delhi, Feb 06: Prime Minister Narendra Modi responded to the “Motion of Thanks” to President Droupadi Murmu’s address in Lok Sabha on Monday, delivering a 1-hour and 40-minute speech.
During this address, PM Modi strongly criticized the Congress party on various fronts, attributing the current state of the Opposition in the country to the actions of the Congress.
In response to the Opposition’s claims that President Droupadi Murmu’s address lacked provisions for minorities, PM Modi questioned their focus on divisions.
He highlighted the importance of considering various groups, stating, “Maybe fishermen are not from the minority in your place, maybe animal herders are not from the minority in your place, maybe farmers are not from the minority in your place, maybe women are not from the minority in your place.”
He criticized the Opposition for continually emphasizing divisions in society.
Opposition leaders, including Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge, had criticized President Droupadi Murmu’s recent address to the joint sitting of Parliament before the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, with Kharge describing it as ‘propaganda’ and ‘advertisement’ for the Modi government.
PM Modi retorted by asserting that the Opposition had failed in its responsibility. He stressed the need for a robust Opposition but expressed his conviction that opposition parties lacked the courage to contest elections and had decided to remain in the opposition for an extended period.
The Prime Minister also took a swipe at the prevalence of family politics (parivarvad) in Indian politics, indirectly targeting the Gandhi family, particularly Rahul Gandhi. He commented, “In the pursuit of repeatedly launching the same product, Congress’ shop is on the verge of closure.”
In his comprehensive address, PM Modi covered various aspects, ranging from criticism of the Opposition to the state of Indian politics, emphasizing the need for a strong democracy and a constructive Opposition.