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For More Than 1 Hour, PM Modi Launches Tirade Against Congress In Lok Sabha

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| February 7 , 2018 , 14:59 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday replied to the debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President's address in Lok Sabha, amidst loud sloganeering from Opposition leaders. During his speech, the PM heavily condemned the Congress party, saying that the party focussed on 'one family' held back the development of the nation.

President Ram Nath Kovind's maiden address to a joint session of the Budget Session of Parliament 2018 on January 29 highlighted the achievements of the current government. The Motion of Thanks to the President's address debate began on Monday with BJP President Amit Shah and Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad expressing their views. Azad heavily criticised the government and the treatment of the Opposition.

"Several members of Parliament expressed their thoughts on various subjects. The address by the Honourable President does not belong to any party. It is about the aspirations of every Indian," PM Modi said in Lok Sabha.

"The President's address highlighted the work being done across the country, it highlighted how India is progressing. President’s address should be respected," he said.

Prime Minister Modi levelled a series of allegations and criticisms, most directed towards the Congress party, beginning from the time of independence itself.

First Prime Minister of India

PM Modi blamed Congress for partition, saying that 'you divided the nation for selfish gains' and it would have been different if Sardar Patel had been the first Prime Minister.

"For electoral reasons and petty gains, even 70 years ago, the Congress divided the nation... For selfish gains 125 crore Indians suffer even today," said PM Modi in Lok Sabha.

"If Sardar Patel was made the first Prime Minister of India as he was democratically elected by Congress working committees, a part of our Kashmir would not have been occupied by Pakistan," he said.

"You (Congress party) had power from Panchayat to Parliament after independence. Had you showed some sense of responsibility and direction, the country would have progressed much more than where it stands today," said PM Modi.

"For decades, one party devoted all their energies to serving one family. The interests of the nation were looked over just for the interests of one family," he said.

"I see that whenever we are criticised by select opposition parties, substance is lacking. They go back to saying; 'when we were in power...' This is the same party that divided India," said PM Modi.

Democracy

"India did not get democracy due to Pandit Nehru, as Congress wants us to believe. Please look at our rich history. There are many examples of rich democratic traditions that date back centuries ago. Democracy is integral to this nation and is in our culture," said PM Modi.

"You (the opposition) talk of democracy. Under Manmohan Singh's government, your own party leader had said, just like Aurengzeb came in place of Shah Jahan, and Shah Jahan in place of Jahangir, similarly, we have also come forward... this has how it has been in India... but let me tell you... for more than 2,500 years India has been a place which has believed in a democratic way of life, where people from everywhere have come, settled and lived peacefully. We have, for thousands of years, believed in listening to all sides and what they have to say. We have been inclusive," he said.

"Your party leader (Rahul Gandhi) called a press conference and tore apart an order of your cabinet. How can you talk of democracy with such subjugation to only a family?" PM Modi questioned in Lok Sabha.

"Was the process of electing Congress party President democratic or coronation?" he said.

Insults

"We cannot forget how the Congress insulted Shri Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, a proud son of Andhra Pradesh. They humiliated him. Nobody in India needs lessons on democracy from the Congress Party," PM Modi said in the Lok Sabha.

"When Rajiv Gandhi landed in Hyderabad, how did he behave with a Congress leader Mr. T Anjaiah. He humiliated a big leader, who did not belong to a privileged background," he said.

Creating New States

"When we speak about creating new states, we remember the manner in which Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ji created Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. He showed how farsighted decision making is done," said PM Modi.

"Under Atal Bihari Vajpayee's government too states were divided, but they were done with everyone's confidence... the process was smooth... But the Congress has messed up in dividing Andhra Pradesh. They did it in a hurry, and without much thought," he said.

'Our Work'

"We did work in your constituency thinking that we did something for the country," said PM Modi, praising the work of his government.

"We do not bother who is the local MP or MLA, which party they belong to. We serve the nation and care for 125 crore Indians," he said.

Watch PM Modi's speech below: