Let Par­lia­ment func­tion smoothly, PM tells Cong

AT­TACK MODE Says Oppn should not “cre­ate hur­dles in coun­try’s de­vel­op­ment”

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NEW DELHI: Con­tin­u­ing his at­tack on the Congress on the last day of the year, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi urged the prin­ci­pal op­po­si­tion party to take a New Year’s res­o­lu­tion to let Par­lia­ment work in­stead of “try­ing to de­stroy its func­tion­ing for po­lit­i­cal rea­sons”.

“Tomorrow is Jan­uary 1. When you cel­e­brate the New Year, you should take a vow to al­low Par­lia­ment to run and do its work and not pose hur­dles to the coun­try’s de­vel­op­ment,” the PM said at the foun­da­tion stone-lay­ing cer­e­mony for the Delhi-Meerut ex­press­way in Noida on Thurs­day.

“I understand the anger of those who have not got a chance to rule the coun­try. But those who have en­joyed all kinds of power for 60 years have no right to halt Par­lia­ment and de­stroy its func­tion­ing.”

The at­tack came a week af­ter Par­lia­ment’s win­ter ses­sion ended in a near washout with the gov­ern­ment fail­ing to pass the key Goods and Ser­vices Tax bill in the face of ag­gres­sive Congress-led protests.

It also co­in­cided with a New Year’s-eve Twit­ter war be­tween the po­lit­i­cal ri­vals as the Congress launched a cam­paign with the hash­tag #ModiFail­ures2015 and the BJP hit back with #modigov­trocks. The Congress re­sponse to the PM’s re­marks was prompt and sharp. “He is the most par­ti­san PM in In­dia’s history. We are not sur­prised he made po­lit­i­cal com­ments at a gov­ern­ment func­tion. He is the PM who has at­tacked the Op­po­si­tion even from for­eign soil, be­tray­ing all po­lit­i­cal tra­di­tions,” said se­nior party leader Jairam Ramesh.

Modi main­tained he had aired his views in “jan sabha” as he had not got the op­por­tu­nity to speak in Lok Sabha.

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