Let Parliament function smoothly, PM tells Cong
ATTACK MODE Says Oppn should not “create hurdles in country’s development”
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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