Film Shooting & Akbar’s Ratnas Liven Up Lok Sabha Debate
The ruling & opposition sides relayed messages, especially to UP
New Delhi: The Lok Sabha witnessed an engaging debate on the motion of thanks to the President’s’ address as the ruling and opposition sides slugged it out over a range of issues. In Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s presence, both sides relayed their electoral messages, particularly to UP.
The ruling side fielded culture minister Mahesh Sharma and Virendra Singh Mast to defend demonetisation and praise the surgical strikes. Sharma lauded the PM for his decisions. “A 56 inch chest, a resolute will and a big heart are needed for taking bold decisions successfully. This government is working with a resolution and a holistic approach for the development of all sections and it was because of its clarity that it could take bold decisions for removing corruption and launching major ambitious schemes for the poor,” Sharma said.
Virendra Singh Mast took a dig at Akhilesh Yadav and on his joint-campaign with Rahul Gandhi. “Just see the desperation of some people. A son has aligned his party with those (Congress) who once harassed and even jailed his father... People asked me what I thought of two youngsters moving around atop a truck. I said it was film shooting.” Singh said those with no practical knowledge of farming were now approaching farmers with text book knowledge.
Later Congress leader Kharge returned the compliment. “These people (BJP) want us to believe everything happened in India after this regime. They want to even say the green revolution and white revolution was due to Modi regime! Kharge also said that the BJP had “no history
BJP fielded two of it’s members from Uttar Pradesh to kick off the debates
of its leaders making sacrifices to defend the nation” or “participation in freedom movement.”
Accusing the BJP of divisive politics Kharge said: “For the unity of the nation Gandhiji, Indiraji and Rajivji sacrificed their lives. Who from your houses participated in the Freedom Struggle?” Insisting, there were surgical strikes earlier too, Kharge said, “but when the last surgical strike happened, the PM said Manohar Parrikar was one of the ‘Nav Ratnas’ in his government. Emperor Akbar’s defence minister was Man Singh, so Parrikar is Man Singh. His finance minister was Todar Mal, so Arun Jaitley is Todar Mal. But where are the remaining seven ratnas,” Kharge asked.