Film Shoot­ing & Ak­bar’s Rat­nas Liven Up Lok Sabha De­bate

The rul­ing & op­po­si­tion sides re­layed messages, es­pe­cially to UP

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

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.

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