New Delhi: Replying to the motion of thanks on President Ram Nath Kovind’s address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday talked about ‘change’ saying “Chalta hai” attitude doesn’t work anymore. His archetypical speech also touched upon many issues like covid, Atmanbirbhar Bharat Democracy and many more. Here are highlights of his address in Lok Sabha today:
-Addressing the MPs present in the house he said the speech by President showcased India’s ‘Sankalp Shakti.’ His words have boosted the spirit of confidence among the people of India “The President’s address represents how the country set a roadmap for itself in the most difficult of times.”
-“During the discussion on the President’s speech, a large number of women MPs took part. This is a great sign. I want to congratulate the women MPs who enriched the House proceedings with their thoughts.”
*Quoting Swami Vivekananda PM said “Every nation has a message to deliver. A mission to fulfil. A destiny to reach”. The way India handled the Corona pandemic and helped the world along the way is a turning point of sorts.
-He also quoted Congress MP Manish Tewari who had said “India was spared by the pandemic”. Adding his view on this PM said,” I say that this is indeed God’s blessing that India remained largely unscathed by the pandemic which ravaged the whole world. It is because frontline workers like doctors, nurses, cleaning staff and ambulance drivers came to us as manifestations of god.”
-“A new world order will emerge in the post-coronavirus world. Atmanbirbhar Bharat will help us become a key part of this new world order.”
-“Today we can hear ‘Vocal for Local’ in every corner of India. People look for local. This sense of self-respect is working a lot for Aatmanirbhar Bharat.”
-“Amid the pandemic, we also introduced three laws to bring reforms in the agriculture sector. Several opposition members, including the ones from Congress, were debating the colour of the laws, saying they’re black or white , etc. It would have been better had they held discussions on the intent and content of the laws.”
-“We respect the sentiments of all the farmers protesting against the laws. This is why, senior government ministers have been continuously holding talks with them in a respectful manner.”
-“We are waiting for farmers to come up with specific concerns regarding the laws and have no issues in discussing them.”
” Since the implementation of laws, no mandi has shut down in the country. The MSP system still continue. In fact, the MSP has increased since the laws were introduced.”
-“Nothing has been taken away from the farmers. Only new provisions have been added, which are optional, nothing is compulsory.”
-“No restrictions have been imposed on the existing mandis. In the budget, we have taken measures to strengthen the mandi system.”
-“No one even asked for a law on triple talaq, yet we made a law to ban it for the benefit of the society.”
-“Congress has taken different stands in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, a divided and confused party like this can do no good to the country.”
-PM Modi also criticised ruckus created by opposition leaders in Lok Sabha over farm laws while alleging it to be a planned strategy. Showing their displeasure on farm laws opposition members, including Congress leader Rahul Gandhi staged a walk out as Prime Minister Narendra Modi explained government’s stand on three farm laws in Lok Sabha. PM Modi also voiced his vexation at continued disruption during his speech and requested Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury to allow him to speak.
-“Noises and attempts to obstruct (House proceedings) are part of a well-thought strategy. The strategy is to keep making noises otherwise the lies and rumours will be exposed, truth will come out and things will get difficult for them. You won’t be able to win people’s confidence like that.”
Such ‘divided’, ‘confused’ party can do no good: PM’s dig at Congress
In a sharp dig at the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said its Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha units move in opposite directions and asserted that such a “divided” and “confused” party can neither do any good for itself nor can it think of any solutions for the country’s problems.
PM Modi’s remarks came amid a walkout by members of the Congress in Lok Sabha, including former party chief Rahul Gandhi, when he was speaking on the three farm laws during his reply to the debate on the motion of thanks to the President for his address.
“The condition of the Congress party, a very old party which ruled the country for about six decades, has now become such that its Rajya Sabha unit moves in one direction while the Lok Sabha unit moves in another direction,” Modi said.
Such a “divided” and “confused” party can neither do any good for itself nor can it think of any solution to the country’s problems, Modi said.
“Nothing can be more unfortunate than this. The Congress is also there in Rajya Sabha, their senior leaders are there, they debate with a lot of enthusiasm and express their views. On the other hand, there is the other section of the Congress (in Lok Sabha)…. Time will tell,” the prime minister said.
-“Change is necessary for any society. Take Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, BR Ambedkar, they went against the existing practices of their time to reform the society.”
-“”Chalta hai” attitude doesn’t work anymore. The mentality of status quo is destroying the nation.”
-“We’re knocking at the doors of 75 years of Independence. It’s a matter of pride for every Indian & an occasion to move forward. We may be in any corner of the world or belong to any strata of society but we must make a new resolve on where we want to take India at 100 years of freedom.”
-“Democracy is in our blood, in our breath. It is woven into us.”
-“We are working towards making farmers self-reliant. We don’t want them to be restricted to growing wheat and rice either. We want them to match pace with the world.”
-“We cannot tackle the challenges faced by the agriculture secector in the 21st century with the mentality of 18th century .”
-“We need to differentiate between ‘andolan karis’ and andolan jeevis.”
-“The investment that farming needs is not happening; we need to bring investment and modernise the agriculture sector to empower it.”