Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that the passage of all pending bills will give momentum to country’s progress as he addressed the Rajya Sabha to reply on the motion of thanks to President Pranab Mukherjee’s address.
A day after Rahul Gandhi said his intervention helped the Centre roll back the tax on EPF withdrawals, Modi took a jibe at the Congress Vice President saying some people work and others take credit. “There are two kinds of people in the world, one who work and others who take credit,” Modi said.
The Congress party had earlier issued a whip asking all its MPs to be present in the Upper House during PM Modi’s speech.
The Prime Minister also took a dig at the Congress by comparing the party to ‘death’. “There is a funny thing about death, no one blames death. They blame the reason why people die,” he said and added that Congress has a similar boon.
“Whenever there is an attack on Congress, its always said attack on opposition, and never said attack on Congress,” he said.
The prime minister chided the Congress for raising the issue, which has already been “approved by the Supreme Court”. ”But we try to give political colour to everything,” he said. “We can have different points of view but don’t politicise everything.” The Congress has criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) governments in Rajasthan and Gujarat for such moves which the opposition parties say go against the grain of grass-roots democracy. The moves specify educational qualifications for people contesting elections to local bodies.
He hit out at Congress saying, “Today you are looking at my work through a microscope. Wish you had used even binoculars on yourself.”
Modi said his government focussed on three aspects-Transparency, Accountability and Decentralisation-for good governance.
He mentioned about his schemes including, sanitation, education, those related to farmers and agriculture, banking, etc and praised his own government.
Meanwhile, Modi listed out the achievements, schemes and initiatives taken up by his BJP-led NDA government.