Prime Minister Narendra Modi undertook a spirited defence of his government’s policies including the demonetization drive in Lok Sabha on Tuesday and took a dig at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for his “earthquake” remarks saying the tremors reached Delhi finally.
Without taking names, Prime Minister Narendra Modi targeted Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi – punning on his December 9 threat of causing a proverbial political earthquake and his recent SCAM acronyms.
“Finally the tremors were felt. Mother Earth might have been upset. When they see service even in scams, Mother Earth becomes sad and tremours are felt),” he said to loud cheer from Treasury benches.
Both the Prime Minister and Rahul Gandhi had taken to wordplay yesterday at different political rallies in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, trying to find suitable words for the acronym SCAM. Modi asked a crowd in Meerut to rid the state of SCAM — Samajwadi Party, Congress, Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati.
Rahul Gandhi retaliated: for him SCAM meant seva, courage, ability and modesty.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke at the Lok Sabha on Tuesday morning, replying to the Motion of Thanks to President Pranav Mukherjee’s address in the Parliament on January 31.
In his speech, Modi attacked the Congress party, saying, “We remember how democracy was under threat from 1975 to 1977, when Opposition leaders were jailed and newspaper freedom curtailed.”
Sharpening his attack on the Congress, he said the party glorified the role of “one family” in the freedom struggle and said they had neglected the contribution of others.
“There are many people like me who couldn’t die for the nation during the freedom struggle but we are living for India and serving India,” Modi said. “Somewhere on the way, ‘Jan Shakti’ (people power) was forgotten and we don’t accept this.”
The Prime Minister also likened the demonetisation drive with the Swachh Bharat mission. “Like Swachh Bharat, the decision of demonetisation is a movement to clean India from corruption and black money,” he said.
Taking a dig at the Opposition for politicising the issue of cleanliness and criticising the Swachh Bharat mission, Modi said, “I was surprised that there were some who made cleanliness a political issue. Why can’t we work together on ushering a Swachh Bharat,” he added.