Delivering his last speech to the Lok Sabha ahead of the upcoming General Elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared the credit for all the work done during his government’s tenure with the opposition and at the same time, hurled many barbs at them as well.
In his address on the last day of the Lok Sabha’s Budget session, he said that the country was today the 6th largest economy in the world and was well on its way to becoming a $5 trillion economy.
Listing out his government’s achievements, he said, “There is a lot of confidence in the country now. Major organisations around the world are talking about India. India has made a place for itself in the digital world. We have now become the centre for economic activity with our initiatives such as Make in India.”
“The world recognises a full majority government. India suffered globally for long due to fractured mandates, it is now taken seriously because of the majority government,” Modi said.
PM Modi said that it was the first time in the last 30 years that a non-Congress “gotra” government had been formed and that too with a majority. “The last such non-Congress ‘gotra’ government was formed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee. After 30 years another non-Congress ‘gotra’ government was formed in 2014,” he said.
“The credit for this goes to the 125 crore voters who voted for us,” he said.
He went on to say that the world was now sitting up and taking note of India and its achievements only because it had a majority government.
He said that during the tenure of this government, as many as 219 bills were placed in Parliament, of which 203 were passed.
Speaking about the Bills that had been passed and turned into laws, he spoke about the laws that had been enacted against black money and corruption.
He said that the members of the 16th Lok Sabha would remember in the near future that this was the House that brought laws against black money and corruption and cracked down on those who had defrauded the country of crores and fled to other countries.
He said that members of the House worked together to abolish more than 1,400 passive laws.
But his last address in Lok Sabha wasn’t just a recount of what his government had achieved in the past five years. Along with praising the opposition, he also hurled a few barbs at them.
PM Modi, without taking his name, referred to Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s statement that there would be an earthquake in Parliament if he was allowed to speak, said, “We used to hear that an earthquake would come. But nothing like that happened. We saw paper planes flying in the House. But the honour of democracy and the Lok Sabha is so high that it digested the earthquake and the planes couldn’t reach its summit,” he said.
Referring to senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, Modi rued the fact that Kharge had a sore throat and couldn’t speak too much.
“It would have been nice if he could speak today. I couldn’t hear him many times, but I used to read the detail later on. It was important. His words would get me thinking and in a way, I used to get the fuel for my speeches from his words. I am grateful to Kharge,” Modi said.
Modi also praised Kharge for following senior BJP leader LK Advani’s footsteps and being present in Parliament the entire time that it met.
“We legislators must learn from Kharge ji. It is commendable the way he has discharged his duties as a public representative,” Modi said.
Referring to TDP MP Naramalli Sivaprasad’s different costumes for each day of all the sessions of Parliament, he said, “All the tension would disappear when he got attnetion.”