Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched yet another scathing attack on the Congress saying that the BJP practices “true secularism” which ensures that common man becomes the primary beneficiary of the central government’s schemes.
Speaking in reply to Motion of Thanks on President Droupadi Murmu’s address in Rajya Sabha, PM Modi in a clear dig at the opposition, asserted that the lotus (BJP’s symbol) will bloom “no matter how much you sling at us.”
The Prime Minister said that true secularism is making sure that benefits of various government schemes reach all eligible beneficiaries, not just your people from your vote bank. He said that his government’s priority has always been to empower the public unlike the previous UPA regime that only saw political opportunity.
This is why, he said, LPG connections were provided to 25 crore families across the country.
PM Modi in his tirade against the grand-old party claimed that the Congress merely raised empty slogans like ‘Gareebi Hatao’ (remove poverty), but never actually did anything about it for over four decades while the BJP-regime works hard to meet the expectations and aspirations of the people.
The Prime Minister continued his assault on the decade-long Congress-led rule, comparing the UPA regime’s performance with that of his own government.
He claimed that the Congress always created hurdles in development resulting in India “losing” six decades while smaller countries progressed, adding that Congress only engaged in ‘tokenism’ and never tried to find permanent solutions to problems confronting country.
The BJP government, he said, is always moving ahead with permanent solutions, adding that the Congress “continues with its conspiracies” despite being rejected by voters.
‘Lotus will bloom’
Amid deafening slogans of ‘probe Adani’ and ‘Modi-Adani bhai bhai’ (Modi and Adani are brothers in arms), the Prime Minister, undeterred, remarked that the conduct and tone of some members is disappointing for the whole nation, adding that such people will realize that “Jitna keechad uchhaloge, kamal utna hi khilega (the more mud is thrown at us, the more the lotus will bloom)” and they (opposition) will have an equal role in the blooming of the lotus.
“…we will thank them (opposition),” PM Modi said sarcastically.
In another slide at the opposition, the Prime Minister quoted a couplet in Hindi: “Keechad uske pas hai, mere pas gulal. Jo bhi jiske pas tha usne diya uchaal (all they have is mud, but I have gulal. Each threw whatever they have in their hands)
PM Modi then aimed his attack at Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, who in his speech in the Upper House earlier, had targeted the Prime Minister and his BJP government over the Adani controversy.
The Prime Minister said the Congress chief complains that he (Modi) visits Karnataka’s Kalaburagi but chooses to overlook the work that has been done there, adding that 1.70 crore Jan Dhan bank accounts have been opened in Karnataka, including over 8 lakh accounts in Kalaburagi.
The PM jibed: “so many people getting empowered, while someone’s account getting closed, I can understand the pain.”
During the speech, opposition members relentlessly raised loud slogans demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee investigation into allegations against the Adani Group.
Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi and Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge questioned why parts of their speech on PM Modi and Gautam Adani, in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha respectively, were expunged.
On Tuesday, Rahul Gandhi, while participating in a debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address in Lok Sabha, claimed that Adani Group Chairman Gautam Adani’s fortunes skyrocketed after the BJP came to power in 2014 and he rose from the 609th to the second spot in the global rich list.
Gandhi’s remarks drew a sharp response from Treasury benches, with Law Minister Kiren Rijiju asking him not to level “wild allegations” and to furnish proof of his claims.
BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad had accused Rahul Gandhi of making baseless, shameless and reckless allegations and charged that the Congress and the Gandhi family were involved in “big scams” that “tarnished” the country’s image.
Speaking in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, Rahul Gandhi said that people are inquisitive to know about the relationship shared between the business typhoon and the Prime Minister of India. Gandhi in his address also alleged that rules were neglected or altered in order to benefit Adani and his business.
The Wayanad MP also said that across the states be it Tamil Nadu, Kerala, to Himachal Pradesh, he has been hearing only Adani’s name throughout the country. Gandhi further said that someone asked him that despite entering whichever field, Adani’s business never fails.
Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal moves Women’s Reservation Bill in Rajya Sabha, says census, delimitation necessary
Congress MP Rajneeth Ranjan stated that they want rights, adding that women don’t want to be pitied.
Union Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal moved the Women’s Reservation Bill in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. Addressing the house, the Union Law Minister noted that census and delimitation are necessary for the quota bill. He further expressed that the historic bill would bring equality to women.
The Union Law Minister underlined that through the Constitutional Amendment Bill, a section will be inserted in Article 330, Article 332 and Article 334. Through these, 1/3rd of the seats will be reserved in Lok Sabha and all State Assemblies of the country, he continued. Arjun Ram Meghwal further hailed that this bill is a major step ahead.
Initiating a debate on the Women’s Reservation Bill, BJP President J P Nadda praised Prime MInister Narendra Modi for the quota bill. He mentioned that the bill will strengthen women’s empowerment. The BJP President further expressed confidence that the Women’s Reservation Bill will be passed in Rajya Sabha unanimously without any obstacles.
On the other hand, debating on the historic bill, Congress MP Rajneeth Ranjan stated that they want rights, adding that women don’t want to be pitied. Referring to the name of bill, Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam, the Congress MP remarked that the government should not bow down to them, but provide them equal rights and equal opportunities.
As far as reports are concerned, the Rajya Sabha will allocate seven and a half hours for the bill’s discussion and it is widely expected to receive approval in the Upper House. After the bill is passed in the Rajya Sabha, it will require the approval of the majority of state assemblies. Notably, the implementation of the historic bill will occur following a delimitation exercise based on census data completion. Reportedly, this is the seventh attempt to pass the Women’s Reservation Bill in the Rajya Sabha.
Women Reservation Bill: Here’s a look at 20 states with 50% quota for women in panchayats, municipalities
At present, there are 15 lakh elected women representatives in panchayats and municipalities across the country.
Taking a significant step ahead, the Women’s Reservation Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha during the special session of the Parliament on Tuesday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the Opposition to unanimously pass the bill, Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam. The Women’s Reservation bill was stuck for almost three decades.
While the Women’s Reservation Bill that seeks to provide a 33 per cent quota for women in Lok Sabha and state assemblies remained stuck, around 20 states witnessed 50% reservations for women in local government bodies. As far as reports are concerned, at present, there are 15 lakh elected women representatives in panchayats and municipalities across the country.
States like Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura, Uttarakhand and West Bengal have made provisions for 50% reservation of women in Panchayati Raj Institutions in their respective State Panchayati Raj Acts.
Evidently, the move for reservation for women in local bodies dates back to 1992 and 1993, when the then prime minister P.V. Narasimha Rao reintroduced the Constitution Amendment Bills 72 and 73, which reserved one third (33%) of all seats and chairperson posts for women in rural and urban local bodies. The Bills were passed by both the houses. Earlier, in May 1989, former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi introduced the Constitution Amendment Bill to provide one-third reservation for women in rural and urban local bodies. The Bill was passed in Lok Sabha but failed to get passed in Rajya Sabha in September 1989.
Echoing the contribution of the aforesaid leaders in Women’s Reservation, several Congress leaders including Sonia Gandhi, KC Venugopal took the credit of the bill. However, though the Women’s Reservation Bill is introduced in the Lok Sabha, the legislation will come into effect after the next delimitation exercise, which might be carried out after 2026. At present, only 14% of the members in the Indian Parliament are women.
Furthermore, it is to be noted that in 1988, the National Perspective Plan for Women recommended the provision of reservation for women at various political levels, from Panchayati Raj institutions to Parliament.
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury holds Constitution of India in hand as Congress MPs enter new Parliament building | Watch
Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury emphasized the importance of the old Parliament building.
Leader of Opposition in the Parliament Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury held the Constitution of India in hand as Congress MPs including Rahul Gandhi, Gaurav Gogoi entered into the new Parliament building, designated as Parliament House of India. Following the programme at Central Hall on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with other MPs moved towards the new Parliament building.
Earlier, addressing at the Central Hall, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury emphasized the importance of the old Parliament building. He expressed that he feels elevated and elated for standing in the podium that has witnessed a caravan of historical episodes and events in the midst of the galaxy of luminaries who had racked up their brains and burned the midnight oil to frame the Constitution of India.
In addition, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury also questioned the timeframe that the Centre has set for the nation to turn into a developed nation. He asked why India cannot become a developed country before 2047. He also called for sustainable solutions and measures to resolve the nation’s issues.
Meanwhile, Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge recalled Nehru’s ‘Tryst with Destiny’ speech, and thanked the Prime Minister for remembering it during his opening speech on Monday. Speaking at the Central Hall, the Congress President said working together is the only way to build the country. He also remembered the contributions made by Rajendra Prasad, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhai Patel, BR Ambedkar, GV Malvankar, and Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan among others.
The parliamentary proceeding will now shift from the old building to the state-of-the-art new facility. Notably, the historic shift takes place on the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. On the first day of the Parliament Special Session, all members of the Parliament gathered at the old Parliament building to recall their experiences there. PM Modi also paid tribute to every brick of the old Parliament building, mentioning that it would inspire the coming generations.