New Delhi, March 3: Blaming the opposition for failing to cooperate with the government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the Rajya Sabha members should reflect the feeling of the elected government of their state, not just of their party.
Responding to the discussion in the Rajya Sabha on the motion of thanks to President Pranab Mukherjee for his address to the joint session of both houses of parliament, Modi said: "This is the council of states. Many members, when they were elected, the mood of the people was different and now it has changed.
"Political situation has changed and so has mandate," he said.
The Prime Minister took on the opposition over its claims that most schemes being run by the NDA government were re-packaged.
"It has been said that the schemes are old. There is nothing new. Whether the schemes are new or old is not the issue. The issue is that the problems are old. We should look for solutions to these problems."
Highlight of the PM's speech:
- More than the party we belong to, it is more important to represent the state in the Rajya Sabha," the PM said.
- This house must respect the mandate of people, and the expectation with which the people have elected a government," he said.
- In a democracy, threats cannot work. I had faced many threats during my term as the Gujarat CM.
- "Governments do not run this country, it is the people of India who do," said PM.
- "Every government, every PM has contributed to taking this country forward," he said.
- The PM said that the UPA government had also adopted many NDA government policies of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led government and renamed them.
- Railways and Highways, both are under the government, but one did not approve project of the other. We have changed that.
- Jan Dhan Yojana opened bank accounts for the poor, is this for the corporates?
- Is Swachhata Abhiyaan for corporates?
- If we have to create jobs, we will have to promote the idea of Make in India," the Prime MInister said.
- "In 2004, UPA had removed the cabinet secretary soon after taking over. They had also removed the foreign secretary and the defence secretary. We have not insulted bureaucrats and officers like you did. You even removed and humiliated governors when you came to power," Modi said.
- The BJP-PDP government in Jammu and Kashmir has been formed on the basis Common Minimum Program.
- "We are committed to bringing back black money. If the SIT on black money had been set up during the UPA regime, illegal transactions would have stopped by now."