Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a scathing attack against Congress in his speech on the motion of thanks to the President's address on Wednesday. As Prime Minister Narendra Modi rose to speak the opposition raised loud slogans in Lok Sabha.
PM Modi said, " Several members of Parliament expressed their thoughts on various subjects. The address by the Honourable President does not belong to any party. It is about the aspirations of every Indian."
"When we speak about creating new states, we remember the manner in which Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ji created Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. He showed how farsighted decision making is done."
"I see that whenever we are criticised by select Opposition parties, substance is lacking. They go back to saying- when we were in power.... This is the same party that divided India."
In a scathing attack against Congress, PM Modi asked, "How can one of the leaders say India got a democracy due to Pandit Nehru and the Congress Party? Is this their reading of India's history? What arrogance is this?."
"India did not get democracy due to Pandit Nehru, as Congress wants us to believe. Please look at our rich history. There are many examples of rich democratic traditions that date back centuries ago. Democracy is integral to this nation and is in our culture," he said.
PM Modi also questioned Congress' commitment to democracy. He asked, "How did the Congress act in Kerala, how did they treat the Akali Dal in Punjab, how did they behave in Tamil Nadu? Why did Congress dismiss so many state governments at their will? This is no commitment to democracy."
He recalled that the Congress insulted Shri Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, a proud son of Andhra Pradesh, saying nobody in India needs lessons on democracy from the Congress Party.
Further, he mocked at the elevation of Rahul Gandhi to Congress party's top position. PM Modi said, "In December, did we witness an 'election' or coronation for the post of Congress President? One youngster raised his voice about this as well."
The discussion on the motion started on Tuesday and the motion is likely to be adopted by the House, where the ruling NDA has a big majority, following the prime minister's reply. as The BJP has issued a whip asking its members to be present in the House today and the day after.