Latest Updates: "During Gujarat elections, I could see that everywhere Congress used Sardar Patel's name. I was actually happy that we got to see the day when the Congress party actually valued him, Modi said as BJP members chuckled. But after the elections, in none of the programs, you mentioned or used Patel's or Dr. Ambedkar's name. When you accuse us for something, when you point one finger at us, remember that four fingers are pointing at you too," Modi said. He also asked the Opposition why it took them so long to honour Patel and Ambedkar with a Bharat Ratna.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses Lok Sabha on Wednesday. Twitter/@BJP4India
Reacting to the President's address, Congress leader Anand Sharma said that the address was the most dry speech by a president since Independence. "Devoid of prose or comment on concrete achievements, the President's address was only making new promises," Sharma said.
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi has reacted to the speech made by Prime Minister Narendra Moid. She said: "PM said nothing new, he is repeating old things, people are interested about their jobs , they want to know about their future."
Rahul Gandhi said country asking PM questions on Rafale deal, farmers and jobs, he needs to answer them in Parl and not make allegations instead. Rahul called the prime minister's speech as "political."
Reacting to Modi's speech, Union minister Babul Supriyo said, "The two hours speech was historic.The data he had was a black and white data to show what the Congress has done. It is appalling that the Congress continued to shout and create ruckus in the Parliament. This happened when the prime minister was giving a vote of thanks to the president's speech."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has completed his speech in the Lok Sabha, where he took potshots at the Congress party, while enumerating the achievements of his government.
A combative Prime Minister Narendra Modi has blamed the Congress for "forcing" Partition on India and decades later in Telangana, saying future generations are bearing the brunt of the “political decision”.
The prime minister is delivering his reply to the debate on the motion of thanks to the President's address in the lower house, even as TDP and Congress MPs continue to raise slogans against him and the BJP. Modi is also scheduled to speak in the Rajya Sabha later.
Modi also raked up a 1982 incident when then Congress leader Rajiv Gandhi allegedly insulted Dalit Andhra CM Tantuguri Anjaiah in front of supporters. The PM said that if Sardar Patel were leading India in 1947, “Kashmir wouldn’t be divided today”.
Amid din by Opposition, Modi says if Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was India's leader in 1947, the country would have never been divided. Opposition has been continuously raising slogans in Lok Sabha. Modi is replying to the debate on the motion of thanks to the president's address in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, BJP sources said on Tuesday.
As TDP and Congress MPs protest and raise slogans for a special package for Andhra Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says it was the Grand Old Party’s decision to divide the state into Telangana and Andhra which led to chaos. Going back in history, Modi also attacks the Congress over the Partition of India, saying the country is still suffering because of it.
The discussion started on Monday and the motion is likely to be adopted by the House, where the ruling NDA has a big majority, on Wednesday, following the prime minister's reply.
The BJP has issued a whip asking its members to be present in the House on Wednesday and the day after. The government may introduce some important bill on Thursday, sources said.
In his reply, Modi is expected to respond to the opposition attack on his government over a host of issues, including alleged tardy employment generation, the state of economy, agriculture and foreign affairs, among others, and will list its achievements.
BJP members in their speech have hailed the government for its work in curbing black money, strengthening economy and boosting agriculture, claims refuted by opposition lawmakers in their address.
The debate on the motion of thanks to President Ram Nath Kovind's address to the joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament on the opening day of the Budget Session began on Tuesday. It was initiated by the BJP's chief whip Rakesh Singh.
With inputs from PTI
Updated Date: Feb 09, 2018 12:43 PM