Ahmedabad: Prime Mininster Narendra Modi on Wednesday sought a discussion on holding simultaneous central and state elections in India, in a speech in the Rajya Sabha in which he continued his criticism of the Congress party and the Nehru-Gandhi family that he blamed for “dividing the country” while addressing the Lok Sabha earlier in the day.
“We want Mahatma Gandhi’s India. Even the Congress wants Gandhi’s India—the India of the Emergency, Bofors, chopper scams,” Modi said.
The Prime Minister also accused the Congress of blocking legislation in Parliament on triple talaq and for providing constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC).
“Look at what all you mocked: Swachh Bharat, Make in India, surgical strikes, Yoga Day. You are free to mock as you please, but why are you blocking the Bill for the OBC (Other Backward Classes) commission? Why are you blocking the triple talaq Bill? Are you not sensitive to the aspirations of OBCs?” Modi said. “If you feel so strongly about bringing changes to the triple talaq Bill, then you should have brought the law yourself, when you were in power for so many years.”
The Prime Minister also called on the opposition parties to form a task force to find loopholes in schemes launched by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). “We are always looking for suggestions, feedback and inputs on our schemes. After all, we are working for the nation and the poor. There might be some loopholes in our schemes. That is why I would request my friends from the Congress and other parties to constitute a task force and study the loopholes in our schemes, if any. I will pay due attention to your suggestions,” he said.
Backing the new Ayushman Bharat Programme aimed at improving the country’s health infrastructure, Modi asked the Congress to not compare schemes implemented in India with those in other nations. “You were speaking about Ayushman Bharat and gave the example of the US and Britain. There is a vast difference between them and our society… It is not mandatory that what works for some other nation works for us, and vice versa. I believe that the Congress was in power for decades and hence lost connection with the ground reality.”