PM Modi appeals for passage of pending bills; says Cong is like death, never gets blamed for anything

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday replied to the motion of thanks in Rajya Sabha and launched a scathing attack on Congress, saying the party is like a death, which never gets blamed for anything.


Addressing Rajya Sabha, Modi said, “There is a funny thing about ‘death’, no one blames death. They blame the reason why people die. Sometimes I feel Congress has a boon like that. When we criticise the Congress, it is reported as – criticism on Opposition, not criticism on Congress. Congress never gets a bad name.”
Stating that Congress is looking at their work with microscope, he said, “It would have been better if they had worked with binocular when they were in power.”
Modi also appealed opposition parties for the passage of all pending bills. “Nation is waiting for us to pass many Bills. This is a Chamber of Ideas and it must guide the nation. Coordination between both Houses is essential,” he said
“Let us pass those bills passed in the Lok Sabha as soon as possible and give impetus to India’s progress,” Modi added.
Towards the end, Modi also emphasised on doubling income of farmers by 2022 saying, “We have focussed on policy-driven governance and given an importance to transparency.”
Earlier in the day, a united opposition in Rajya Sabha slammed the Government for allowing Indian Army to be used for a private event of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living foundation, saying the event itself on the ecologically fragile flood plains of Yamuna was an environmental disaster.
Government sprung to the defence of the ‘Art of Living’ guru saying his intentions cannot be doubted as he was committed to protecting environment. The event is being organised with all permissions, it claimed adding that the issue cannot be raised in the House as it was being heard by the National Green Tribunal (NGT).
15:01 PM
PM Narendra Modi recites “Safar Mein Dhoop To Hogi” by Nida Fazli in Rajya Sabha.

14:51 PM
PM Modi emphasises on doubling agriculture income & value addition, more productivity in agriculture.

14:47 PM
We should aim to double the income of farmers by 2022: Modi

14:42 PM
The biggest beneficiaries of MUDRA bank are SC/ST, OBC communities and women.

14:40 PM
Government is ensuring that benefit of subsidy goes only to those deserving, it is not issue of saving money: PM Modi

14:38 PM
Last time 169 starred questions, but only 7 got chance. We have lost 42 hours due to disruptions in House.

14:31 PM

I am grateful to Gulam Nabi Azad, he brought a record of people who did not have accounts under Jan Dhan Yojna.

Congress is looking at our work with microscope. It would have been better if they had worked with binocular when in power.

Effective or last mile delivery is what we are working on.

14:27 PM
Decentralisation is the third aspect of good governance.

14:24 PM
We have focussed on policy-driven governance and given an importance to transparency.

14:24 PM

For several years our various projects are pending. Maybe because of different reasons. It could be financial or environmental norms. Last month I myself reviewed at least 300 projects.

We are focussing on accountability. I am reviewing infra projects & am seeing projects are stalled for decades.

14:21 PM

In peak summer, we in Gujarat would to go to the villages & campaign for girl child education. We need to worry about lack of education facilities and overcome the challenges in this sphere.

This is the Upper House. There are stalwarts in this House & what happens here influences other assemblies as well.

14:16 PM
PM Modi on pending Bills

Nation is waiting for us to pass many Bills.

This is a Chamber of Ideas and it must guide the nation. Coordination between both Houses is essential.

Let us pass those bills passed in the Lok Sabha as soon as possible and give impetus to India’s progress.

We need to shift from incremental improvements to a quantum jump and that is what we are trying.

14:10 PM
Congress never gets a bad name: PM Modi

There is a funny thing about ‘death’, no one blames death. they blame the reason why people die.

When someone dies of Cancer, the blame is put on Cancer and not the death.

Sometimes I feel Congress has a boon like that. It is always said ‘attack on opposition’, never said ‘attack on Congress’.

When we criticise the Congress, it is reported as – criticism on Opposition, not criticism on Congress. Congress never gets a bad name.

14:07 PM
Close to 72 working hours were lost in last session of the parliament.

14:04 PM
Yesterday the Lok Sabha was functioning till late night. Even after that everyone was happy with the work that happened.

14:03 PM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi responding to the Motion of Thanks to the President for his address in Rajya Sabha.

11:52 AM
Ministry of Water Resources informs NGT it has not granted permission for ‘World Cultural Festival’ scheduled from March 11 to 13.

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11:47 AM
If a matter is pending with Tribunal, ordinarily chair doesn’t allow issue to be raised here: Arun Jaitley in RS

11:32 AM
MA Naqvi in Rajya Sabha on Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s event

NGT is hearing the matter as we discuss the issue here.

Event is being held adhering to all rules and laws.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is committed towards protecting the environment.

It would be wrong to doubt his commitment towards nature.

11:30 AM

Uproar in Rajya Sabha over Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s event on the banks of the Yamuna.

Sitamram Yechury asks “How can Indian Army assist in this”