On Friday, the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi took it on the “One family,” blaming them for the continued disruptions experienced in parliament.
PM accused the Congress President and the son, Gandhi Rahul, for deciding to disrupt parliament as a way of avenging the 2014 defeat in the Lok Sabha elections.
In the 2014 general elections, the BJP won with a huge majority. Their promise was development, but in the period that has passed, the parliament has not managed to transact business as protests from opposition parties’ increase.
Modi slammed the opposition while addressing a gathering; the tea garden workers. He said that the “one family” was participating in “negative politics” since there are some other leaders apart from the Congress who would want to see the parliament carry on with its tasks, even if they do not agree with his policies.
Modi stated that the election losers had reduced from 400 to 40 and are so determined to see not work. They have put up obstacles so as to meet their goals. His statements were clearly referring to the Congress.
At the public meeting, Modi said “They are now taking revenge from people and the poor workers just because they voted the Congress to power.”
The public rally was virtually seen as an election rally.
The remarks come at a time when there is a lot of pressure on the government and parliament to perform. Several reform measures, such as GST remain pending. The government hopes to push them through in the forthcoming Budget period, which will be on 23rd February this year.
Modi added that most leaders, including some in the opposition, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), may not be willing to work with him but they want to see the parliament go on with its usual duties. He added that there is one “rigid” family that is no ready to “allow the Rajya sabha” to function.
The parliament in any country is important. It is through it that national policies are set. The nation’s development agenda will not be able to go forward if it is paralyzed.
Even though the PM didn’t make a direct utterance of the name “family,” his reference to the Gandhi family was clearly seen.
There are a number of bills that are still pending. Some of them include bill touching on bonus to workers as well as river transport on Brahmaputra.
Modi mentioned that the country would not benefit from the kind of negative politics being exhibited.
He also took this opportunity to comment on the “Assamese pride” issue. The crowd was also asked to give the BJP an opportunity to put a government in the state. The tea garden workers form a majority of the voters in Assam.
The PM was critical on how the Congress govt of Assam attacks the Center regularly despite making money from the institution.
The importance of the Parliament cannot be under-estimated. For instance, if the bill on National Waterways had gone through the parliament successfully, Assam would have become beneficial. The Brahmaputra residents would have had a cheap transport means.