(From Press Trust of India)
With the monsoon session being a washout, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday directed lawmakers of the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to fan across the country to “expose” the Congress whose disruption of Parliament he equated with Emergency when the party wanted power to be concentrated in one family.
“We accept this undemocratic challenge by the Congress and will take it to the people. Our people will go to every nook and corner to expose the Congress, which is trying to stop the growth of the country.
“Congress party wants to save the family, while BJP wants to save the country as it is our principle,” he said addressing a meeting of the NDA Parliamentary Party.
The Prime Minister asked NDA MPs and Ministers to hold protests across the country, especially targeting constituencies represented by Congress and Left MPs, during a month-long campaign.
In his 25-minute speech, Modi reaffirmed his government’s commitment to the welfare of the poor and deprived sections, and said Congress was “rattled” by rapid development taking place.
He asserted the opposition party’s attempt to stall the initiatives will not be allowed.
The Prime Minister said the government was trying to resolve all pending disputes one after the other and highlighted the Naga peace accord and the land boundary pact with Bangladesh.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy said the Prime Minister recalled his days as a political worker during the JP Movement when Emergency was imposed in an attempt to concentrate power with one family, and said the current situation was akin to that.
The NDA Parliamentary Party passed a resolution against the “deliberate and forcible” disruption of the monsoon session by Congress and called upon the people to see through “patently undemocratic” behaviour of the Congress.
Later, the NDA lawmakers took out a ‘Save Democracy March’ from Vijay Chowk to Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in the Parliament complex.
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