Taking a swipe at the opposition alliance against his party, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Parliament that the people of the country did not want a “Mahamilavat” (highly adulterated) government of leaders who assembled at a rally in Kolkata and hence the opposition alliance won’t be successful in the 2019 polls.
“People have seen the work a government with an absolute majority can do and they have seen the work of this government,” Modi said.
Hailing his government, Modi while thanking President Ram Nath Kovind for his address — in which he praised the central government for its policies — said that the NDA government at the Centre is “known for honesty, transparency, empathy for poor” and for prioritising national interest while ensuring fast-paced development of the country.
“Maximum job growth has been in the transport sector. More than 1.8 crore people have been enrolled under the Employees Provident Fund between September 2017 and November 2018 over a span of just 15 months, out of which 64% are below 28 years of age. More than 1.20 crore people have been registered under the National Pension System as of last October compared to 65 lakh people registered in March 2014. Has this happened without new jobs?” the PM asked.
He said: “Every work has to be seen comparatively. Four and a half years back what used to happen and what is the situation today. The way the country progressed from being an economy on 10th to 11th position to today as the 6th biggest economy. I fail to understand if being on the 11th position was a matter of pride, then why are they feeling bad for our economy being on the sixth position now.”
The PM compared 55 years of Congress rule with his 55 months in power, saying his government had worked at greater speed in that period. “In your 55 years, sanitation coverage was around 38% and in our 55 months it is nearly 98%. Gas connections in your 55 years was 12 crore, it is 13 crore in 55 months,” Modi said.
Modi then targeted the Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge by saying, “Today Congress leader Khargeji was saying that what Modiji says in the public, the President repeated the same inside the Parliament. This proves that we are saying the truth as who says truth would say the same inside or outside the Parliament. I am grateful to him for registering the fact that we speak the truth everywhere. It is their problem that they have lost the habit of hearing the truth.”
“I don’t understand why a ‘decent’ person always ‘dissents’,” Modi remarked referring to Kharge’s latest dissent against the removal of Alok Verma as CBI chief.
“The Opposition can’t digest that a poor man took over the power corridors of Delhi,” Modi remarked.
He also called on the younger generation to take part in the election process and acknowledged their contribution to national development.
“The generation of the 21st century which is going to become the first time voter must be welcomed as they are going to become a part of policy formation and the country’s development,” the prime minister said.