Prime Minister Narendra Modi slammed Congress, saying that the opposition party never gets a bad name. He said the Congress is like ‘mrityu (death)’ as it remains untouched by criticism.
In his response to the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address in the Rajya Sabha, Modi said, “ I feel Congress is also blessed(like death).. Media always say “attack on opposition”, they never said “attack on Congress”. Like death, Congress never gets a bad name.”
“However, when the ruling establishment criticises parties like Janata Dal(United) or Bahujan Samajwadi Party, the media says “JD(U) is under attack or BSP is under attack,” Modi added.
“There is a funny thing about death, it is a blessing.. it’s above criticism..no one blames death. People blame the reasons – he died of old age, someone died of cancer… The cancer or old age is blamed but not the death,” Modi said.
Appealing to the opposition parties to pass the pending bills, PM said co-ordination between both the upper and lower house of Parliament was a must since many bills are pending and are needed to be passed. “The nation has been waiting for us to pass many bills,” he said.
Modi also rebutted the criticism of Congress leaders of his government’s cleanliness policies. He said, “ Cleanliness is becoming a mass movement. For the first time Parliament debated on it. The government may be criticised but (at least the) issue is being discussed.”
“Cleanliness helps the poor the most,” he said, adding that the poor are force to spend money on medicines due to lack of cleanliness. He also said he is not an economist like former PM Manmohan Singh. “I am not an economist like Manmohan Singh, that’s why I am not that knowledgeable. But I know some things. We should aim to double the income of farmers by 2022.”