NEW DELHI/KANPUR: The Opposition keeps their political interests above that of the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today, alleging the Opposition keeps obstructing the government’s development work. Proceedings in both Houses of Parliament have been stalled ever since the Monsoon session began last week due to protests by the Opposition, demanding a discussion on price rise.
“Many times, the opposition parties put some obstacles in the government’s work as they could not implement the decisions taken by them when they were in power,” PM said addressing virtually a programme on the 10th death anniversary of former Samajwadi Party Rajya Sabha member Harmohan Singh Yadav. Modi said that the Opposition questions the government every time they take a decision. “Now, if they (decisions) are implemented, they oppose it. People of the country don’t like it,” he said. The Prime Minister said that in recent time, a trend of keeping “ideology or political interests above the interests of society and the country” is being witnessed.
Earlier today, four Congress MPs were suspended from the Lok Sabha for the entire monsoon session ending August 12 for holding protests with placards inside the house over price rise. Speaker Om Birla had earlier warned them to behave and hold the placards outside the house if they wanted to protest.
The suspended MPs staged a protest at the Gandhi Statue inside the Parliament premises. Speaking to reporters along with the four suspended MPs, Congress’ Deputy Leader in Lok Sabha Opposition Keeps Their Political Interests Above Country, Says PM Modirime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday launched a scathing attack against the Opposition, saying the parties are obstructing development and keeping their political interests above that of society and the country.
PM Modi said political parties exist because of democracy and democracy exists because the country is followed by many “non-Congress” parties. “Most of the parties in our country, especially all the non-Congress parties have also followed this idea, following the ideal of cooperation and coordination for the country,” he said. He recalled the phase of Emergency imposed in India and said, “When the country’s democracy was crushed during the Emergency, all the major parties, we all came together and fought to save the Constitution.”
“It is the responsibility of every political party that the Opposition should not turn against the country,” he said, adding ideologies have their place and there should be political ambitions. “But country is first, society is first, nation is first,” he said.
(Bureau Report with media inputs).