'If we worked as per the old ways, Ram Janmabhoomi issue would have remained unsolved," PM Modi told the Lok Sabha. (Photo Credit: ANI/Twitter)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi invoked Mahatma Gandhi and Hindi literature giant Sarveshwar Dayal Saxena in his reply to debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President's address in Lok Sabha on Thursday. After the Lok Sabha speech, the Prime Minister is scheduled to address the Rajya Sabha at 5 pm later in the day. Days after the sharp showdown between the Congress and the BJP over Anant Kumar Hegde’s alleged remarks against the Father of the Nation, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury tried to corner the Prime Minister with ‘Mahatma Gandhi ki Jai’ chants. Chowdhury taunted PM Modi and said that this was ‘just a trailer’. In a witty comeback, PM Modi said that, “Gandhi ji may be trailer for you, but he is life for us.”
Invoking Hindi literature giant Sarveshwar Dayal Saxena, PM Modi said that the BJP took its own unbeaten path instead of what was going on for 70 years. “Leek par wo chalein jinke charan durbal aur haare hain, humein toh jo hamari yatra se bane, aise anirmit panth pyare hain,” PM Modi recited Sarveshwar Dayal Saxena’s popular creation to highlight his governance. “The people of India have not only changed the Sarkar. They want the Sarokar to be changed as well. If we had worked according to the old ways and thought processes: Article 370 would never have been history. Muslim women would have kept suffering due to Triple Talaq,” PM Modi said.
“If we worked as per the old ways: Ram Janmabhoomi issue would have remained unsolved. Kartarpur Sahib corridor would not be a reality. There would be no India-Bangladesh land agreement,” PM Modi added. “It is due to the speed of this Government that in the last five years: 37 crore people got bank accounts. 11 crore people got toilets in their homes. 13 crore people got gas connections. 2 crore people got their own homes,” the Prime Minister said to highlight the speed of the decision-making of his government.
Amid the tension over the economic slowdown and lukewarm response to the Union Budget, PM Modi said, “Our vision is: Greater investment. Better infrastructure. Increased value addition. Maximum job creation.”
“We have kept the fiscal deficit in check. Price rise is also under check and there is macro-economic stability. Investor confidence should increase, the country's economy should be strengthened, for this we have also taken several steps,” the Prime Minister said to showcase his government’s policies on reviving the Indian economy.