Kanpur, December 19
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today lashed out at the opposition parties for disrupting Parliament proceedings during the just concluded winter session and said even behaviour of those who are elected to the municipalities is often better than the manner in which the elected MPs conducted themselves.
“Municipality mein chuney hue log bhi aisa karne sey pachas baar sochte hain (Even those elected to the municipalities rethink before the manner in which the MPs from opposition parties conducted themselves),” Modi said this while addressing a Privartar rally here.
He said the country today stands “divided between two sections” — on the one side those who are standing in support of the corrupt and black money hoarders and on the other “there is an overwhelming section who want to make any sacrifice to fight these menaces”.
“Virodhi dal beimano ko bachaney ke liye ikkathey ho rahe hain (Opposition parties are uniting to back the dishonest and corrupt),” he said in the presence of several key BJP leaders from the state including a senior party leader sitting MP from Kanpur MM Joshi.
“My Government is determined to fight these menaces,” he said adding “I know well how much powerful these people are”.
Targeting Congress, he said while he wanted debate on all issues including demonetisation because “those who ran the Government all these years found it difficult to stomach the truth”.
Referring to the Congress practice about informal management of party funds especially under the then AICC treasurer Sitaram Kesri, he recalled the oft-repeated saying in old Congress circle “Na kitab na bahi, jo chacha kahe woh sahi (Whatever Sitaram Kesri said about party funds was taken as truth). “Such was the level of accounting of party money,” he said.
Prime Minister also lamented that due to disruption by opposition leaders, the winter session of Parliament could not discuss about his (Modi’s) suggestion for simultaneous polls. The Prime Minister also targeted the Samajawadi Party Govenrment in Uttar Pradesh, saying that those in the Government were encouraging goonda elements, but winds of change were now blowing in the state and the people would no longer tolerate all this.
“These goonda elements, who had now fear of law, will try their best to create all kind of nuisance during the coming elections, but I have full confidence in the honest and good-hearted people (Nekdil log) of UP that they will foil all their designs,” Mr Modi said.
The Prime Minister once again flagged the issue of simultaneous polls of Lok Sabha and State Assemblies, saying he had wanted to debate the issue in Parliament with other political parties but because of Opposition disruption, the discussion could not take place.
Coming to demonetisation, he said the decision had taken the rich by shock, while the poor were all at peace.
After demonetisation, the rich are running from pillar to post and were pleading at the door of the poor to deposit their black money, he said.
“Now the small has become suddenly so powerful after this decision. After withdrawal of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, the Rs 100 note had become so important, and in the same way small people were today being sought by the rich like nothing else,” Mr Modi said.