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For decades, one party devoted all their energies to serving one family- PM Modi attacks Congress
India did not get democracy due to Pandit Nehru alone, as Congress wants us to believe: PM Modi
The NDA Government has changed the work culture in the nation. Projects are now executed in a timely manner: PM Modi
Our Government is giving wings to the aspirations of India's youth and middle class: PM Modi
Government's efforts to eliminate corruption & black money are hurting a select group of people, says PM Modi
The workings of previous government and nobody else are 100% responsible for the NPA mess: PM

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today replied to the debate on the motion of thanks on the President’s address, in the Lok Sabha.

He said several Members of Parliament had expressed their thoughts on various subjects, and added that the address by the Honourable President does not belong to any party, but is about the aspirations of every Indian.

When we speak about creating new states, we remember the manner in which Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji created Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, the Prime Minister said, adding that Vajpayee ji had showed how farsighted decision making is done.

Shri Narendra Modi asserted that whenever the Government is criticised by select Opposition parties, substance is lacking. He said that they go back to recalling the time when they were in power. This is the same party that divided India, he added.

He said that for decades, one party devoted all their energies to serving one family. The interests of the nation were overlooked just for the interests of one family, he added. How can one of the leaders say India got democracy due to Pandit Nehru and the Congress Party, he asked. Is this their reading of India's history, what arrogance is this, he added.

The Prime Minister said that India did not get democracy due to Pandit Nehru, as Congress wants us to believe. Exhorting Members to look at our rich history, he said that there are many examples of rich democratic traditions that date back centuries ago. Democracy is integral to this nation and is in our culture, he asserted.

The Prime Minister recalled that once when Shri Rajiv Gandhi had landed in Hyderabad, he misbehaved with a Congress leader Mr. T Anjaiah, humiliating a big leader, who did not belong to a privileged background.

How did the Congress act in Kerala, how did they treat the Akali Dal in Punjab, how did they behave in Tamil Nadu, the Prime Minister asked. Why did Congress dismiss so many state governments at will, he asked, adding that this does not indicate their commitment to democracy.

We cannot forget how the Congress insulted Shri Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, a proud son of Andhra Pradesh, the Prime Minister said. They humiliated him, he asserted. Nobody in India needs lessons on democracy from the Congress Party, he said.

In December, did we witness an 'election' or coronation for the post of Congress President, the Prime Minister asked. He noted that one youngster had raised his voice about this as well.

The Prime Minister said that the NDA Government has changed the work culture in the nation. Projects are not only thought about well but also executed in a timely manner, he said. He asserted that the NDA government is building more roads than the previous one. We have given a strong boost to the infrastructure sector across the nation, he added.

The Prime Minister gave examples of the Bidar-Kalburgi rail line in Karnataka, and the Barmer Refinery in Rajasthan, to explain how BJP Governments at the Centre and the State serve the nation and care for 125 crore Indians.

The Prime Minister said that he sees energy and enthusiasm in our youth. They want to do something on their own, they want to launch their own start-ups, he said, adding that the Government is giving wings to the aspirations of India's middle class. He said the Union Government had prepared an aviation policy that focuses on smaller cities and towns, so that more Indians can fly.

The Prime Minister said that when the Government took office in 2014, the chorus from the opposition was that the UIDAI will be scrapped. He said that when Aadhaar was made more effective in terms of enabling better and effective service delivery, suddenly the opposition began opposing Aadhaar. When the corrupt and middlemen are out of work, obviously the Congress will be unhappy, he said.

Shri Narendra Modi said that India's middle class desires good education facilities, affordable housing, good infrastructure. They want 'Ease of Living' which we are committed to providing, he added.

The Prime Minister said that he is aware that the Government's efforts to eliminate corruption and black money are hurting a select group of people. Today, people who served as Chief Ministers are in jail, he said, adding that however powerful one was, if one has been corrupt, that person will be punished. We are in an era of honesty, he asserted.

The Prime Minister said that the workings of the previous Government are responsible for the NPA mess. The banking policies of the previous Governments were not proper, he said.

The Prime Minister said that the nation's army was fighting in Doklam but leaders of one party preferred to meet Chinese officials. The same party questions the army on surgical strikes, he added.

The Prime Minister asserted that a new India has to be created, and exhorted the Members to work together to fulfil the dreams of the people.

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I am a sevak, have come here to give account of BJP's achievements before people of Jharkhand, says PM Modi in Dumka
Opposition built palaces for themselves and their families when in power; they are not worried about people’s troubles: PM Modi in Jharkhand
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The campaigning in Jharkhand has gained momentum as Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi addressed a mega rally in Dumka today. Accusing Congress and the JMM, PM Modi said, “They do not have any roadmap for development of Jharkhand, nor do they have done anything in the past. But we understand your problems and work towards solving them.”

Hitting out at the opposition parties, he said, “The ones whom people of Jharkhand had trusted just worked for their own good. Those people had to be punished by you, but they are still not reformed. They have just been filling their treasury.”

Talking about the Citizenship Amendment Act, PM Modi said that to give respect to the minority communities from Pakistan, Afghanistan, & Bangladesh, who fled to India & were forced to live as refugees, both houses of parliament passed the Citizenship Amendment bill. “Congress and their allies are creating a ruckus. They are doing arson because they did not get their way. Those who are creating violence can be identified by their clothes itself. The work that has been done on Pakistan's money is now being done by Congress,” he said.

The Prime Minister outlined the progress and development successes of the Jharkhand. He said, “Before 2014, the Chief Minister of the state used to claim the construction of 30-35 thousand houses and described it as their achievement. But now we are moving forward with the resolve that every poor person in the country should have their own house.”

Addressing a poll meeting in Dumka, PM Modi said, "The BJP governments at the Centre and the state would continue to protect Jharkhand's 'jal', 'jungle' and 'jameen', no matter what the opposition parties say."

“In Jharkhand, the institutes of higher education, engineering and medical studies like IIT, AIIMS were opened, this is also done by BJP,” asserted PM Modi in Jharkhand's Dumka district. Also, the PM urged citizens of Jharkhand to come out and vote in large numbers.