Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday addressed the Parliament in a note of thanks to President Ram Nath Kovind, who addressed a joint session of both the Houses last week. PM Modi replied to the President's address and issues raised by him. PM Modi's speech set the agenda for the government in the coming months. Although the address was mere formality, PM Modi's speech was followed widely.
During his address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a scathing attack against the Congress party and said that those who were in power from 2004 to 2014 ever talk about the good work of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, they did not even talked about their own partymen like Narasimha Rao, Manmohan Singh Ji. Slamming the party for dynasty politics, PM Modi said that the Congress never thought beyond one family, even the Bharat Ratna to Pranab Mukherjee was given by our government.
On the issue of Triple Talaq Bill, PM Modi urged Congress to support the bill. "Congress missed opportunities with uniform civil code and Shah Bano case, today again there is an opportunity, we have brought a bill for women empowerment, please do not link it to religion," PM Modi said.
On Monday, speaking on the floor of the House, Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury mocked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and compared PM Modi to ‘gandi naali’. He said that the saffron party won general elections because PM Modi was a ‘very big salesman’ and the Congress couldn’t gain grounds as it could not market its products. The Prime Minister was present in the House when Chowdhury made these comments.
Chowdhury also dared the Modi government to arrest ‘thieves’ Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi in scams like 2G, Coal scam. “Did you manage to catch anybody in 2G and coal allocation scams? Did you manage to send Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi behind the bars? You came to power by calling them ‘thieves’. Then, how are they sitting in the Parliament,” he said.
Highlights of PM Modi's speech in Lok Sabha:
18.14 pm: PM Narendra Modi concludes his address in Lok Sabha.
18.10 pm: What one of the main Congress ministers during Shah bano case said in an interview recently is shocking, he said other Cong ministers remarked that it was not the job of the Congress to reform Muslims, “if they want to lie in the gutter let them be” is what they said.
18.09 pm: Congress missed opportunities with uniform civil code and Shah Bano case, today again there is an opportunity, we have brought a bill for women empowerment, please do not link it to religion: PM Modi in the Lok Sabha
18.06 pm: Our fight against corruption will continue with full honesty and earnestness, without any vindictiveness. Our job is to pursue cases fairly, to punish the guilty or granting them bail is the job of the judiciary. We follow the rule of law: PM Modi.
18.05 pm: Those who are out on bail can enjoy, says PM Modi.
18.04 pm: Some members asked- why is Person A not in jail or Person B not in jail. I want to tell them- this is not the Emergency where Governments jailed people as they felt like. These decisions are taken by the Courts. Courts will decide on jail and bail: PM Modi.
18.03 pm: When we reached 11th rank in the global economy we were so happy in 2013, then why were we perplexed when we reached 6th position? It is our country only: PM Modi.
18.03 pm: Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan, Jai Anushandhan is what we believe. We have spread so much negativity in feeling proud of India that even the world is hesitant to recognize our potential: PM Modi.
18.02 pm: Let it be our collective endeavour to make India a five trillion dollar economy: PM Modi.
18.01 pm: Agriculture is the backbone of our society. Micro-irrigation can help in encouraging water saving by farmers. We should take corporate help in providing seeds and tools to our farmers: PM Modi on farmers.
18.00 pm: Sardar Sarovar Dam was the brainchild of Sardar Patel. But, work on this dam was constantly delayed. As Chief Minister of Gujarat, I had to sit on a fast for this project. After NDA came to power, the work speed increased and it is benefiting many people
17.55 pm: Man suffers more from lack of water than from access to it, said Dr Ambedkar. Hence we have taken water shortage seriously and established a Jal Shakti ministry. I request all NGOs, government ministries should help in reducing the water shortage: PM Modi.
17.54 pm: We must take water scarcity seriously: PM Modi.
17.54 pm: Today, when we talk about water resources, I remember Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar. It was Babasaheb who worked diligently on waterways and irrigation: PM Modi.
17.53 pm: PM Modi on government decisions: Our government gave pensions to all shopkeepers over 60 years, included all farmers in the farm loan scheme, gave scholarships to all army school children. This has been done within 3 weeks of taking charge.
17.50 pm: "If we have to live the dreams of 1.25 crore Indians, we have to dream big. This government is only 3 weeks old. In such a short time we have taken bold decisions on farmers and the poor. Key decisions have been taken on welfare of securitymen who guard our country": PM Modi
17.49 pm: Its been 3 weeks that we have returned to power, a slew works have been done within three weeks: PM Modi.
17.46 pm: Brave women and men died for the nation during the freedom struggle. We have to build the India our freedom fighters dreamt of. I urge all to observe Gandhi Ji's 150th birth anniversary and 75 years of India's freedom with great enthusiasm.
17.45 pm: PM Modi on Freedom fighters: "We should not lose this opportunity to remember those who gave up their lives and youth to free our country. We should remember Gandhiji's struggles. This cannot be the agenda of a party, but is the agenda of a nation."
17.43 pm: The Honourable President spoke about: 150th Jayanti of Bapu. 75 years of India's freedom. These are landmark occasions in the history of India: PM Modi.
PM Modi in Lok Sabha: Who did it? Who did it? was being asked by some people during the debate. Today is 25th June. Who imposed the Emergency? We can't forget those dark days. pic.twitter.com/vLQLg96QD0— ANI (@ANI) June 25, 2019
17.41 pm: No one can forget the day of June 25, 1975 when the sin of trampling the democracy was committed: PM Modi.
17.40 pm: PM Modi, on Emergency anniversary, says "soul of nation was crushed on the night of June 25".
17.37 pm: India's spirit was crushed on the night of June 25, the entire country was turned into a jail: PM Narendra Modi's attack on the Emergency in the Lok Sabha.
17.35 pm: Did those in power from 2004 to 2014 ever talk about the good work of Atal JI? Did they ever speak about the good work of Narasimha Rao Ji? In this Lok Sabha debate the same people did not even speak of Manmohan Singh Ji: PM Modi.
17.34 pm: There are some people who feel only a few names contributed to national progress. They only want to hear those few names and ignore the others. We think differently, we feel each and every citizen has worked for India's progress: PM Modi.
17.32 pm: Congratulate Opposition on reaching new heights but we have always been rooted to the ground and we will strengthen the country from the roots: PM Modi
17.30 pm: It is important that the country progresses, every Indian is empowered and our nation has modern infrastructure. We believe in public welfare and modern infrastructure: PM Modi
17.28 pm: Despite facing difficulties, we did not change our vision. Neither did we divert or dilute: PM Narendra Modi
17.27 pm: After independence, we had accepted the culture unconsciously where the common man had to fight for their rights: PM Modi.
17.26 pm:Our government is working reluctantly to fulfil the aspiration of the people: PM Modi
I do not think about elections in terms of who won and who lost.
For me, what is satisfying is the opportunity to serve 130 crore Indians and do work that has made a positive difference in the lives of our citizens: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 25, 2019
17.24 pm: The 2019 Lok Sabha elections show that more than themselves, the people of India are thinking about the good of the nation. This spirit is wonderful: PM Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha
17.23 pm: I do not think about elections in terms of who won and who lost. For me, what is satisfying is the opportunity to serve 130 crore Indians and do work that has made a positive difference in the lives of our citizens: PM Modi.
17.22 pm: The people of India have elected a stable Government. The 2019 Lok Sabha elections show that more than themselves, the people of India are thinking about the good of the nation. This spirit is wonderful: PM Modi.
17.21 pm: This Lok Sabha elections have shown that more than themselves, the people of India are thinking about the betterment of the country, this spirit is commendable: PM Modi.
17.20 pm: The people have given a strong mandate after decades, they have given us more strength: PM Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha.
17.19 pm: In 2019, the people of this country judged our work on every parametre and gave their verdict: PM Modi
17.15 pm: The President in his speech highlighted the vision of new India: PM Narendra Modi replies to the Motion of Thanks on the President's Address.
17.12 pm: Want India to surge ahead globally, want to take India to new heights: PM Narendra Modi replies to the Motion of Thanks on the President's Address
17.11 pm: We have to work together to fulfill the aspiration of the countrymen.
17.09 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the Parliament in a note of thanks to President Ram Nath Kovind, who addressed a joint session of both the Houses last week.
17.06 pm: PM Modi arrives at Lok Sabha. Will address the Parliament soon.
16.56 pm: Rajya Sabha election for six vacant Tamil Nadu seats to be held on July 18.
Shri @narendramodi will reply to the 'Motion Of Thanks On the President's Address' at around 5 PM in the Lok Sabha this evening.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 25, 2019
16.30 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be adressing the Parliament at 5 pm.
16.13 pm: Mamata Banerjee trying to create West Bangladesh, says Dilip Ghosh
16.13 pm: Tejaswi Surya makes maiden speech in Lok Sabha
16.13 pm: Hema Mailini, while speaking in Lok Sabha on Motion of thanks on President speech . In her opening remarks, she remembered former speaker Sumitra Mahajan for her contribution in 16th lok sabha.
16.12 pm: External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar and Jugalji Mathurji Thakor file their nomination for Rajya Sabha, as BJP candidates, at Gujarat legislative assembly.
16.11 pm: WATCH: Mimi Chakraborty taking oath as a member of Lok Sabha
16.11 pm: WATCH: Newly married Nusrat Jahan taking oath as member of Lok Sabha
16.10 pm: TMC's winning candidate from Basirhat (West Bengal), Nusrat Jahan took oath as a member of Lok Sabha today.
16.10 pm: S Jaishankar and Jugalji Thakor reach Vidhan Sabha to file nomination for Rajya Sabha
16.08 pm: TMC's winning candidate from Jadavpur, Mimi Chakraborty, took oath as a member of Lok Sabha today.
16.08 pm: Kerala Congress MPs hold protest in front of Mahatma Gandhi statue at the Parliament over various farmer issues including farmer suicide.