Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his reply on Thursday to the motion of thanks on President Kovind's address in the Lok Sabha launched a scathing attack at the Opposition who criticize the nation in their condemnation of the efforts of the NDA government.
"There has been criticism, there were baseless claims. But I think, since this is an election year, people are compelled to say something. One can criticize Modi. criticize the policies - these are important in the democracy - but I have while criticizing Modi and BJP, people end up criticizing the country. We should not talk anything critical against the country. There are a lot of things, that is why their leaders go to London and do press conferences to show India in a bad light," PM Modi said in his address in Lok Sabha.
Further, PM Modi took a jibe at senior Congress leader Malliarjun Kharge's remarks wherein he said that in his address President Kovind resonated the words of Prime Minister which he made in the lower house of Parliament and outside over the last five years. Hitting out at the Congress leader, PM Modi said:
"Today Kharge was saying that whatever Modiji talks outside the Parliament, President also spoke about the same in the Parliament. This means it has been proved that the people who tell the truth say the same statements. The ones who speak the truth will say the same things outside also and inside also. I am thankful to you(Kharge) that you registered this thing that we tell the truth - in public meetings, Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha - Prime Minister tells the truth and President also tells the truth. You have lied so much that you have lost the habit to hear the truth," PM Modi added.
The Lok Sabha on Thursday took up the motion of thanks on President Ram Nath Kovind's address to the joint session of Parliament on the first day of the Budget Session which took place on January 31.
Presenting a virtual report card of the Modi government's tenure, President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday highlighted its various development works and commitment to social justice in his Parliamentary address, as he asserted the Modi government has worked to build a "New India" after assuming power in 2014 when the nation was passing through "uncertain times".