Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday slammed the opposition for its conduct, including tearing up papers and making “derogatory” remarks on the way the bills have been passed, as he accuses them of insulting the legislature and the Constitution.
Modi’s speech at BJP parliamentary party meeting
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi briefed reporters on Modi’s speech. He said the PM had expressed his anger at the conduct of some opposition members and noted that those who tore papers and threw them around have remained unrepentant.
Moreover, Modi says that this shows the opposition’s arrogance and asked his members to maintain restraint.
What happened during bills’ passage in Parliament?
Reportedly, a TMC member in Rajya Sabha had torn the statement of IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on the Pegasus issue, and several opposition members had torn papers in Lok Sabha. They threw it in the air and towards the Chair.
A tweet by TMC leader Derek O’Brien criticizing the passage of bills in Parliament also drew Modi’s ire, Joshi and another Union minister V Muraleedharan told reporters, without naming the TMC member.
The opposition has stalled Parliament’s proceedings, demanding a discussion on the Pegasus snooping row, an issue dismissed as inconsequential by the government.
Issues discussed at BJP parliamentary party
At the meeting, the BJP parliamentary party hailed Modi over the government’s decision to provide reservations to the OBC and the EWS in the all-India quota for the medical entrance test NEET.
The prime minister also highlighted the rise in GST revenue in the month of July with a collection of 1.16 lakh crore to express confidence about the state of the economy.
Moreover, Finance Minister Nirmala Sithraman also spoke in detail about the economic conditions and asserted that the recovery had gathered pace despite the second wave. She adds that India’s foreign reserves were at an all-time high, while GST collection also rose significantly last month.
Therefore, the government’s package for the MSME sector is now at Rs 4.5 lakh crore while the banking sector has also made a recovery and posted a profit of over Rs 31,000 crore, sources quoting her said. Economic indicators have been going well, she says.