Terming Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech in the Lok Sabha as “arrogant”, the Congress on Tuesday said he lost a “good” opportunity to present his vision and what he and his party stood for.
“This was quite an arrogant reply. This was the last opportunity for him. Because the next budget and the President’s address will be before the next Lok Sabha election.
“He should have used this window of opportunity to present his vision, clarity and also perspective for the country. Perhaps he has lost his life’s opportunity or the NDA has lost this good opportunity to present what they stand for,” Congress leader Veerappa Moily told reporters outside Parliament.
Answering criticism over demonetisation, Modi asserted in the Lok Sabha that the timing for the decision was perfect as the economy was doing well and hit out at the Congress whose record he questioned with regard to various issues.
Replying to a debate on the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address which was adopted by the House later amid a walkout by the Congress, Modi addressed point-by-point the issues raised by the Opposition, including surgical strikes and allocations for MNREGA, agriculture sector and for the Scheduled Castes.
Another Congress leader, Shashi Tharoor, said that just by giving a good speech, good days do not come as for that there was a need to do some work.
“By giving a accha bhashan (good speech), acche din (good days) do not come. To bring good days, there is a need for work as well. We have just heard his speech.
“... on this demonetisation, we are again getting an opportunity to speak. Because the Ordinance which the government had promulgated, they have now brought a Bill. We will answer on this,” Tharoor said.