Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday afternoon is likely to speak on the goods and services tax bill in the Lok Sabha, which is to vote on the bill passed by the Rajya Sabha to pave the way for the roll out of India’s biggest tax reform.
The speech will be the PM’s first address to the House this year. Modi, who completed two years in office in May, has spoken in the Lok Sabha nine times and thrice in the Rajya Sabha.
On some occasions, Modi took on the Opposition, on others, he talked consensus. Violence against women and minorities and ties with Pakistan were also addressed by him. He has also snubbed the hot-heads in the party and the government for fanning communal trouble.
But, two issues have been a constant: The Dalits and the poor.
A look at some of his Lok Sabha speeches:
June 6, 2014: A first-time MP, Modi addressed the Lok Sabha 10 days after he took oath as the Prime Minister. The House had unanimously elected Sumitra Mahajan the Speaker. Modi while congratulating Mahajan, urged the members to shun some “traditions” such as disruptions and make a new start. With 315 members making their debut, Modi said the House almost felt like the first Lok Sabha.
June 12, 2014: Replying to the motion of thanks on the president’s address to Parliament, Modi said, “Poor people have the first right over this country.” Condemning rape and violence against women, he said, “I want to appeal to all people that please stop psychological analysis in incidents of rape.”
December 5, 2014: As a storm raged over minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti’s “Ramzaade vs Haramzaade” comments, Modi told the Lok Sabha he disapproved of the remarks, which were made during an election rally in Delhi. “I have told her not to use such language and I strongly disapprove use of such language,” he said. A day earlier he had addressed the Rajya Sabha on the same issue.
December 19, 2014: Two weeks later, Modi spoke in the Lok Sabha again. A Pakistani court had given bail to 26/11 mastermind and Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and the opposition wanted a statement from the PM. “We have conveyed our message in strong words. After so many children were killed by terrorists in Pakistan, such an incident (granting bail) shocks humanists all over the world,” Modi said, referring to the Pakistan Taliban massacring 132 children in a Peshawar school.
March1, 2015: Replying to the motion of thanks on the president’s address, Modi talked about violence against Muslims and said, “No one has the right to take the law into his own hands, discriminate on the basis of community.”
November 27, 2015: Commemorating the Constitution Day, Modi highlighted the contribution of BR Ambedkar. “Babasaheb witnessed so much yet there was no bitterness in him and it did not reflect in the Constitution,” Modi said, describing the Constitution as a social document. He also tried to reach out to the Opposition, which had been making its numeric strength in the Rajya Sabha count, saying consensus was the greatest strength of a democracy.