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BJP attacks Congress, says 'large-hearted' PM will take Oppn along

Agencies  New Delhi, June 10, 2014
First Published: 12:12 IST(10/6/2014) | Last Updated: 18:00 IST(10/6/2014)

Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday launched a sharp attack on the Congress party as it initiated a discussion on the motion of thanks in Lok Sabha on President Pranab Mukherjee's address which spelled out the roadmap of Narendra Modi's government.

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BJP member Rajiv Pratap Rudy picked on Congress and the 10-year term of the United Progressive Alliance saying people have punished them for the "misrule".

"This country trusts BJP and Modi. We are sitting here because of this trust," said Rudy.

He pointed out that his party has come into power with a thumping majority and pointed out how the Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Congress are fighting with each other in Uttar Pradesh.

"BJP has taught them a lesson," said Rudy.

"The best way to predict the future is to invent it. We have got Modi and we will create our future," Rudy told members of Parliament.

He taunted at the Congress saying it has only 44 MPs in Lok Sabha and said there is no opposition left in the country.

Attacking Congress for its 65 years of "misrule", Rudy said it was unthinkable that a national party has to be welcomed as a "regional party" in Lok Sabha.

"What prompted this to happen? Why this mandate?... People have punished you for your misrule for 65 years," Rudy said.

"Earlier, Sushma Swaraj (as the leader of Opposition) used to give her views, but the then prime minister used to have his way. But we will not leave you behind, we will take you along. This is our promise. Our Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) is large-hearted," Rudy said.

He, however, said Congress party's suggestions would not be accepted "if you give suggestions which reflect the way in which you had been running the country for 65 years".

His remarks triggered protests from opposition benches, with Rudy saying that since there was no leader of Opposition, Congress would not be able to participate in decision-making on major issues like appointment of chief vigilance commissioner, CBI director or lokpal.

As the din continued, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan appealed for order and parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu urged members not to create any disturbance as it was "the first working day" of the session.

To this, some Congress members shouted "you never allowed anyone to speak earlier."

Trinamool Congress and CPI(M) members were also on their feet, with some of them urging the Speaker to direct Rudy to speak on the Motion and not digress.

Rudy continued slamming the UPA government on the power crisis, level of poverty, lack of potable water in villages, condition of educational institution, the urban-rural divide among other fronts in various states.

(With PTI inputs)


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