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PM Modi’s speech in Lok Sabha: As it happened

india Updated: Mar 03, 2016 14:22 IST
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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks in Lok Sabha during the second day of winter session of Parliament in New Delhi on Friday. PTI Photo / TV GRAB (PTI11_27_2015_000234A)(PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday addressed the Lok Sabha, a day after Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s stinging attack on the government.

The opposition leader had accused Modi of going soft of hoarders of black money and making repeated U-turns on his Pakistan policy.

Highlights of what PM Modi said in Lok Sabha:


- Modi ends his speech at 1.27pm.


- Accountability needs to be increased. And I can’t do this by myself. You (opposition) are experienced and I need your support.

- We must learn to trust the citizens of the country.

- There is no dearth of schemes, question is how to bring accountability.

- We need to work together to increase the accountability of the executive.

- Out of fear for what will be printed in the papers we indulge in “tu-tu-mai-mai”.


- In 14 years, I have learned to live with criticism.

- Food Security Act has not been implemented in Cong ruled states- Kerala, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh & Manipur.

- Opposition is concerned how the govt is doing better than it.


- Commissioning of railway lines have been more under NDA regime as compared to UPA II to UPA II.

- How a functioning Government can serve the people and progress in every sector with good results - NDA govt has shown the way.

- One MP said Fasal Bima Yojana is only for few districts. I want to say that this scheme will be applicable everywhere.

- Need fresh ideas for Parliament; We can’t ignore 60 yrs of misgovernance; There should be a week when only 1st time MPs speak.


- Opposition is concerned how the govt is doing better than it, says Modi as he cites comparison in some sectors like Railways and MNREGA.

- Will club several other insurance schemes with the Crop Insurance scheme


- Poverty is so deep-rooted in the country that if Modi tries to tackle the problem, Modi will get uprooted.

- We are cleaning up Congress’ mess of last 60 years.

- The opposition is concerned about why we are doing better work than them.

- You have sown seeds of poverty: Modi to Congress

- NREGA or MGNREGA has been put to use in less needy states.

- Kharge ji said there is corruption in #MNREGA and I agree with him. Look at the CAG report of 2012 & what observations were made.

- No one will deny that if Congress would’ve helped the poor in 60 years, the poor wouldn’t still be facing trouble.

- We must admit that MGNREGA is not a symbol of our success


- Some people have aged physically, but not in maturity; Some people don’t understand but just want to oppose for the sake of it.

- There are many things which are your legacy, less toilets in schools for instance ( hinting at Congress).

- In this country, there are many challenges to tackle - poverty, superstitions & so on.


- We are mocking things like Make in India? This is for the nation. If there are shortcomings it may be shared & discussed.

- Only inferiority complex of some MPs are stalling the parliament

- There are such bright MPs in the opposition, they were not to be seen in the previous two sessions.


- There are so many MPs (in Opposition itself) who have a lot to say but if they speak they will overshadow the others.

- Nobody in the Opposition must look stronger and this is the inferiority complex.

- Opposition doesn’t let us speak out of an inferiority complex, so that nation can’t see our views & skills.

- I fell the need for fresh views in the House.


- To set aside a time where only first-time MPs should be allowed to speak

- PM suggests discussion on India’s role in achieving the sustainable development goals.

- Suggests that only women members should speak in Parliament on 8th March to mark International Women’s Day.


- I want to share my thoughts, not as the PM but as someone who has entered Parliament for the first time.

- Bills that are to be passed are for the people. They are for freeing the system from middlemen.

- I am saying all this because people must know that bills have been passed here but have been stopped thereafter.


- I request MPs across parties to help pass bills.

- Hindering debate in the House is very counter-productive.

- Debate will be more fruitful if procedure is followed; these are not my words, this was said by former PM Rajiv Gandhi.

- Parliament is a forum where govt is questioned and the govt has to clarify its stand. No one is spared during the debate.

- Speaker has taken steps to ensure empowerment of women; Very worried about recent happenings in Parliament.


- Bills that are to be passed are for the people. They are for freeing the system from middlemen.

- We should follow the advice of the President on the functioning of Parliament.

- Speaker has taken new initiatives (with regards to Parliament’s functioning). This will help bring qualitative change.

- We must always take the President’s advice.


- Grateful to President for highlighting on India’s progress in his speech.


- PM Narendra Modi begins his speech in Lok Sabha.