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

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 09, 2016 16:03 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday equated the Congress party with “mrityu (death)” but hastened to add that like death is never subjected to criticism, the Congress party also goes unscathed.

“Death is a blessing. It’s above criticism. No one criticises death. People say someone died of cancer, (people say) he died of old age. The cancer and old age is blamed but not the death,” Modi said, replying to the debate on the motion of thanks on the President’s address to Parliament.

Here are the highlights of what PM Modi said in Rajya Sabha:

- PM ends his speech.

- PM recites “Safar Mein Dhoop To Hogi” by Nida Fazli in Rajya Sabha.


- Cleanliness is becoming a mass movement. For first time Parliament debated on it. Govt may be criticised but issue is being discussed.

- Cleanliness helps the poor the most. Due to lack of cleanliness the poor are forced to spend more money on medicines.

- We need to emphasise on value addition in all spheres.

- Emphasising on doubling agriculture income & value addition, more productivity in agriculture.

- We should aim to double the income of farmers by 2022.

- I am not an economist like Manmohan Singh, thats why I am not that knowledgeable. But I know some things.

- The biggest beneficiaries of MUDRA bank are SC/ST, OBC communities and women.

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- Government is ensuring that benefit of subsidy goes only to those deserving, it is not issue of saving money.

- Taking a dig at Congress vice-preisdent, he said there are two kinds of people in this world- one that do work and the other that take credit for it.

- Let you (Congress) give tickets to illiterate people and see what the experience will be like.

- We try to give political colour to everything. We can have different points of view but don’t politicise everything.

- Third aspect of good governance is ‘decentralisation’.

- We are focusing on accountability. I am reviewing infra projects and also looking into projects that were stalled for decades.

- Effective or last mile delivery is what we are working on.

- Decentralisation is key to good governance.

- We are focussing on accountability. I am reviewing infra projects & am seeing projects are stalled for decades.


- Coordination between Houses is essential. Nation is waiting for us to pass many bills.

- Let us pass those bills passed in the Lok Sabha as soon as possible and give impetus to India’s progress.

- We need to shift from incremental improvements to a quantum jump and that is what we are trying.

- We have focussed on policy-driven governance and given an importance to transparency.


- This is the Upper House. There are stalwarts in this House & what happens here influences other assemblies as well.

- This is a Chamber of Ideas and it must guide the nation. Coordination between both Houses is essential.

- In peak summer, we in Gujarat would to go to the villages & campaign for girl child education.

- We need to worry about lack of education facilities and overcome the challenges in this sphere.


- When we criticise the Congress, it is reported as ‘criticism on the Opposition, not criticism on the Congress’.

- Sometimes I feel Congress has a boon like that. It always said “attack on opposition”, never said “attack on Congress”.

- There is a funny thing about “death”, no one blames death. they blame the reason why people die.


- You must have noticed that Lok Sabha worked till late night yesterday, even after that everyone was happy with the work that happened.

- I want to thank Opposition members for the smooth running of Parliament.

- PM Modi begins his speech in the Upper House.

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