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Top posts in India today are occupied by sons of farmers or commoners: PM Modi

india Updated: Aug 11, 2017 23:26 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Rajya Sabha during the monsoon session in New Delhi on Friday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Rajya Sabha during the monsoon session in New Delhi on Friday.(PTI Photo)

On Friday, as he got up to welcome M Venkaiah Naidu as Rajya Sabha chairman, PM Narendra Modi said that it is a reflection of the strength of our Constitution and the maturity of our democracy that all top constitutional positions today are occupied by the poor and sons of farmers or commoners.

Modi’s reference to those who came from affluent backgrounds was countered by Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, who insisted that contributions of well-off persons cannot be ignored.

“…the makers of our Constitution laid such strong foundation of Indian democracy that today people holding Constitutional posts are those who represent poor and marginalised and do not come from rich background,” said Modi, referring to Naidu who is a farmer’s son. President Ram Nath Kovind also hails from a similar background.

Countering Modi, Azad said that people like Motilal Nehru, Jawaharlal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi came from good backgrounds. “… we should not forget them and their contribution. Those who were well-off and educated, who gave up their riches, families and children for the freedom of India,” Azad said while felicitating Naidu.

Azad said that these great men gave the country a Constitution that allowed “anyone to become President, Vice President, Prime Minister or Supreme Court judge. I salute them,” he said.

First Published: Aug 11, 2017 23:26 IST

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