Parliamentary debate on motion of thanks turns into bitter free-for-all

The Wednesday parliamentary debate on motion of thanks on President’s address turned into another war of words between the treasury and opposition benches.

india Updated: Mar 03, 2016 01:05 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other ministers in the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Wednesday.(PTI)

Wednesday’s parliamentary debate on motion of thanks on President’s address turned into another war of words between the treasury and opposition benches.

Opening the debate in Rajya Sabha, Union health minister JP Nadda showcased the centre’s pro-poor initiatives and blamed UPA for ‘policy paralysis and stagnation’. Nadda said progressive measures have had to wait for decades during UPA tenure. “Now the world accepts India as the fastest growing economy,” he insisted.

The minister listed out the border pact with Bangladesh and welfare schemes such as Jan Dhan Yojna, crop insurance policy, soil health cards, one-rank one-pension, and Atal Pension Yojna as key initiatives of the government.

Nadda credited Prime Minister Narendra Modi for providing transparent governance and said corruption scandals during the UPA regime such as the coal and 2G scams brought disrepute to the country.

With Modi in attendance, leader of opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad accused the government of “doublespeak” and “hypocrisy”. He said while the BJP stalled UPA’s efforts to initiate dialogue with Pakistan, it had no qualms engaging with the neighbour even after terror attacks and ceasefire violations.

Azad said Modi had made pointed references to the Mumbai attacks in his 2014 poll rallies and accused the UPA of serving “biryani” to the perpetrators.

He blasted government for failure to bring back black money and asked what was stopping it from revealing account holders’ name.

Azad said most of the programmes, including skill development and Swachh Bharat, MNREGA and food security law were policies taken forward from the UPA.

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad speaks in the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Wednesday. (PTI)

In the Lok Sabha, BJP’s Pralhad Joshi hit back at Congress saying those who looted country are talking about corruption. Alleging rampant corruption during UPA rule, Joshi reminded that coal blocks were allocated by the government on Congress’ recommendations.

Mulayam Singh Yadav (SP) advised the government to consider reasons why poor, farmers, intellectuals and workers have turned against within two years.

With regard to JNU incident, Yadav said it would be wrong to accuse students and Left parties of sedition and the government must learn to respect the views of others.

Supriya Sule (NCP) said the government should find out who had doctored the tapes in connection with the JNU controversy. She said the government should walk the extra mile to deal with the problem of agraran distress and farmer suicide.

Thota Narasimham (TDP) said every move of the government should be in the direction of removal of poverty.

Mulayam Singh Yadav (SP) advised the government to consider reasons why poor, farmers, intellectuals and workers have turned against within two years.

With regard to JNU incident, Yadav said it would be wrong to accuse students and Left parties of sedition and the government must learn to respect the views of others.

Supriya Sule (NCP) said the government should find out who had doctored the tapes in connection with the JNU controversy. She said the government should walk the extra mile to deal with the problem of agraran distress and farmer suicide.

Thota Narasimham (TDP) said every move of the government should be in the direction of removal of poverty.

First Published: Mar 03, 2016 01:05 IST