Democracy can't function at whims and fancies of anyone: PM's dig at Congress

PM Narendra Modi on Thursday said that it's matter of sorrow that Parliament is not running.

Last Updated: Dec 10, 2015, 14:16 PM IST
Democracy can't function at whims and fancies of anyone: PM's dig at Congress

New Delhi: Expressing his strong displeasure over continuous disruptions in the Lower and Upper House, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that ''it's matter of sorrow that Parliament is not running''.

The Prime Minister further said that democracy "cannot be restricted to elections and government only" and everyone must feel that he or she is working for the country's progress.

Modi said, "I want to make India's development journey a 'mass movement'" and that, "everyone must feel he or she is working for India's progress".

He also said there were several measures other than the crucial GST bill that were pending in Parliament for the poor.

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"People only talk about GST and parliament but there are also several other measures for the poor that are pending in parliament," PM Modi added.

"Mahatma Gandhi brought a big change in the freedom struggle. He made it a 'Jan Andolan' (mass movement)," PM said. "The first thing is to have faith in the people and their strengths."

Both the Houses of Parliament have been witnessing pandemonium for the past two days due to stalling by Congress as Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi were asked to appear before court in connection with the National Herald case.

The Congress has called the case an example of 'political vendetta' by the NDA government. Rahul Gandhi has said that he would continue to put pressure on the government and won't back off.