PM Modi takes on Opposition: As it happened

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday made a statement in Lok Sabha to conclude a  two-day discussion on the Motion of Thanks on the President Pranab Mukherjee's Budget speech. During an hour-long speech in the Lok Sabha the Prime Minister attacked the Opposition for opposing the crucial land bill and other major initiatives of the BJP government and reiterated that growth and development of all will always remain his top priority.

Last Updated: Mar 03, 2015, 16:22 PM IST
PM Modi takes on Opposition: As it happened

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday made a statement in Lok Sabha to conclude a  two-day discussion on the Motion of Thanks on the President Pranab Mukherjee's Budget speech. During an hour-long speech in the Lok Sabha the Prime Minister attacked the Opposition for opposing the crucial land bill and other major initiatives of the BJP government and reiterated that growth and development of all will always remain his top priority.

The PM made the statement in Lok Sabha in this regard.

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  • PM concludes his speech
  • I thank President for constant guidance and suggestions: PM
  • 'India first' is the religion of my govt, says PM  
  • We all must join hands together to fight against poverty, irrespective of our religions: PM Modi
  • Possibility of every community blossoming is something possible in India, we are unity in diversity: PM
  • Do we want to fight each other or poverty. I said, enough is enough we have fought a lot. Let us unite and fight poverty: PM
  • We must develop the States for development of nation, we must empower states for the strength of the nation: PM
  • To make our Nation prosperous we will have to make the States prosperous: PM
  • This has never happened before: PM
  • For the first time after Independence,the treasury of Centre and States is 38% & 62% respectively, this is empowerment of States: PM
  • Money from coal auctions will go to the states, they will have more money than their budget: PM
  • We need to bring progress to the eastern part of India, to states like Assam, West Bengal and Odisha: PM
  • That's why I am visiting the Northeast very often: PM
  • There is great scope of development in the North East. It can become organic capital: PM
  • I will publicly give credit to those who proposed the act, It's just an effort to correct the mistakes: PM Modi on land ordinance
  • In an era of co-operative federalism can we become arrogant? Should we not listen to the Chief Ministers of the States: PM
  • Please don't politicise the land bill issue: PM
  • Ready to incorporate key changes in land bill for greater interest of farmers: PM
  • We were with you when you passed the Land Bill, we knew you were rushing through it with an eye on political gains: PM Modi
  • There is lot of discussion on land bill. When it was made we walked with you shoulder to shoulder: PM
  • For 60 yrs farmers lived with the law that was made in 1894, if farmers suffered who is to be blamed, asks PM
  • The process for making toilets for 60,000 to 65,000 girls is complete: PM
  • We announced Jan Dhan Yojana on 15th August, we completed the project well in time: PM
  • The deprived, the poor farmer is kept in our minds when we go abroad: PM
  • The country cannot run on whims and fancies of individuals: PM
  • Retired govt employees are supposed to give proof of their living for pension. Can't we change these systems: PM Modi in Lok Sabha
  • We brought in the system of self-attesation. Things may be small but they are things that inspire the trust of the people: PM
  • You can say Modi talks about small matters when there are so many big issues. The root of big problems lies in small things: PM
  • We believe in optimum utilisation of our infrastructure: PM
  • We need to cap our unnecessary expenditure so the extra money goes to the needy: PM
  • This government is committed to serving the poor: PM
  • We must make our farmers understand that before harvesting crops from mother earth, we must also ensure if our land is in good condition: PM
  • We need to explain to farmers the importance of soil-testing: PM
  • Farmers should check the health of a land before they start farming, why don t we start soil testing labs everywhere?: PM
  • "Per drop, more crop" is what we want to focus on: PM
  • "We talk a lot about farmers, but shouldn't we find ways to address their issues? 'Per drop, more crop' is what we want to focus on": PM
  • No one should think we are talking about black money because we are vindictive: PM
  • I believe corruption free services can be developed, everyone needs to work together to fight corruption: PM
  • I want you all to guide us and we should together find ways to combat this serious problem (corruption): PM
  • Want to congratulate Arun Jaitley that he coordinated with Swiss banks and now we can get information from them: PM
  • I think its a great achievement that we got the nation talking about black money: PM
  • Our first decision in our first Cabinet meeting was the decision on SIT on black money: PM
  • Why was an SIT not formed in 3 years on black money when SC asked?: PM Modi
  • Corruption has ruined the nation and it shouldn't be discussed through a political prism: PM Modi
  • MNREGA is the epitome of Congress' failure: PM in Lok Sabha
  • History is a witness, Congress never lost with such a margin, says PM Modi
  • My political sense says never end MNREGA, because it is a reminder of your (Congress) failure: PM
  • I don't claim that whatever work has been done was done in 9 months only, says PM.
  • My political instinct says don't end MNREGA, I will never make that mistake: PM
  • It's the people that form the nation. Ideologies may change: PM Narendra Modi
  • 'Governments come and go. Nation is made by the people, their strength': PM
  • When Mulayam ji spoke about Assi Ghat cleanliness, I was confused if he was giving of UP govt's report or Centre's: PM
  • I had said at the Red Fort that India has come so far due to the efforts of every government: PM
  • We are trying to address problems we have inherited: PM
  • Cleanliness is a major issue, it is about our mindset, It's our responsibility to ensure cleanliness: PM
  • Do we not have to integrate every Indian in Swachhata Abhiyaan: PM
  • Cleanliness is also an issue related to the respect & dignity of women, female students drop out of school due to lack of toilets: PM
  • When I speak of Swachta Abhiyaan, I keep in mind the poor who fall sick due to dirty or unhygienic surroundings: PM
  • Names are not important, issue is important: PM
  • Many say that previous projects have been picked up and the name has been changed: PM
  • Expectations are essential because they mean that you believe that a solution is possible: PM
  • I am sure many people think about "what should have been": PM
  • Many Members would be wishing - what if this happened, what if that happened. I see this very positively: PM
  • Many MPs expressed their thoughts and several MPs sent their views in writing as well: PM
  • The debate so far has been very good: PM
  • PM Modi delivers vote of thanks in Lok Sabha
  • PM Modi begins his speech

Confirming the development, PM Modi tweeted this afternoon that he will reply in Lok Sabha on President's Budget Session speech today.

BJP vice president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi initiated the discussion in the Upper House on behalf of the BJP government. BJP general secretary Rajiv Pratap Rudy initiated the discussion in Lok Sabha on Thursday.

The Narendra Modi government on Monday unveiled its agenda for governance, with Mukherjee’s address to the joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament outlining the priorities, that included extensive use of technology, policy predictability, measures to curb communal violence, reining in corruption and inflation and encouraging investment, both domestic and foreign.

Mukherjee, abiding by the convention that requires the President to read out the speech cleared by the Union Cabinet, promised that his government would ensure a “predictable, transparent and fair” policy environment and “non-adversarial” tax regime conducive to investment.

These measures are intended to put the economy back on the growth path, he added.

Insisting there would be “zero tolerance” on terrorism, extremism, riots and crime, the President, in a 50-minute address in Parliament’s Central Hall, said, “The government will maintain utmost vigil in the area of internal security. A national plan will be chalked out in consultation with state governments to effectively curb incidents of communal violence and challenges posed by left-wing extremism.”