Tahlka News Desk
New Delhi: Speaking the Lok Sabha PM Modi dig at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and the opposition for protesting against the government's demonetization ban of Rs 500 and 1000 notes. PM Modi mocked Rahul Gandhi for his statement "main bolunga to bhukamp aa jaega" remark, which the congress leader made during the winter session of parliament.
Highlights of PM Modi Speech:
"The earthquake finally did happen," he said, provoking laughter from members of his coalition. The PM was referring to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's claim, offered in December, that the government was preventing him from speaking in parliament on the notes ban because if he was allowed to share his remarks, "an earthquake will happen." Yesterday, Uttarakhand was hit by an earthquake of 5.8 magnitude, tremors were felt in Delhi too.
In another swipe at Rahul Gandhi, the PM said "How can someone see 'SEVA' (service) or any positive virtue in the word SCAM?" Mr Gandhi said at a rally on Sunday in UP that allegations of scams made against his party are vendetta and that those who describe the Congress as scam-centric should know SCAM stands for "Seva, Courage, Ability and Modesty". The PM had earlier clubbed his political opponents in UP as a "SCAM -S for Samajwadi Party, C for Congress, A for Akhilesh and M for Mayawati."
"The notes ban was introduced at the correct time, the economy was ready to handle it. We could not have made the move at a time when the economy was weak or not progressing," the PM said.
"My fight is for the poor and giving the poor their due. This fight will continue. It does not matter how big you are, you will have to give back what belongs to the poor. My fight is for the poor": PM on demonetisation and fighting corruption.
On September's surgical strikes against Pakistan, the PM said "I was astonished to see some of the statements made by some of you about surgical strikes in the first 24-hours. Put a hand on your heart and ask yourselves if that was right... You are troubled with the surgical strikes. You cannot bear good work done by others. It is unsettling for you to digest the facts. Deal with it.