Taking India’s grand old party head-on, PM Narendra Modi on February 7 gave a fiery speech in Lok Sabha and sought to corner the Congress on issues of corruption, policymaking and dynastic politics. In his speech, that included several barbs at Rahul Gandhi, the prime minister blamed the Congress for country’s partition, accusing the party of devoting its energies to “the interests of one family,” while neglecting the interests of the nation. Reviving the corruption debate, he said the nation is paying for the “sins” of the party. In Rajya Sabha, he told lawmakers that it was Mahatma Gandhi who had first pitched the idea of a Congress-free India.
PM Modi said:
“Don’t lecture us on democracy. It was your party chief who tore up an ordinance and threw it in the faces of the media… It was your party chief who did not let young leaders get their points of view.”
“It is in your character that the division of India happened. The country was broken into pieces and you sowed the poison. After 70 years of independence, not a day passes when the 125 crore Indians do not get punished for your sins. You broke India into pieces and you did it keeping elections in mind, in haste and closing doors of Parliament.”
However, PM Modi’s speech was interspersed with sloganeering and disruptions by opposition members. In his comments, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that it was a “political and campaign speech” that had focused on the opposition. He attacked the PM, saying:
“The prime minister spoke nothing about employment for youth; he had promised 2 crore jobs. The talk of farmers, giving them right prices and loan waivers —the PM instead spoke about bees and bamboo.”
बहुत लम्बी थी साहेब की बात
सदन में दिन को बता दिया रात
अपनी नाकामियों पर डाले पर्दे
अफसोस भाषण से गायब थे देश के मुद्दे
प्रधानमंत्रीजी चुप्पी कब तोड़ेंगे
राफेल डील पर आखिर कब बोलेंगे?#PradhanMantriJawabDo
— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) February 7, 2018
During some lighter moments, Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu rebuked Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury for laughing during Modi’s speech. Seeing this, PM Modi said, “SabhapatiJi meri aapse vinti hai Renuka Ji ko kuch mat kahiye. Ramayan serial ke baad aisi hansi sunne ka saubhagya aaj jaake mila hai. (Chairman sir, I request you to not say anything to Renukaji. After Ramayan serial, we have got the privilege of hearing this kind of laughter today).
Twitterati too had a field day over PM Modi’s speech:
— Rita (@RitaG74) February 7, 2018
So saunarki ek lohar ki . We want Modiji our PM for next 20 years . #ModiHitsBack
— Gopal Sheth (@GopalSheth2) February 8, 2018
A quick look at how Bank NPA was the biggest scam unleashed by UPA, which Modi govt is fixing… Read what RBI had to say about the reckless political lendings done under UPA. #ModiHitsBack pic.twitter.com/zPs7LzDWek
— Divya Prakash Dwivedi (@DivyaPrakashDw8) February 8, 2018
#RenukaChowdhury who always used her awful laugh to answer the questions to which she never had any answer. She must have never thought that it will backfire so badly one day that she wouldn’t have same laugh again 🙂#ModiHitsBack
— AG (@AmBoozed) February 8, 2018
#RahulGandhi refering to PM Modi’s LS speech said, “Modi forgot that he is the PM of this Country”.
Yesss! Coz the last time your family appointed a PM, his major qualification was to “Sit Silently”.
Time has changed, Sir. “Either adopt or Extinct”, Darwin. #ModiHitsBack
— Open Your Eyes (@BeRealSecular) February 8, 2018
Lol.Renuka Chowdhary calls herself a Woman
— sub (@subsharma740) February 8, 2018
— Keya Ghosh (@keyakahe) February 8, 2018
— Divy Prakash Mishra (@DPM_Vipul) February 8, 2018
— Vijay Chauthaiwale (@vijai63) February 7, 2018
First shamelessly LAUGH at sitting PM while he is speaking and then play a women card?
— #GauravPradhan 🇮🇳 (@DrGPradhan) February 7, 2018
Seeing the Cong Gunda MPs shouting during PM Speech today, lets Pledge NEVER to let these Uncivilized Louts come back to power ever again #ModiHitsBack
— Rosy (@rose_k01) February 7, 2018
PM’s glorious responses to Renuka ji’s laughter😜😂
— कुंवर अजयप्रताप सिंह (@sengarajay235) February 7, 2018
Before couple of years i dislike PM Modi, but same person won my heart I’m in love with him.
Let politics aside his speech was awesome yesterday watched it many times ❤#ModiHitsBack
— Sajad Hussain (@Ibne_Sena) February 8, 2018
Renuka Chowdhury is playing ‘women victim card’ after
Modiji’s comment on her laugh today. She was women & child welfare minister under UPA. Look at the things she did for women to play a victim card today.
that girl in second picture is a minor. #ModiHitsBack pic.twitter.com/H5uS4KFXZm
— Mahesh Vikram Hegde (@mvmeet) February 7, 2018
To Renuka Chowdhury laughing hysterically during his speech in the Upper House, a smiling PM tells Speaker Naidu: “Please don’t stop Renuka-ji. We’re fortunate to hear this kind of laughter for the first time since Ramayan” #ModiHitsBack
— Abhijit Majumder (@abhijitmajumder) February 7, 2018