Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the opposition need not bother about their numbers, adding that he hopes they speak actively and participate in Lok Sabha proceedings.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday appeared to extend an olive branch to the Opposition ahead of the first day of the first session of Parliament after a bitterly fought Lok Sabha election. Sending out a message to the Opposition while speaking to reporters outside the Parliament, PM Modi said that they should not worry about the numbers they have in Parliament and assured them that every word they speak is valuable to him.
“The role of an Opposition and an active Opposition is important in a parliamentary democracy. The Opposition need not bother about their numbers. I hope they speak actively and participate in House proceedings,” the PM said in his statement ahead of the start of the session.
He said the suggestions and inputs of the opposition parties are extremely important for the government. “When we come to Parliament, we should forget Paksh (treasury) and Vipaksh (opposition). We should think about issues with a ‘nishpaksh’ (non-partition) spirit and work in the larger interest of the nation,” he said, adding that in the next five years, we should work together to take the dignity of the Parliament to a new high.
The Prime Minister also noted that after several decades, a government has gained an absolute majority for the second consecutive term. He said that people have given “us the chance to serve the country again and I request all the parties to support the decisions that are in favour of people.”
He also urged all MPs to think of the country when in the House and address issues related to the larger interest of the nation. He also noted that the Lok Sabh has a high number of women MPs.
“My experience suggests that when the Parliament functions smoothly, we are able to fulfil numerous aspirations of the people of India,” he said.
The first sitting of the 17th Lok Sabha begins from today. On the first two days, the newly-elected MPs will be administered oath by protem Speaker Virendra Kumar. On Wednesday, Virendra Kumar will enable the House to elect a permanent Speaker and then the House will begin transacting business.