Hitting out at the Congress for attacking the prime minister in Lok Sabha during the debate on the President’s address, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday said that PM Narendra Modi’s thinking is pure like the Ganga river and no one can stain it.
During an intervention in the debate on the Motion of Thanks on the President’s address in the Lok Sabha, the minister said that instead of pointing out issues with the central government schemes, opposition members are raising unrelated matters, which is against the tradition.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Rijiju said, should have adhered to the rules of parliamentary debate by speaking on the President’s address rather than spreading negativity in the House.
He said that before 2014, people only saw news about scams and corruption and had lost faith in the political leadership, but things have changed now.
People have again reposed faith in Prime Minister Modi, he said, adding the Opposition can not mislead the people now.
“The thoughts of the prime minister are as pure as Ganga. His truth and dedication will always be pure. No one can stain it,” Rijiju said.
He also said that in 2019, the Opposition tried to defame the prime minister with the slogan ‘chowkidar chor hai’ but people gave a befitting reply by again reposing faith in Modi.
“Again the people have made up their minds,” he added.
Gandhi on Tuesday led a blistering opposition attack in Lok Sabha over the Hindenburg report, claiming that the meteoric rise in Gautam Adani’s fortunes happened after the BJP came to power in 2014 as he rose in the global rich list from the 609th to the second spot eventually.
Rijiju alleged that some members use the House to promote their political interests, which is regrettable.
“Whatever is spoken, should be within the rules….Many opposition members spoke on issues which were not even vaguely related to the address,” he said adding that Gandhi’s thinking has not improved even after the Bharat Jodo Yatra and he is still spreading negativity.
On the issue of the prime minister’s foreign tours raised Gandhi, he said, “PM goes abroad not for honeymoon or holidays, but for the benefit of the country”.
Further, the minister said that the Opposition should refrain from demanding discussion on sensitive issues like China, recalling that as an opposition member, he withdrew a similar demand on Arunachal Pradesh on a suggestion by Pranab Mukherjee, who was then in the government.
He said that on sensitive issues, members should remain united.
Rijiju also regretted that there is a similarity between the statements of Congress leaders and Pakistan.