Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his speech in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday took a dig at former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and said that the art of using a raincoat while taking a bath should be learnt from him. PM Modi addressed the Rajya Sabha as a reply to the debate on the motion of thanks to the President’s address. He said that it was high time that leaders appreciated the abilities of the people of India and take it to newer avenues. Additionally, Modi said that there was a dire need to reinstate the faith in the power of the people as it was only due to ‘Jan Shakti’ that citizens in a democracy like our country that common man born in a poor family could become a Prime Minister of India. Modi had earlier said that since he was born after independence, he could not put his life on living in the country, and there were many like him who could not be part of the freedom struggle but were now living and serving India.
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Meanwhile, Congress MPs staged a walkout in Rajya Sabha over PM Modi’s remark on Manmohan Singh. PM Modi also demeaned economists of the world by saying, “World’s economists don’t know parameters to assess it. What India did will be a case study for economists worldwide.” He added, “You quote foreign economists, I can quote 10 of them on the fact that such an action hasn’t been taken in the world ever.” He also said about Manmohan Singh, “For almost 35 years, Manmohan Singh Ji had a lot of influence on country’s economic policies.” PM Modi, yesterday also took a jibe at party vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s ‘earthquake; remark, saying that the nation finally felt the tremors yesterday. “I was wondering why the earthquake came. When someone see ‘SEVA’ or any positive virtue in the word ‘SCAM’ then mother earth would definitely become upset,” PM Modi said while speaking on motion of thanks to President’s address in Lok Sabha.
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Talking about the demonetisation move to ban high-value notes, PM Modi said,”The fight against corruption and black money is not a political fight. It is not to single out any particular party.” He added, ” We will have to be tough on those who are cheating the system. When we do that, the hands of the poor will be strengthened.”