New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday came down heavily on the Congress in the Rajya Sabha, saying that questioning the veracity of the Lok Sabha verdict by the grand old party was an insult to the voters of the country.
Replying to the debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s address, PM Modi said, “there is a problem with the Congress as it does not accept defeat and cannot digest victory.”
PM Modi asserted that India is not synonymous with Congress that if one loses then the other should also be deemed failed. He maintained that the electoral process should be respected.
“After such a big mandate, you say you (BJP) have won, but the country has lost…If the Congress loses, does the country get defeated? Does Congress mean the country and the country means the Congress? There is a limit of arrogance,” the Prime Minister added.
Wondering whether victory of the Congress in Wayanad and Rae Bareli seats too was “defeat of the country”, PM Modi said, “Due to narrow-mindedness and perversity of thoughts, if some people do not accept the mandate of the people by saying that ‘you may have won the election but the country has lost’, there can be nothing more insulting for our democracy than this.”
Furthering his attack on the grand old party, PM Modi said “my friends in the Congress, they have not been able to digest victory. They have not been able to accept defeat. I do not consider this to be a healthy sign in a democracy.”
The prime minister also hit out the Congress for questioning EVMs, which have been lauded globally.
The prime minister said the world must know more about “our electoral processes as the scale is immense. Some people kept talking about the EVM issue in this House,” he said.
“I want to tell them- there was a time when we were 2 MPs in Parliament. People mocked us. But, we worked harder and won the trust of people. We did not make excuses and blame the polling booth. Let us appreciate how our electoral processes have improved,” he said.
“In the 1950s the polling process took so much time and violence and booth capturing were common in some places. Now, the news is about rising turnout. This is a healthy sign,” he noted.
The prime minister said there have been so many polls with EVMs and parties that are represented in the Rajya Sabha have got opportunities to govern in some state or the other after elections conducted through EVMs. “Then, why question EVMs today,” he asked.
The prime minister said, “We are seeing this same attitude when it comes to discussing ‘One Nation, One Election’.”Yes, people may not like the idea or have inputs on this. But, it is important to present these ideas and have discussions on the subject,” he said.
Modi wondered why opposition parties were opposing the idea of ‘New India’, asking them not to trust the people of the country towards negativity by opposing it, as this was a sin.
“Do we need that Old India where Cabinet proposals were torn in press conferences or where there are scams all over and support is extended to ‘tukde tukde’ gang. Do we need that old India where there was corruption,” he said, adding people of the country were not ready to take India behind.
He urged opposition members to take the country forward and expected them to contribute in doing so.
Modi said those opposing EVMs are not only opposed to EVMs, but they also have problems with technology, digital transactions, Aadhaar, GST, Bhim App.
“Why such negativity? This negativity was one of the chief reasons why some parties have not been able to win people’s trust,” he said.
The prime minister also said that he was saddened by the lynching incident in Jharkhand.
“The lynching in Jharkhand has pained me. It has saddened others too. But, some people in the Rajya Sabha are calling Jharkhand a hub of lynching. Is this fair? Why are they insulting a state? None of us has the right to insult the state of Jharkhand,” he said.
Modi noted that whether it is Jharkhand, or West Bengal or Kerala, incidents of violence should be treated in the same manner and perpetrators of violence get a lesson that the entire country is one on this issue.
(With agency inputs)