New Delhi: In his final speech in Lok Sabha ahead of general elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday took a series of digs at the Congress and its chief Rahul Gandhi while giving a virtual report card of his government’s performance.
Taking a swipe at Rahul, who was not present in the House at that time, PM Modi referred to the Congress president’s remarks on Rafale, and the hug and “winking” episodes, saying it was a new thing he witnessed as a first time member of Parliament.
“I got to know the difference between gale milna and gale parna (hugging and piling on). I got to know about aankhon ki gustakhiyaan (mischief of the eye),” PM Modi said.
He also targeted the Congress for attacking the government over the Rafale fighter jet deal and said “many planes were being flown on the floor of this House”.
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The government on Wednesday tabled the much-awaited CAG report on the controversy-hit Rafale deal in the Rajya Sabha, which said that the deal signed by the Modi government to procure 36 fighter jets from France’s Dassault got 2.86 per cent cheaper price than what was negotiated during the previous UPA regime in 2007.
PM Modi said that the the Congress president’s claim of an “earthquake” if he speaks on Rafale jet deal fell flat.
The Prime Minister praised Speaker Sumitra Mahajan’s leadership and said eight of 17 sessions of this Lok Sabha had over 100 per cent productivity. The overall productivity was recorded at over 85 per cent.
He said India suffered globally for long due to fractured mandates. But now it is taken seriously in the global arena because of the majority government, he said.
“After three decades, a government of complete majority came into power. After Independence, a government which is not of “Congress gotra” came into power. An alliance government without Congress gotra was that of Atal ji and a government of complete majority was formed in 2014,” he said.
The PM maintained that neither he nor External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj are responsible for India’s enhanced image globally.
He said the credit goes to the majority the government enjoys in Lok Sabha. The credit, he said, goes to the people of the country.
Referring to the achievements of his government, he said, India has become the 6th largest economy and is fast moving towards being a USD 5 trillion economy.
The 16th Lok Sabha passed 203 bills out of 219 introduced, including one on curbing black money.