New Delhi [India] Feb 7 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday hit out at the Congress party for blocking crucial bills.
The Prime Minister, while addressing the Rajya Sabha, slammed the Congress party for acting insensitively toward the country's people.
Citing an example of the crucial Triple Talaq Bill, the Prime Minister asserted that if the Congress party wanted to bring changes in the bill, they could have amended the proposition during their tenure.
"Why are you blocking the bill for OBC Commission? Why are you blocking Triple Talaq Bill. Are you not sensitive to the aspirations of OBCs? "If you feel so strongly about bringing changes to Triple Talaq Bill, then you should have brought the law yourself when you were in power for so many years. Keep women empowerment above politics," said the Prime Minister.
"The issue was pending with you for over 30 years, but you did not act. But when we abolished the practice and brought a law to send the culprits to jail, you have a problem. You sent Hindu men to jail for marrying twice, but you have a problem sending a Muslim man to jail," he added.
He further slammed the Congress party for mocking the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) flagship programmes and asked why does it keep on attacking the Centre for national achievements.
"Look at what all you mocked - Swachh Bharat, Make in India, surgical strikes, Yoga Day. Why can't we work together to empower farmers and boost agriculture? Congress made a law to prohibit cutting of bamboo by classifying it as a tree. The whole world considers bamboo as grass. We changed the law and today bamboo is even being exported from India and is a source of income for farmers," he said.
"The credit should go to Congress for misleading everyone on One Rank One Pension for army personnel for over 40 years. The credit should go to Congress for starting more than 1,500 railway projects. Congress keeps saying we brought Aadhaar. Let me remind them about a debate in the Rajya Sabha in 1998 and what LK Advani Ji said. It is in his speech that you will find the genesis of Aadhaar," he added.
The Prime Minister also took the occasion to highlight corruption which took place under the Congress regime.
"Congress gets credit for doing nothing to check the rise of black money. For 28 years, the Congress did not implement a benami law. It did not form an SIT for three years even after the Supreme Court directed it to," he said.
The Prime Minister also mocked Congress for using Sardar Patel during Gujarat poll campaign.
"During Gujarat campaign, Sardar Patel was on every Congress poster, I felt glad that after several years we are seeing this day. What took so long to give Bharat Ratna to Sardar Patel and BR Ambedkar?" he asked. (ANI)