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Here’s How Modi Chided Congress In Lok Sabha

It is a statutory convention for the President to address the Parliament at the commencement of the Budget Session, and after the discussion on the budget is over, the Prime Minister replies to the Motion of Thanks in the Lok Sabha.

This year’s budget was bound to be populist with the impending General Elections in 2019, and this being the present NDA government’s last budget. But the government seems to be deviating from the issue in hand by stressing more on politics, than economics in their speeches and conduct.

After the Finance Minister presented the Budget, Modi went a step ahead and addresses the nation with explanatory notes on the budget on government channels. This is an unprecedented act, and may have sent a message vindicating Modi as an authoritarian leader, who has trust issues with his own Finance Minister.

He began his reply amidst much rancour and noise in the Lok Sabha. That is not new to this majoritarian government, as the opposition members have to please a certain lady leading their party in the house.

He went onto compare the bifurcation of Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand by Atal Bihari Vajpayee under a smooth process with the nightmarish Partition of India in 1947. He blamed the Congress for this Partition. This seemed like a shallow argument, to claim historic processes under party politics. And the irony is more pronounced when Modi goes onto claim the legacy of Sardar Patel, who was a constant presence in the talks on Partition.

Modi also touched on the possibility of Sardar Patel being the first Prime Minister, but Congress’s dynastic politics ruining the future of India by making Nehru the first PM.

Regardless of the historical accuracies or inaccuracies of such claims, these presumptions may be fine in election rallies, but do not stand well during a budget session.

His reminder to the Congress to leave the yoke of dynastic politics and connect to the voice of the people, though, may be a good reminder to the party.

It was only after 30 minutes pf political campaigning by laying claims to historical achievements, that Modi began stating numbers. And the speech made a way back to what it was meant to be in the Budget session.

The numbers too vindicated the present government’s efficiency and effectiveness in governance. He spoke about speed with which his government has conducted infrastructure development. He did not miss the opportunity to accredit optical fibre network and railway infrastructure to Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Modi kept accrediting the work of Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government to score political brownie points
Modi kept accrediting the work of Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government to score political brownie points

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Though one may be left wondering how the previous NDA government’s work is being highlighted by the present government. It is good to reclaim your legacy, but harping on that, while ignoring the present concerns seems too narcissist and blissful.

He even referred to the recent controversy on the definition of employment. In an interview to Zee TV, PM Narendra Modi answered criticism over not creating enough jobs by saying a pakoda seller earning Rs 200 a day should also beconsidered employed. Former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for claiming that people selling pakodas could also be considered employed. By that logic, he said, even begging is a job.

Modi referred to Congress’s skewed understanding of employment when Chidambaram said that selling pakoras is not a job
Modi referred to Congress’s skewed understanding of employment when Chidambaram said that selling pakoras is not a job

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The Congress stood corrected by being reminded that under Mudra, small entrepreneurs like pakora vendors are employed, and you cannot deny them dignity of labour. He asked the Congress to open eyes to the realities of aspirational India.

He praised the Aadhar scheme and Direct Benefit Transfer, and blamed the Congress for criticising the incumbent transparency and financial inclusion that Aadhar has brought into India.

Like an uncle boasting his life’s work, Modi Chided Congress of working with a narrow and parochial mindset. He asked them to rise above shallow politics and work for national interest.

All this is a great advice, but little ironical when he highlighted politics more than economics in his speech during a Budget session.

Read Also: Modi Says Even Selling Pakodas Is A Job, And Why The Congress Disagrees

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