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Parliament LIVE: PM Modi Condemns Jharkhand Lynching But Says Wrong to Blame Entire State for Incident | June 26, 2019, 5:27 PM IST
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Parliament LIVE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing the Rajya Sabha in reply to President Ram Nath Kovind’s address, a day after he hit out at the Congress during his speech in the Lok Sabha.

On Tuesday, addressing the Lower House, the Prime Minister slammed the Indira Gandhi government and said the Emergency crushed India's soul. He further pitched for unity and raised slogan of 'Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan and Jai Anusandhan'.
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Jun 26, 2019 5:27 pm (IST)

Motion of thanks to Prez address passed by Parliament | A motion of thanks to President for his address to the joint sitting of Parliament was passed by voice-vote in Rajya Sabha after Opposition Congress withdrew more than 200 amendments it had moved. After the Prime Minister's reply to the debate that lasted 13 hours and saw participation of 50 speakers from different parties, the House passed the motion expressing gratitude to the President.

Jun 26, 2019 4:26 pm (IST)

Vice President and Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu called Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar to Rajya Sabha today and suggested to him that Ministry of Environment should consider keeping in abeyance the 'stop work order' on Polavaram Multipurpose Project by another 2 years.

Jun 26, 2019 3:14 pm (IST)

PM Modi Concludes Rajya Sabha Address | Concluding his address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "We have to make water supply a priority. I need all your help to solve this problem so that this does not affect our future generations."

Jun 26, 2019 3:11 pm (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on ongoing water crisis: There are 226 districts in the country where there is water crisis. Now I am trying to mobilize everyone to tackle this, how we can give priority to water in MPLAD funds. We also have to make society aware on water issues. A Jal Shakti Ministry has also been setup.

Jun 26, 2019 3:08 pm (IST)

Lashing out at the Congress over their "attitude" towards late Sardar Patel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "I still believe had Sardar Patel been made the first Prime Minister of India, Kashmir issue would have been resolved. Sardar Patel lived and died as a Congressman. When we are paying tributes to the great leader, Congress has a problem."

Jun 26, 2019 3:07 pm (IST)

Ayushman Bharat Need of the Hour: PM | On Ayushman Bharat, PM Modi said cutting across partylines, MPs write to the Prime Minister seeking help on behalf of poor for medical treatment. He said he is willing to look into shortcomings if any, but asked the Opposition not to write off the entire scheme. "The need of the hour is to strengthen Ayushman Bharat. We want our poor to get the best quality and affordable medical treatment," PM Modi said.

Jun 26, 2019 3:05 pm (IST)

PM Modi Seeks Collective Effort over Bihar Encephalitis | Speaking on the dire health conditions in Bihar and the alarmingly high deaths of children due to AES, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, "The deaths in Bihar due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome are unfortunate and a matter of shame for us. We have to take this seriously. I am in constant touch with the state Govt and I am sure we will collectively come out of this crisis soon."

Jun 26, 2019 3:01 pm (IST)

PM Modi Mocks Congress over NRC | Prime Minister Narendra Modi mocked the Congress party for overlooking Rajiv Gandhi's acceptance of the NRC in the Assam Accord as he said, "You take credit for everything, will you not take credit for NRC? Rajiv Gandhi had accepted NRC in the Assam accord. Then the Supreme Court had to intervene. Also, Supreme Court directed us so we have implemented it. So, why are you not taking credit for this?"

Jun 26, 2019 2:59 pm (IST)

"I think Ghulam Nabi Azad is having blurred vision, maybe he is seeing everything from political spectacles. Ghalib said something for such people 'ta umr Ghalib ye bhool karta raha, dhool chehre pe thi, aaina saaf karta raha," PM Narendra Modi said.

Jun 26, 2019 2:55 pm (IST)

PM Modi Rakes Up 1984 Riots | Prime Minister Narendra Modi further raked up the 1984 Anti-Sikh riots and said, "People accused of murder in 1984 are today big leaders in the Congress party."

Jun 26, 2019 2:51 pm (IST)

I am sure there is no one in this house who will not like India to be part of the 5 trillion dollar economy club. Please gives us constructive suggestions, we are open to all suggestions, we don't believe only we have all the intellect: PM Narendra Modi

Jun 26, 2019 2:50 pm (IST)

PM Modi Grieves Over Jharkhand Lynching, But Asks Not to Hold State Responsible |  On the recent incident of lynching in Jharkhand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his grief for the victim and his family. However, he dismayed at the Opposition for "holding the entire state" for Tabrez Ansari's lynching. "We are all sad about the death of the mob lynching victim. But is it right to say that everyone in Jharkhand is responsible? They are citizens of this country. The real criminals should be punished."

Jun 26, 2019 2:42 pm (IST)

PM Modi Jabs at Congress' Old India Calls |  Taking a subtle jibe at Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who demanded "Old India" be returned, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "Now they are slamming New India. Do they want old India back? Old India where cabinet decisions were torn in press meets, old India where Navy was used for personal trips, old India where numerous scams existed, old India which supported tukde tukde gang?"

Jun 26, 2019 2:40 pm (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "We do not have the majority in the Rajya Sabha. But, the voters now are very very aware, they not only know what is happening in Lok Sabha but also what is happening in Rajya Sabha, and they voted this time keeping these facts in mind."

Jun 26, 2019 2:37 pm (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "Those opposing EVMs are not only opposed to EVMs. They 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."

Jun 26, 2019 2:35 pm (IST)

Drawing a similarity of the Opposition's protest against the EVMs and the NDA's ambitious 'One Nation, One Election', Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "This same attitude is visible when it comes to discussing 'One Nation, One Election.' Yes, some may not like this idea or have views on this. But, it is important to present these ideas and have discussions on this."

Jun 26, 2019 2:31 pm (IST)

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, PM Narendra Modi said.

Jun 26, 2019 2:30 pm (IST)

Further, PM Narendra Modi attacked the Opposition for turning a blind eye to the meeting called by the Election Commission on the issue of EVMs. "The Election Commission invited parties on the issue of EVMs and only two parties went- CPI and NCP. I appreciate them for going to the EC to learn more about the issue. But, why did the rest of the parties questioning the EVMs not even go, they should answer," he said.

Jun 26, 2019 2:28 pm (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people including politicians to "appreciate" the electoral processes in India. "We should appreciate how our electoral processes have improved over the years. In 1950s polling process took long time to complete. Violence and booth capturing were common in some places. Now, news is about rising voter turnout. This is a healthy signal. There have been so many elections with EVMs and parties that are present in the Rajya Sabha have got opportunities to govern in different states after elections were held through EVMs. Then, why question EVMs today," asked PM Modi.

Jun 26, 2019 2:26 pm (IST)

Then, speaking on the allegation put forth by the Congress on the BJP-led Narendra Modi government, the PM said, "By saying farmers sold themselves just because of Rs 2,000 scheme is an insult to farmers. I am shocked, even the media was abused. They said elections were won because of the media. What do such they mean? That media is on sale? Does same logic apply to Tamil Nadu and Kerala??"

Jun 26, 2019 2:24 pm (IST)

PM Modi's Rebuttal to Opposition's EVM Tampering Allegation | The Prime Minister of India upped the ante of his criticism against the collective Opposition by invoking the BJP's humiliating results in the past decades. "Some people kept talking about the EVM issue in this House. I want to tell them that there was a time when we were two MPs in the Parliament. People mocked us. But, we worked harder and won the trust of people. We did not make excuses and blame the polling booth," he said. 

Jun 26, 2019 2:21 pm (IST)

Citing the constituencies where the Congress party won the elections, PM Modi continued to chastise the Rahul Gandhi's led Grand Old Party. "Did India lose in Wayanad? Did India lose in Rae Bareli? Did India lose in Trivandrum, what about Amethi? What kind of argument is this? If Congress loses then does that mean India lost? There is a limit to arrogance. Congress could not win a single seat in 17 states," he said.

Jun 26, 2019 2:18 pm (IST)

PM Modi's Blistering Attack on Congress | Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a direct attack on the Congress party for referring to the Lok Sabha election results as "loss of democracy". He questioned the Congress if the idea of India and that of the Grand Old Party is the same or not. "Do our friends in the Congress Party feel if they do not win, India does not win? Are India and the Congress Party the same thing? No, they are not. Important to respect our electoral process and democracy. 

Jun 26, 2019 2:15 pm (IST)

PM Modi's Critique of the Opposition | At the Rajya Sabha today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi berated the Opposition for questioning the voters. He said, "I was saddened when some leaders said- the BJP and allies won the elections but the nation lost, democracy lost. I want to clearly say that such statements are unfortunate. Why question the wisdom of voters." 

Jun 26, 2019 2:13 pm (IST)

'People Want Stable Govt': PM Modi | Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "It is after long that a Government with full majority won once again with a full majority. In this mandate we see wish of the people for stability. Infact, this trend of stable governments is being seen in many states as well."

Jun 26, 2019 2:09 pm (IST)

PM Modi's Reply to Motion Of Thanks on President's Address | Dubbing the outcome of the 17th Lok Sabha elections a 'healthy democracy', PM Narendra Modi said, "This election was special and historic. It was only for a second time that a party got a clear majority, which is a sign of a healthy democracy."

Jun 26, 2019 2:06 pm (IST)

While acknowledging the outstanding support of the voters, Prime Minister Narendra Modi  also prayed for the good health and quick recovery of former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and paid tributes to Late  Madanlal Saini.

Jun 26, 2019 2:05 pm (IST)

PM Modi Thanks Voters | PM Narendra Modi greeted the Members of the Upper House of the Parliament and thanked the electorates for giving his government a second term to serve the country.

Jun 26, 2019 2:03 pm (IST)

PM Modi Begins Address | Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins his address in the Rajya Sabha in reply to President Ram Nath Kovind's Motion of Thanks.

Jun 26, 2019 1:58 pm (IST)

PM Modi Quotes Rajiv Gandhi to Corner Congress | Prime Minister Modi slammed the Congress leadership quoting purportedly from a recent interview given by Arif Mohammad Khan in which he had talked about the party leadership during late PM Rajiv Gandhi’s time saying "were of the opinion that it was not the job of the Congress party to reform Muslims, (they said) “if they want to lie in the gutter, let them be”." Modi, who offered to share Youtube links of the interview, called the Congress' alleged attitude shameful.

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Parliament LIVE: PM Modi Condemns Jharkhand Lynching But Says Wrong to Blame Entire State for Incident

Rubbing salt into the wounds of Congress after poll rout, PM Modi on Tuesday said the party and its leaders had "risen so high", and wished them luck to go even higher. The remark, lacked with sarcasm, drew cheers from the NDA lawmakers.

"You have risen so high that you have been uprooted from the ground. Our aim is to remain closer to the people at the grassroots and strengthen them," he said in Lok Sabha while replying to the customary motion of thanks on the President's address.

Meanwhile, significant bills will be tabled in the Lok Sabha today. These include bill to amend Special Economic Zones Act, 2005, amendment bill of Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016, the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 and the Prevention of Money-laundering Act, 2002.​
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