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You want the ‘Old India’ where Indian Navy was used for family vacations? PM Modi tears into Congress’ narrative

PM Modi was addressing the Rajya Sabha on Motion of Thanks on the President's Address

Prime Minister Modi in his Rajya Sabha address today tore into the narrative build by those who mock his ‘New India’ campaign and claim they want their old India back.

PM Modi said, “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? India is not ready to go back to ‘Old India’.”

In September 2013, the then Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, in a major embarrassment to Congress had stormed into a press conference being addressed by Ajay Maken and torn up the ordinance on convicted politicians. Rahul Gandhi had called an ordinance brought out by his own government as ‘nonsense’ and given his personal opinion that the ordinance should be ‘torn up and thrown out’. In 2012, too, during a rally in Uttar Pradesh, Rahul had torn off a ‘list of promises’ made by Mayawati and Mulayam Singh to Uttar Pradesh during elections. In 1987, a holidaying group of Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi’s mother, her brother and a maternal uncle took INS Viraat on a family vacation to Lakshadweep.

He added he is shocked that schemes such as constructing toilets, Swachha Bharat, Jan Dhan and Yoga day are being mocked at. “Even Make in India programme was mocked at. Everything in the country is being looked at with negativity,” PM said.

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Expressing his pain on the Jharkhand lynching and deaths of children in Bihar due to AES outbreak, PM Modi said, “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 have the right to insult the state of Jharkhand. 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.”

He added that violence in Jharkhand, West Bengal or Kerala should be dealt with equality. He also said that strengthening Ayushman Bharat is a priority such that the affordable medical treatment can reach the poor.

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