Home / News / India /  'Lotus will bloom': PM Narendra Modi take jibe at Opposition's sloganeering in Rajya Sabha

In a speech at Rajya Sabha today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the more his government is attacked, the more it will bloom. The Narendra Modi-led BJP holds the reins at the Centre, the party's symbol is a lotus flower, which grows in muddy water. PM was replying to Motion of Thanks in Rajya Sabha.

PM was replying to the allegations made by opposition members around the government favouring Gautam Adani and the family business. On January 25 morning (Indian time), US-based research firm Hindenburg Research released a report alleging Adani group and promoters of ‘fraud' claiming that they feel the companies' stocks will fall.

On the opposition's comments about not using Nehru's name for any government schemes, PM Modi said: "If Nehru's name was not mentioned in a programme for any reason, the Congress used to get agitated. However, I wonder why everyone from Nehru's generation is afraid to keep his surname? What are they ashamed of?"

Opposition leaders quickly rushed to the belly of the house when PM started his speech and started demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee investigation. In reply, PM said: "Jitna keechad uchhaloge, kamal utna hi khilega". 

"I want to tell the Opposition MPs, the more 'keechad' (sludge) you will throw at us, the lotus will bloom even more. So, you all have an equal role in making the lotus bloom, and I think all of them for that," PM said in the Parliament.

The PM was replying at the opposition leaders raising slogans at the BJP government's silence over the Adani Group and other issues amid chaos in the house.

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The moment PM Modi started his reply, the Opposition MPs started raising slogans of "Modi-Adani bhai-bhai" in Rajya Sabha.

To this, PM Modi said, "The country carefully hears what is said in this House. Some MPs are bringing disrepute to this House."

He further took a jibe at the opposition with a Hindi Shayari, "Keechad uske pas hai, mere pas gulal...jo bhi jiske pas tha usne diya uchaal".

Earlier, Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge said, "PM didn't answer our question on Adani issue yesterday. Modi ji always speaks diverting from the real issue. We raised questions on how Adani become a millionaire and how such lefty loans were given to him, but non were answered."

Meanwhile, Adani Group issued clarification after Himachal Excise and Taxation Department inspects stocks of Adani Wilmar on Thursday.

“The officials did not find any irregularities in the operations & dealings conducted by the company. We would like to clarify that the concerns specific to GST payments in cash, citing GST law under Rule 86B, company is not required to pay tax liability in cash," the company said.

"We would like to emphasise that this was a routine inspection carried out by the relevant authorities and there was no raid as previously stated or reported in the media," a Spokesperson for Adani Wilmar said.

With ANI inputs. 

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