Jairam Ramesh reminds PM Modi, BJP of 2004 after decorum ‘sermon’
Earlier in the day, after PM Modi concluded his speech in Rajya Sabha, he had expressed his disappointment over the disruptions in the House by opposition members.
Amid the chaos in the Rajya Sabha after Prime Minister Narendra Modi replied to the Motion of Thanks on President's address on Thursday, senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh recalled the stormy first session of the 14th Lok Sabha when Manmohan Singh was the Prime Minister.
In 2004, after the general election, the BJP -- that time in opposition -- had demanded "tainted ministers" be dropped from the council of ministers. That time, only two members could speak when the motion of thanks on then President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam's speech was moved.
On Thursday, PM Modi in his 90-minute speech hit out at opposition for creating ruskus in the House, as the OOpposition members kept on shouting for a probe by a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) into allegations raised against the Adani Group by the US-based Hindenburg Research firm.
Modi said, "Jitna keechad uchaloge, kamal utna hi zyada khilega (the more dirt you fling, the bigger the lotus - the election symbol of BJP - will bloom)."
"Some people's behaviour and language are disappointing not just for the House but for the country," he said in a veiled reference to the allegations opposition parties levelled against him.
With agency inputs.
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