Jairam Ramesh takes dig at ‘non-biological PM’ after Modi’s Lok Sabha jibe, says ’attendance, not absence’

Congress spokesperson Jairam Ramesh has hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks against the opposition by taking a jibe over Modi's claims of being ‘non-biological’ and countering his statements in Lok Sabha.

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Updated24 Jun 2024, 12:16 PM IST
Congress leader Jairam Ramesh addresses a press conference at AICC HQ, in New Delhi (PTI Photo/File)
Congress leader Jairam Ramesh addresses a press conference at AICC HQ, in New Delhi (PTI Photo/File)(PTI)

Congress spokesperson Jairam Ramesh has hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks against the Opposition in Parliament of engaging in “slogans and drama.”

Responding on X, Ramesh took a jibe at Modi's claims of being “non-biological.”

“The non-biological PM is telling the Opposition: substance, not slogans. INDIA is telling him: consensus, not confrontation,” Ramesh wrote.

“The non-biological PM is telling the Opposition: discussion, not disruption. INDIA is telling him: attendance, not absence,” he added.

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First Lok Sabha session after 2024 elections

The first session of the 18th Lok Sabha began today (June 24) with the oath-taking ceremony by Prime Minister Modi and newly elected members. President Droupadi Murmu also administered the oath to BJP lawmaker Bhartruhari Mahtab as the pro-tem Speaker of the Lok Sabha.

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The official Lok Sabha speaker will be elected on June 26, followed by President Murmu’s address to a joint sitting of both Houses the next day, June 27. The session will conclude on July 3.

The Opposition alliance INDIA bloc is expected to target the NDA government on several issues during the session, including rising prices, food inflation, deaths due to an unprecedented heatwave, and recent irregularities in exam administration, including NEET UG, NEET PG, UGC NET, and others. These irregularities have caused unrest among students and raised concerns about the effectiveness of the institutions responsible for conducting exams.

Today marks the first session of the 18th Lok Sabha following the general elections, in which the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) secured 293 seats and the INDIA bloc obtained 234 seats.

Also Read | PM Modi takes dig at Oppn, remembers 1975 Emergency as ’black spot’ | 10 quotes

Modi's digs at Opposition

Modi sent a message to the opposition, saying that the “nation needs a responsible opposition, and people want substance, not slogans, diligence, not disturbance.”

He told the Opposition parties to meet the expectations of the people by focusing on substance over slogans and maintaining the dignity of democracy. “The people of the country expect good steps from the Opposition. I hope that the Opposition will live up to the expectations of the common citizens of the country to maintain the dignity of democracy. People do not want drama, disturbance. People want substance, not slogans. The country needs a good opposition, a responsible opposition and I have full faith that the MPs who have won in this 18th Lok Sabha will try to fulfil these expectations of the common man,” he said. 

During his address, Modi also mentioned that the Emergency's 50th anniversary falls on June 25, describing it as a “black spot” on India's democracy when the Constitution was “completely rejected”.

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First Published:24 Jun 2024, 12:16 PM IST
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