Modi addresses Lok Sabha
Follow this live blog to know what Prime Minister has to say in the debate on the motion of thanks to the President's address
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the Lok Sabha.
Modi says India's greatest lesson to the world is that duties come first, and from duties emerge rights. He says the great man who said this was Jawaharlal Nehru.
The PM privileges duties over rights for the second time in his speech, citing Nehru for a change. Generally, Nehru has been seldom quoted by the PM and other BJP leaders.
The country is ready, says Modi. "Let us build a new India and move above party politics. Let us thank not just the President but also follow the spirit of his speech."
Our fight against corruption will continue, says Modi.
"We are being criticised for not putting people in jail. This isn't the Emergency that people will be thrown in jail. The courts will decide that. If someone gets jail, let him enjoy," Modi says amid applause.
He says it is time to think of a Universal Civil Code. The Congress got a chance at the time of the Hindu Code Bill and also during the Shah Bano case, he adds. Modi says the Congress should now support our Bill: it has a chance.
A Congress leader, Modi says, had said at the time of the Shah Bano case that if Muslims want to go into the "gutter", they may choose to do the same. Amid protests, the PM says he will send a youtube link.
India needs Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan, Jai Anusandhan (hail the soldier, the farmer, science and research) as its vision, Modi says.
He says tourism is a sector that India needs to promote more.
Modi says the scale of skill development needs to be increased.
Modi says that when India reached 12th or 13th position in terms of GDP, the House had celebrated.
But when the country reached sixth position, nothing was said, he adds. The PM, however, makes no mention of the dipping GDP growth figures as also unemployment, which official reports and even top economists have flagged.
We all should work hard with a dream, says Modi. Can anyone deny that India needs Make In India, he asks?
PM says he isn't here to criticise anyone, despite repeated digs at previous governments.
Modi says we have to bring down the input costs in agriculture.
Corporate investment in building cold storages is the need of the hour, he adds.
We need to empower farmers with a futuristic vision, he says.
We have to take the water crisis seriously, says Modi.
"I appeal to all honourable MPs and NGOs," he says. We have to look for ways to conserve water.
Lohia talked about the provision of water and toilets for the benefit of women, Modi says, adding that he does not know whether the present socialists think about it.
Modi says his government has looked to the provision of these for common people.
We started taking important decisions within three weeks of being voted back to power, says Modi.
We have decided to extend the benefits that children of army jawans got to children of police jawans too.
I can't count all that we did in the last three weeks, he says. We did all that we could, he adds.
It's not that earlier governments did not work, Modi says, adding construction of dams, etc., was mentioned in the House.
But why were the views of Ambedkar on water management not even mentioned, he wonders?
In 1857, the freedom struggle was organised.
But Mahatma Gandhi had a big contribution to make.
The 1942-47 period was a big turning point.
On the 150th anniversary of the Mahatma and the 75th anniversary of freedom, can we not transcend the language of rights to adopt the language of duties to the nation, he says?
He adds we have to think big as a nation of 130-crore people.
Modi says we have no bigger inspiration than Bapu.
We should remember those who sacrificed everything for the nation's freedom, he says.
It is time to remember Bapu, he adds. This cannot be a government's agenda but is the nation's agenda.
Today is the time to live for the country, just as people died for the country in colonial times.
People rose above caste and community to vote for democracy after the Emergency, says Modi.
This time too, the nation rose above caste, community, language and region to vote for the nation's bright future, he adds.
Democracy, which has been our culture for centuries and not something born of the constitution, was smothered, Modi says, referring to the Emergency of 1975-77.
The Emergency was clamped on the midnight of June 25, 1975.
The media was clamped down upon and opposition leaders put in jail, says Modi.
Modi says that not once during the UPA days was the Vajpayee government praised by the treasury benches. He adds that even the Narasimha Rao government was never mentioned. Modi says that even in this debate, Dr. Manmohan Singh was not mentioned even once.
We are not competition with you on high you have gone, Modi says, taking a dig at the Congress.
"You have risen so high that you have lost touch with the roots. I wish that you rise even higher. We are committed to being connected with our roots," says the PM.