New Delhi, Feb 08: India is a land of opportunities, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said. The PM was replying in the Rajya Sabha to the Motion of Thanks on the President’s address.
We should not let go of the opportunities, the PM also said. The world is watching India as it has become a land of opportunities, the PM also said. The eyes of the world are on India. There are expectations from India and there is confidence that India will contribute to the betterment of our planet, the PM said.
The pandemic has taught us a lot. If India was not able to handle itself, then it would have a disaster for humanity, the PM said. We fought an unknown enemy, the PM said. Every Indian fought the pandemic and helped each other.
People are indulging in criticism. I appreciate criticism, but do not indulge in it necessarily, the PM said, while praising the efforts of the front line workers.
While Prime Ministers have not taken part in the debate on the President’s address in the Lower House twice-1999 and 2009, they did not speak in the Rajya Sabha either. In 1999, deputy PM, L K Advani had replied to the motion of thanks on the President’s speech in the Lok Sabha, while Jaswant Singh had addressed the Rajya Sabha.
In 2009, Union minister Pranab Mukherjee had replied in both houses. A Hindustan Times report says that there were four instances when the PM did not address the Upper House, but spoke only in the Lok Sabha.
PM Modi was to address the Lok Sabha on Friday, but the disruptions washed out three days of proceedings.