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Highlight welfare schemes, fight Cong ‘lies’: PM to party | India News

NEW DELHI: While exhorting BJP MPs to highlight schemes like free ration to BPL families to counter opposition parties’ allegations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asserted that providing relief to the people is the government’s responsibility and not a favour.
“The pandemic is a humanitarian crisis… the government has ensured that no one dies of hunger during the crisis period. However, let’s be clear that providing relief to the people is government’s responsibility and not a favour,” Modi said in the BJP parliamentary party meeting on Tuesday and asked the MPs to launch an extensive campaign against the opposition, especially Congress “lies” about the Covid management in the country.
While senior leaders, including home minister Amit Shah, defence minister Rajnath Singh, party president J P Nadda were also present, Modi hit out at Congress saying a party which has been reduced to barely two to three states is not doing its job as an opposition party. Modi said Congress leaders, after being in power for decades, have developed a sense of entitlement due to which they are not ready to accept their defeat .
“Congress party is in a state of coma but unable to accept the fact BJP is in power and its popularity has been surging,” the PM said.
He referred to the PMGKAY scheme saying that feeding over 80 crore people from all castes and communities during the pandemic isn’t an easy exercise. Modi maintained that Covid was not a political but a humanitarian issue but the opposition has been behaving irresponsibly. He reiterated that the government was willing to hold discussions in both Houses of Parliament, but the opposition was not cooperating. He also asked the MPs to ensure that Covid vaccination drive is carried out smoothly in the constituencies. Parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi shared details of the meeting and said that the PM expressed concern about the attitude of the opposition, especially the Congress which still believes that only it has the right to be in power. “Such a pandemic has not been witnessed by the world for almost 100 years. Last time, in such a situation, people faced a severe food shortage, but this time the government ensured that no one slept hungry, Joshi said quoting the PM.




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