Opposition attacks PM over absence
New Delhi, December 3
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday came under fire in both Houses of the Parliament with MPs questioning his continued absence in the ongoing winter session. Modi hasn’t been seen in the Parliament after attending the first day of the session.
Taking a dig on the PM’s absence, CPM’s Sitaram Yechury said Modi should come to Rajya Sabha, even though black money has not come from overseas bank accounts. “He should be given a visa to visit the House,” TMC’s Derek O’ Brien said. Congress’ Anand Sharma said the PM was visible only in newspapers and on television.Later in the day, TMC’s Dr Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, while participating in a discussion on natural calamities, said, “Our honourable PM has primarily become non-resident these days and has important foreign issues to address. He has no time for these small matters affecting the people of our country.” When asked about these remarks, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy said, “As long as Modi is hands-on, its not an issue. He is available..its an uncalled for statement.”
Meanwhile, BJP President Amit Shah Tuesday released a publication— Mission Overseas — that gives an account of the PM’s “successful” foreign visits. The publication has been brought out by the BJP Parliamentary Party under the supervision of Parliamentary Affairs Minister M.Venkaiah Naidu.
Speaking on the occasion, Naidu said, “Prime Minister has effectively repositioned the foreign policy of the country imparting it a new sense of focus, purpose, dynamism and a clear strategy. During the last six months, while India is on the rise, the world is waking up to India as it has emerged as the country to look at and be with.”
“We don’t need certificate from anyone. But when the US President says Prime Minister Modi is a man of action, the world takes serious note of it. Over the last ten years, our country has lost (a) certain space in the sphere of international diplomacy and it is now being recovered,” Naidu added.