Don’t bother about numbers, raise issue in public interest: Modi to oppn

New Delhi: Reaching out to the opposition on the first day of the monsoon session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said they need not “bother about their numbers” as their every word is “valuable” to the government. He urged all MPs to be impartial in the House and address issues related to the larger interest of the nation.

Addressing the media outside parliament before the commencement of the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha, Modi said, “When we come to Parliament, we should forget ‘paksh’ (treasury) and ‘vipaksh’ (opposition). We should think about issues with a ‘nishpaksh’ (impartial) spirit and work in the larger interest of the nation.” Underlining the importance of active opposition in a parliamentary democracy, Modi said he hopes the opposition “will speak actively and participate in House proceedings… I am hopeful that this session will be productive.”

“The role of an opposition and active opposition is the important prerequisite in a parliamentary democracy. The opposition need not bother about their numbers. I hope they speak actively and participate in House proceedings…their every word…every feeling is valuable to us,” he said. Talking about the newly constituted Lok Sabha, Modi said it is historic in various terms as the maximum number of women MPs have been elected to the lower house since the Independence.

With this statement from the Prime Minister, it is now being speculated that Will the Modi Government showing big heart and give the status of opposition leader to Congress?

Let us tell you that even in the previous Lok Sabha, no party was able to get the post of leader of opposition. And this time also the number game is telling same. The Congress is the biggest party in the opposition and it has a total of 52 MPs. While 10 per cent of the House is required for the post of Leader of Opposition, in this respect, 55 seats are required for the post of Leader of Opposition.
However, after the election results, the Congress party had given a statement that they do not have the enough number for leader opposition, so they will not even demand the post.

Modi said as this is the first session with new members, there will be a flow of new energy and a new enthusiasm will be reflected in the House to realise the aspirations of the people. The prime minister said his government worked on the principle of ‘sabka sath, sabka vikas’ (with all, development for all) during his first term and people reposed their faith in it for a second time. As a result, a government has been reelected with a clear majority after several decades.