Govt Responds to Allegations of NRI's Prime Minister
The Prime Minister will come to Parliament when it is needed, the ruling BJP today said, responding to opposition swipes about PM Narendra Modi\'s absence in the house.
New Delhi : The Prime Minister will come to Parliament when it is needed, the ruling BJP today said, responding to opposition swipes about PM Narendra Modi's absence in the house.
"When it's needed for the PM to attend house he will; he came to Parliament today. The PM has his responsibilities, he is doing his work," said Venkaiah Naidu, the Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister today.
"If needed the PM will speak, when it's his turn during the question hour he will be there. The PM is doing his job, the people are happy, only the opposition is unhappy, what can we do?" he added.
PM Modi was present in the Lok Sabha today when the opposition raised loud protests against one of his new ministers, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, for a hate speech and an expletive at a rally.
On Tuesday, the prime minister's absence provoked a litany of barbs from the opposition.
He had been present in the morning for a weekly BJP parliamentary party meeting, where he sternly cautioned MPs against "addressing the nation" out of turn.
"Forget bringing back black money from abroad. Please bring back our PM first," said the Left's Sitaram Yechury.
"Please grant a visa to the Prime Minister of India to come to the Rajya Sabha," said Trinamool Congress member Derek O'Brien.
Responding to those comments, Mr Naidu said today, "Where is the absence? Does Mamata Banerjee (Trinamool Congress leader) sit in the assembly from morning to evening? Some people are saying he's always abroad, when will he be back. Is this some joke?"
Opposition parties have made repeated jibes at the Prime Minister over his foreign visits. The Congress has alleged that since taking power in May, PM Modi has spent only one of every six days in India.
Mr Modi has visited nine countries in six foreign trips since he took over in May this year.