PM Modi speaks in Lok Sabha: Highlights

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday delivered a motion of thanks to the President's address in the Lok Sabha on the opening day of the budget session.

While pointing out that his government had ensured more funds for the states, Modi talked about the importance of accountability.

Here are the highlights from PM Modi's speech in Lok Sabha: 

· I appeal the Opposition to help pass important bills in both Houses of Parliament. 

· Bills that are to be passed are for the people of the nation. They are for eliminating the middlemen. 

· March 8 is International Women's Day & maybe that day only women members should speak in the Parliament. 

· We can also set time where only first time MPs can speak. This will bring a fresh perspective to the proceedings. 

· Opposition made fun of Make in India programme, it tarnishes India's image. It seems as if India is begging for investment.

· I realised how deeply you have ingrained poverty in our nation.

· In 1974, in IP College Indira Gandhi ji said that we shouldn't portray our nation as weak. 

· If there was no poverty MNREGA, NREGA was not required. 

· No one will deny that if Congress would have helped the poor in 60 years, the poor wouldn't still be facing trouble. 

· We are learning from failures of previous governments. 

· What bothers Opposition is our good performance. 

· I agree with Opposition that there is mass corruption in MNREGA. 

· Ordinance by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was torn in public. 

· Anyone has right to question us, we are answerable. 

· Our government has ensured more funds for states. 

· In 14 years, I have leared to live with criticism. 

· It is necessary that executives need to be accountable. No one is less than the PM.

· As a government we are accountable for our actions.

(Image courtesy: Lok Sabha)

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