NOIDA, Dec 31 - After a near-washout of the winter session of Rajya Sabha, where the GST Bill is still stuck, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today attacked Congress yet again and asked the party to take a New Year resolution to allow Parliament to function for the sake of development.
Having �enjoyed power� for over six decades, he contended that the Congress has no right to destroy the functioning of Parliament for �political reasons� and hold back the country�s development.
Modi was addressing a rally here after unveiling a plaque to mark the laying of the foundation stone of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway to be built at cost of Rs 7,566 crore that includes construction of 28-km long 14-lane Delhi-Dasna section. He called it the �highway of development�.
�I specially request them. Tomorrow is January 1. When you are celebrating New Year today, please also take a vow that you will not put hurdles in the functioning of Parliament any more, will allow Parliament to run, allow to the nation to move forward, will let it take decisions for the welfare of the poor people of the country and create opportunities for employment of the youths.,� he said addressing the public on the last day of 2015.
The Prime Minister said that his Government was making attempts to take one after another step for the poor. �There are some old laws, which have become obsolete keeping in mind the welfare of the poor and the economic development of the country. It has become necessary to bring new laws on many issues.
�This is the misfortune of the country that Parliament of India, where laws are made is not allowed to function now. Those who have been rejected by people have kept Parliament in a siege. They do not allow Parliament to run,� Modi said.
Urging all political parties to stop this practice, the Prime Minister singled out Congress, saying while he understands the �anger� of those who have yet not got a chance to form a government, Congress, which has �enjoyed� all kinds of power in the country for last 60 years, have no right to �destroy� Parliament for �political reasons�.
�I am not getting a chance to speak in Lok Sabha but I am making this request in Jan Sabha. People have sent us to Parliament to debate, discuss and decide by consultations together. It is our responsibility to accord priority to the work and complete it for which people have sent us here.
�This responsibility specially lies on those who have ruled the country for over 60 years. They know what is Government, what is Parliament and how necessary it is to have the Parliament function.
�More than us this is known to those (Congress) who have run governments in this country for 50-60 years and given dozens of Prime Ministers,� Modi said.
The Prime Minister asserted, �Theirs is also equal responsibility to run Parliament because this country has given them the opportunity to form government for 60 years.�
Noting that the nation will touch new heights if this view is taken, the Prime Minister again reminded Congress about its responsibility. �It is specially their responsibility to ensure that country�s development is not stopped because of their political reasons. They have more responsibility as people had given them opportunity to run the country for over six decades.
Remembering the 1857 uprising in Meerut, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the Expressway will show a way to freedom from