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Modi hits back at Rahul, seeks Opp support

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, March 3 - Mixing aggression, wit and barbs, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today accused Congress of stalling Parliament because of �jealousy� and �inferiority complex� of its leadership even as he appealed for Opposition support for �improving� governance while sidestepping the raging controversies surrounding JNU and Hyderabad University.

In his 75-minute speech in the Lok Sabha, he paid back in sarcasm to the attack, particularly by Rahul Gandhi, yesterday over various initiatives of his government, including the �Make-in-India� programme and MNREGA.

However, at the end of his speech winding up the debate on the motion of thanks to the President�s address, the Prime Minister held out an olive branch to the opposition seeking its cooperation in running the government for the benefit of the people and the country.

�We need to make an atmosphere of improving trust. If you have suggestions, please do offer. I would like the government to adopt these habits. Government also needs to improve and this would not happen without your support. I need your support. I need you people, your experience.

�I am new. You are experienced. Let us walk shoulder to shoulder and do some good work for the nation. Governments may come and go. People may come and go. Things may fail or succeed but the country will remain immortal. And we will work for the fulfilment of the country,� he said reaching out to the Opposition.

After the Prime Minister�s reply, the House rejected all opposition amendments, including one by division insisted upon by BJD leader Batruhari Mahtab, and adopted the motion. � PTI

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