Delhi, Jun 24: Initiating the debate on Motion of Thanks on President's address to the Joint Sitting of Parliament, first-timer lawmaker Pratap Chandra Sarangi of BJP drew parallels between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Swami Vivekananda, who was born as Narendranath Datta.
Mr Sarangi, who is a Minister of State for Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries and Micro, Small and Medium Industries, said ''there was one Vivekananda whose earlier name was Narendra and now, our Narendra Modi, who had come from a humble background and rose to the ranks to become Prime Minister''. He also likened Mr Modi to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the first Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister of the country.
''One Sardar united India but our sardar (chief) will reach the last man in the ladder,'' he said in his maiden speech. Congress floor leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury during his speech countered BJP MP's argument that Prime Minister Narendra Modi could be compared with cyclonic monk Swami Vivekananda. Mr Sarangi, who is a social worker, said the speech of President Ram Nath Kovind to the Joint Sitting of Parliament was full of conviction and commitment.
Punctuating his speech with Sanskrit mantras and quotes in Bangla and Hindi and making references to parables in Ramayana liberally suggested that it is high time the opposition parties and chiefly the Congress must appreciate the good works of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.There was uproar in the House and Congress members were on their feet.
The 64-year-old MP from Balasore Mr Sarangi said people have rejected the dynastic politics.People's mandate should not be rejected and cited various schemes of the government which have benefitted the poor with no middlemen involved.
The Prime Minister was present in the House and smiled frequently during the speech.
"I remember former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had praised former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi whenever she had done good work in 1971. This too is an integral duty of the Opposition. But our current Opposition never does that - why, I wonder," said the Balasore MP."At least start introspecting now," said Mr Sarangi trying to take a potshot at Congress on their loss in the elections.
He took a dig at principal Opposition Congress for the scams committed during the UPA regime including 2G, 3G and Commonwealth Games. He called opposition parties to join hands for the progress of the country. He castigated the 'tukde tukde' gang and said ''we should not doubt the valour of our soldiers'', in reference to the air strikes taken up by the Modi government. ''Terrorism was struck at the source," he said.
The whole world is endorsing India's anti-terror policy, he said, adding that International Yoga Day was celebrated throughout the world and this is another achievement of the Modi government. ''You are not appreciating any of this, 'itna peeradayak jeewan (such painful life) ,'' he said pointing to the opposition benches.
The Prime Minister, Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh could be seen laughing at this.''We will work for next five years and give an efficient and hard-working performance,'' he said and asked for cooperation of the Opposition.He also sang a poem in Odia in praise of his native state Odisha. (UNI)