The Parliament has seen frequent disruptions during the monsoon session with the opposition demanding a discussion on the Pegasus issue (ANI)
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday referenced the Indian hockey team's historic bronze-owning effort at Tokyo Olympics to slam the Opposition for continued disruption of Parliament, saying these parties were shooting "self-goals" for political gains and the country cannot become hostage to such "selfish" politics.
Listing three significant developments associated with August 5 - Indian hockey team's 5-4 win over Germany for the Broze medal match, abrogation of Article 370 two years ago and the ground breaking ceremony for Ram Temple in Ayodhya a year back - the PM said when India is progressing rapidly on every front, the opposition seems busy trying to halt the march.
"Those who are worried only for their position can't stop India now. The new India is after 'padak' (medals) and not 'pad' (posts). Hard work and not the family will be the way to progress in New India," Modi said. He also accused the opposition parties of trying to stop development of the country.
In a virtual address after his interaction with beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) in UP, hours after Indian hockey team ended a four-decade medal drought, Modi listed out the changes and achievements that India has made.
"On one hand our country, our youths are achieving new milestones for India, they are scoring goals for victory, while there are some people in the country who are engaged in self-goal for political selfishness. They are not concerned with what the country wants, what the country is achieving, how the country is changing," he said.
Referring to the continued logjam in Parliament, the PM said opposition parties are trying to derail the agenda of the country's development and weaken the spirited fight of the Indians against the pandemic.
Signifying the importance of August 5, he said, "It was on 5th August 2 years ago that the country further strengthened the spirit of 'Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat' by abrogating Article 370, making every right and facility available to every citizen of Jammu & Kashmir. A wait for hundreds of years for crores of Indians ended on this day last year when construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya started .. and the youth of the country today restored the golden glory of the Indian hockey after a gap of over four decades."
Modi also talked of landmark 50 crore Covid vaccinations and record GST collection of Rs 1.16 lakh crore in July signalling a new momentum in the economy. He also cited high monthly agricultural exports, sea trials of the first 'Made in India' aircraft carrier Vikrant, completion of highest motorable road in the world in Ladakh and launch of e-Rupi.
The PM said in the past decades, UP was always seen through the prism of politics. It was not even allowed to discuss how the state can play a better role in the development of the country. He said the 'double engine' government has changed the way people look at UP's potential.