Delivering his final speech at the 16th Lok Sabha before the General Elections slated to be held in April, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said India’s self-confidence is at an all-time high adding that such confidence adds momentum to the development of the country.
“India has made its place in the world,” PM Modi said while lauding his government’s achievements during the last five years.
PM Modi also congratulated the women MPs and ministers of the last five years. He said the 16th Lok Sabha saw the highest number of women members getting elected to the House and added that 44 first-time women MPs were elected to the Lok Sabha this time.
Lauding the country’s effort in combating global warming, the prime minister said while the world is discussing the issue, India has worked for the formation of the International Solar Alliance to mitigate the menace.
He further said the Lok Sabha during the BJP government has passed stringent laws against corruption and black money. Praising the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the PM said the process has revealed the spirit of cooperation and bipartisanship.
Taking a dig at Rahul Gandhi, PM said that he had heard about a certain “earthquake” but saw only planes flying in the House.
Further taking potshots at the Congress president over hug and wink, PM Modi, “This is the first time I learnt about ‘mistakes by the eyes’ (aankhon ki gustakiyan) that happens here.”
Earlier in the day, amid ruckus by the Opposition, the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on the 2015 Rafale jet deal was tabled in the Parliament.
The report said the deal sealed by the Modi government is 2.8 per cent cheaper than the one negotiated by the previous UPA government.
It further said India has managed to save 17.08 per cent money for the India Specific Enhancements in the 36 Rafale contract, compared to the 126 aircraft deal.