Was Nehru Communal?

Hindu refugees, Muslim immigrants: PM Modi quotes Nehru to defend CAA

Someone had to become PM, so line was drawn and country was divided, says PM in Lok Sabha

PM asked why Nehru, who is considered a visionary, did not ask for inclusion of all people coming from other side of border

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday talked about the partition of India while outlining the oppression being faced by ‘Hindus, Sikhs and other minority’ segments in Pakistan.

“There is nothing wrong in having ambition to be the Prime Minister. But someone had to become the Prime Minister, so a line was drawn in India and the country was divided,” Prime Minister Modi said while replying in Lok Sabha to the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address. He later went on to highlight how after partition, “Hindu, Sikhs and other backward classes were oppressed in Pakistan”.

Prime Minister Modi further stated that former Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was in favour of protecting minorities in Pakistan.

“Pandit Nehru himself was in favour of protecting minorities in Pakistan, I want to ask Congress, was Pandit Nehru communal? Did he want a Hindu Rashtra?” he said.

During his detailed address in the house, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also touched upon a number of subject including Article 370, economic issues, political violence in West Bengal among others.

Modi is also scheduled to address the Rajya Sabha, later today.

No faith will be hit by CAA

“I want to clearly state that with the CAA coming, there will be no impact on any citizen of India of any faith. CAA does not affect any Indian, it doesn’t harm minority interests,” PM said in his more than 90-minute long reply.

Much had been said about CAA and by those “who love getting photographed with the group of people who want ‘tukde tukde’ of India.” We are different. We see everyone as Indian.”

Cong’s ’84 riots associate CM

Referring to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath and allegations against him linked to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots after Indira Gandhi’s assassination, PM Modi said: “Does a party that keeps talking about secularism not remember 1984 and the anti-Sikh violence? It was shameful. In addition, they did not make efforts to punish the guilty. A person who was associated with the 1984 anti-Sikh riots was made chief minister.”

Strong defence of NPR

PM Modi launched a strong defence of the NPR, saying it was being updated to allow the rightful beneficiaries get the benefit of government welfare schemes. In Rajya Sabha, he said the NPR was first done in 2010 and later updated in 2015. He said census and NPR are “usual administrative” processes which have been carried out previously as well but have now suddenly become contentious.

Top 10 quotes on Congress by PM Modi

Congress sees citizens on the basis of their faith, we see everyone as Indian.

Does a party that keeps talking about secularism not remember 1984 and the anti-Sikh violence?

I have decided to do more Surya Namaskars to be prepared for the beating that the Congress plans for me after six months.

In 70 years, no Congress leader has ever become self-sufficient.

I have been speaking for 30-40 minutes but it took this long for the current to reach.

I will resolve berozgaari (unemployment) in the country but I will not let your (Congress and other opposition parties) joblessness go away.

Congress abandoned Gandhi’s teachings decades ago. The nation doesn’t expect much from you.

Congress should talk about saving constitution 100 times a dayMaybe each time that you speak, you’ll realise its importance.

Had we also worked the way you did, nothing would have changed.

You (Congress) are sitting in opposition because of what you did.