Modi urges opposition to support bills passed by Lok Sabha

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New Delhi, March 9 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday urged the opposition in the Rajya Sabha to support bills already passed by the Lok Sabha, saying the country was waiting for the legislations to be passed.

He also put emphasis on cooperation between two houses to ensure the country progressed.

Describing the upper house as the “chamber of ideas”, Modi said there has be a “balance” between the two houses of parliament.

“They must cooperate with each other,” he said while replying to the debate in the Rajya Sabha on the motion of thanks to the President’s Address in parliament.

Modi said everybody has to work together to take the country forward.

“It’s not about blaming this or that government; we must cooperate with each other,” he said, striking a conciliatory tone.

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The prime minister said that the National Democratic Alliance government was a “policy-driven government” trying to ensure transparency in every sphere of life.

Modi said his government was also decentralising things since India was a big country and it was not good that the people have to come to Delhi for all sorts of clearances.

He also took a dig at the Congress, saying had the earlier governments led by the present opposition party worked properly, he would not have to do a lot of things as prime minister.

“Today, you are going around with a microscope (to find faults with my government). Had you tried working with a binocular, I would not have to work so hard now,” he said after Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad raised the issue of Jan Dhan Yojana.

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