first_imgInvoking Rajiv Gandhi over disruptions, Modi read out a Invoking Rajiv Gandhi over disruptions, Modi read out a statement made by the former Prime Minister in which he had expressed “pain” over stalling of Parliament and said that while it hurts the government, it equally hurts the members of the opposition who want to raise issues of their concern. He said because of the will of Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, some bills were passed in Lok Sabha but those could not move ahead, suggesting that they got stuck in Rajya Sabha. Taking on the Congress for mocking at his ambitious project of constructing toilets, the Prime Minister sarcastically said that if this task had been accomplished earlier, he would not have had to do it. Similarly, he referred to the Bangladesh border dispute which was settled after four decades and told Congress benches, “You can say that if we had settled it, how would you do it. You may say that We left it for you to do.” He said 18,000 villages of the country were in darkness even so many years after Independence and this was the Congress “gift” which “we do not deny”. Responding to Congress contention that MNREGA was the baby of previous UPA government and that the NDA regime had repackaged and usurped it, Modi dwelt into the history and said such a programme had first been initiated in Maharashtra in 1972. He said such schemes for the poor have been going on for decades under various names and in different versions and that once Jawaharlal Nehrus name was “removed by same party which curses us”. On Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharges charge about corruption in MNREGA, the Prime Minister said, “I agree 1000 per cent” and went on to suggest that it was during the tenure of previous UPA government. He said CAG had said in its report of 2012 pointed out how corruption was linked to MNREGA. “We have tried to learn something from that. We are trying to make it foolproof and ensure that targeted people get benefits,” he added. CAG has said MNREGA has not reached most of the places inhabited by the poor, Modi said, adding his government has linked it to Jandhan and other schemes and “hopefully we will be able to eliminate the middlemen”. (More) PTI AMR AKK VSCadvertisementlast_img read more