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Congress refused to accept Karpoori Thakur as LOP, says PM Modi

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New Delhi, Feb 5: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while replying to the Motion of Thanks on the President’s address in the Lok Sabha on Monday, referred to an incident when former Bihar Chief Minister late Karpoori Thakur, who was popularly known as Jan Nayak, was humiliated by the combined forces of the Congress and other parties in Bihar.
PM Modi also accused the Congress and the erstwhile UPA government of doing injustice to the backward communities.
The Prime Minister said that while Congress leaders keep counting the number of OBCs in the government, they fail to see the biggest OBC leader.
The Prime Minister also said that the previous UPA government did injustice to OBCs.
Referring to Karpoori Thakur, Modi said his government honoured him by posthumously conferring the Bharat Ratna on the leader who represented the backward communities.
The Prime Minister asked the Congress about the presence of OBC leaders or officials in the National Advisory Council (NAC), as he called the NAC an extra constitutional body. He also said that the government had no authority over the NAC.
He then accused the Congress and said that efforts were made in 1970 to remove Karpoori Thakur as the Chief Minister to destabilise his government.
The Prime Minister said that the Congress could not tolerate a ‘backward’ person.
Sajjan Kumar Singh, a political analyst and researcher, said that as happened in 1968, when Karpoori Thakur was ousted from power by the Congress and B.P. Mandal, on August 12, 1987, he was removed from the post of leader of opposition in the Bihar Assembly by the Congress and the followers of Mandal from his own party.
Karpoori Thakur died six months later on February 17, 1988.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his reply to Motion of Thanks on President’s Address in Lok Sabha on Monday, named two former Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi and called out ‘inadequacies’ of the chair that they held.
PM Modi – addressing the last session of Lok Sabha – started his speech by training guns at the Congress for fostering ‘parivaarvad culture’ at the cost of its top leaders.
Mocking the Opposition for a lackluster performance in an election year in Lok Sabha, PM Modi touched upon statements of two former Congress Prime Ministers to point out their ‘lack of faith’ in their own citizens.
Recalling former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s Independence speech in 1959, he said: “Nehru had said from Red Fort that Indians don’t have a habit of working hard. He said that we Indians don’t work as hard as those in Europe, Japan, China, Russia and the US. Nehru thought that Indians are lazy,” PM Modi said.
“Nehru thought that Indians were lazy and less intelligent,” PM Modi said, amid slogan-shouting and angry protests by Congress parliamentarians.
PM Modi also stated how former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi mentioned once that Indians ‘run away’ from difficulties and obstacles. Lambasting the Congress leadership for prioritising ‘one family over everything’, PM Modi said that the grand old party never trusted the countrymen and its capability. (IANS)

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