Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today, accused the Congress of insulting voters of the country by questioning the massive victory of the BJP in the Lok Sabha polls.Replying to the debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s address in the Rajya Sabha, Modi launched a scathing attack on the Congress, saying by questioning the mandate of the people, the opposition party has put voters in the dock.
“After such a big mandate, you say you (BJP) have won, but the country has lost….If the Congress loses, does the country get defeated. Does the Congress mean the country and country means the Congress. There is a limit of arrogance,” Modi said.
The Prime Minister said that by using such language the Congress has hurt voters of the country. Going by the Congress party’s arguments, he wondered whether victory of the Congress in Wayanad and Rae Bareli seats too were “defeat of the country”.
“Due to narrow-mindedness and perversity of thoughts, if some people do not accept mandate of the people by saying that ‘you may have won the election but the country has lost’, there can be nothing more insulting for our democracy than this,” he said.
Noting that the Congress was not able to win even a single Lok Sabha seat in 17 states, he said it was time for the Congress to introspect and “accept defeat”. Bringing up the issue of EVMs, PM Modi said, “Some people kept raising the EVM issue in this House.I want to tell them there was a time when we had just 2 MPs in Parliament. People made fun of us. But, we worked harder and won trust of people. We did not make excuses and blame polling booth.”
He also said, “We should appreciate how our electoral processes have improved over the years. In 1950s polling process took long time to complete. Violence and booth capturing were common in some places. Now, news is about rising voter turnout. This is a healthy signal.”