Congress once again stopped Rajya Sabha from functioning on Thursday over summons issued by a court to Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul in the National Herald case, PM Modi expressed “sorrow” that disruptions have resulted in many ‘pro-poor’ measures getting stuck. “It is a matter of sorrow that the poor are not being able to get their rights due to disruption of parliamentary proceedings,” said the PM specifically mentioning the move to bring in a legislation for hiking bonus for those in low-income jobs.
“Due to Parliament not running, a particular law is also stuck up, which we have brought to enhance the bonus amount of the poor in jobs from Rs 3,500 to Rs 7,000. This also seeks to increase the salary ceiling for giving bonuses from the existing Rs 7,000 to Rs 21,000. Is this not directly a work for the poor?” asked the PM indicating that he was more concerned about the fate of such legislations than what happens to the Constitutional amendment being brought for implementation of GST.
“The talk is only centred on GST vs Parliament. Whatever has to happen with the GST, it will be done in consultation with everybody to decide the fate of India but what about the poor, what about the common man?” he asked.
Though Modi , who was speaking at a media event, did not name Congress even once, there was little doubt as to who his target was.