New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday began his speech in Parliament by thanking the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee. Modi thanked senior politicians as well as the MPs who have put forward their views over various key issues of the country.
Modi said the nation suffers if Parliament does not function properly. “The House is a place where debates are to take place. When Parliament sessions are not functional, the nation suffers and more than that the MPs suffer because they can’t discuss issues,” Modi said in his reply to the discussion in the Lok Sabha to the motion of thanks to the President’s address.
“Parliament is a forum where government is questioned and made to clarify its stand on various issues,” Modi said, adding “The sessions are fruitful if boundaries are maintained during a debate.”
During his speech, PM Modi invoked late Congress stalwarts and Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru and Rajiv Gandhi to urge the Opposition to let Parliament function “peacefully and responsibly”.
“It is not me saying this… These are the words of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi,” Modi told the Lok Sabha with most of the MPs present in the House.
He also referred to India’s first Prime Minister Nehru and his speeches in Parliament and urged the opposition to help the government pass crucial legislations, including the Goods and Services Tax bill.
“If house maintains decorum, we will be able to put our point of view in a better manner,” he said.
Modi also referred to Left leader Somnath Chatterjee who was Lok Sabha Speaker during the first UPA government from 2004 to 2009. 
“As far as disruptions are concerned, our former speaker and some members here whose guide and philosopher Somnath Chatterjee said that to disrupt are totally counter-productive.”

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