By Newsgram Staff Writer
The current imbroglio caused by the opposition in Parliament has now been attributed to “some people’s egos” by Prime Minister Narendra Modi while also saying that he would take the obstruction to the people’s parliament and let them decide on the contentious issue.
“People of this country will never forgive political parties for their conduct in parliament. Some people, due to their ego, did not let the parliament function. This is most unfortunate.
“I have come here to say that the Jan Sabha (people’s parliament) is bigger than the Lok Sabha. I am taking my Lok Sabha case to the Jan Sabha of people,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a public rally organised in Chandigarh.
However, the four-hour-long visit during which the Prime Minister inaugurated Chandigarh airport’s new civil terminal and addressed the convocation of the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) itself created disruptions for the people.
Nearly 200 schools were ordered shut in Chandigarh on Friday even as the police blocked roads to ensure smooth movement of Modi’s cavalcade. Access to critical healthcare services were visibly slowed down with ambulances being directed to long detours to reach hospitals.
The main cremation ground in sector 25, located next to the ground where Modi addressed the rally on Friday afternoon, too was out of bounds for people. Cremation of loved ones could only be done at the cremation grounds in nearby Mohali and Mani Majra.
Later, to address the aam aadmi’s grievances, Modi expressed regret over the harassment and inconvenience caused.
“The inconvenience caused to the citizens of Chandigarh, especially shutting of schools, due to my visit is regretted and was totally avoidable.
“An inquiry will be held and responsibility fixed for the inconvenience caused to the people of Chandigarh,” Modi tweeted.
On the other side, during the rally, Modi raised a wide array of issues afflicting the Indian state and urged the people to question their MP’s before voting for them.
“We are running the government to take the country forward and attain development. You have given us the clear majority to run the government. Without bothering for the 400 MP’s in Lok Sabha, 40 people (MP’s) created obstacles in the development of this country. This was an insult to the democracy in this country,” Modi said.
On the recent decision of One Rank, One Pension for ex-servicemen (OROP), Modi said credit should not be given to the government but to “the poor and common people” and added that though the amount incurred was not less, it was “small when seen in light of the sacrifices made by our soldiers”.
Shifting his attention to the health sector at the 34th convocation of the PGIMER, Modi told the medical fraternity that people were now moving from treatment of illness towards achieving wellness.
“Doctors who focus on patients were more successful than those who focus on the disease. Be compassionate (to patients) as doctors. Common people consider you as gods. Address wellness and well-being, not the illness alone.
“Things are changing in our society. People want to be away from medicines. Yoga is one tool to achieve that,” Modi, the yoga propounder said.
Besides emphasising on wellness, Modi reminded doctors about the obligation to their motherland.
“Many of you must have ready passports or have applied for visa. But you have an obligation towards the poor of its country,” Modi said.
Modi made the most of the inflexion date of the convocation with the 9/11 attacks by relating death and life, both choices that we have the power to make.
“To kill is very easy, but to keep someone alive or to give life is more important. You doctors are doing that,” Modi concluded with the inspirational play of words.