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PM Modi to address Lok Sabha today, a day after Rahul Gandhi's fiery speech comprising 'Hinduism' dig at BJP
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PM Modi to address Lok Sabha today, a day after Rahul Gandhi's fiery speech comprising 'Hinduism' dig at BJP

| @indiablooms | 02 Jul 2024, 11:17 am

New Delhi/IBNS: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Tuesday address the Lok Sabha during the Motion of Thanks to the President's Address, a day after Leader of Opposition and Congress MP Rahul Gandhi slammed the ruling dispensation over "Hinduism" triggering a furore in the lower house of Parliament.

Modi will address the Lok Sabha at 4 pm.

In the morning, the Prime Minister held a meeting with the MPs from the ruling coalition, NDA.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kiren Rijiju revealed the Prime Minister guided the NDA MPs about their "behaviour" and "conduct" in the House.

Rijiju said, "In a guidance, the Prime Minister has asked the MPs to prioritise the country always in all their works. Moreover, he has guided them about the kind of behaviour and conduct they should have in Parliament."

"The Prime Minister has encouraged the MPs to develop expertise and speak on areas in which they have interests besides raising voice on issues concerning their individual constituencies," he added.

Rahul Gandhi's 'Hindu' remark stirs row

Gandhi's "Hindu" remark on Monday led to a ruckus and even invited sharp criticism from Prime Minister Modi, who called his comment a "serious matter".

The Congress MP said, "Lord Shiva speaks about non-violence but (pointing towards the treasury bench) people who call themselves as Hindus are doing violence, spreading hatred and speaking lies."

In a strong rebuttal, Modi stood up and said, "Calling the entire Hindu community violent is very serious."

In a return, Gandhi raised his voice further and said, "Narendra Modi is not the entire Hindu society. BJP is not the entire Hindu society. RSS is not the entire Hindu society. This is not BJP's contract."

Gandhi had a heated exchange with Union Home Minister Amit Shah on the floor after the former showed Lord Shiva's portrait.

After the Congress MP showed the portrait of Lord Shiva, Speaker Om Birla objected to it saying, "No picture is allowed to be shown in the House."

When Gandhi displayed the portrait again, Shah stood up and said, "All rules of the House are being flouted. Despite being told not to, he keeps showing portraits."

The heated debate in the Lok Sabha has assumed significance as the ruling NDA is facing a competition from the opposition bench comprising INDIA allies after Modi's BJP failed to get the majority mark in the parliamentary elections.

While the BJP stopped at 240, it needed the mandatory support of the allies to form the government.

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