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PM Narendra Modi lowered nation’s prestige abroad: Opposition

Congress deputy leader Anand Sharma had given a notice for suspension of business and discussion over the PM’s remarks.

Updated: Apr 29, 2015, 01.38 AM IST
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Congress deputy leader Anand Sharma had given a notice for suspension of business and discussion over the PM’s remarks. 
Congress deputy leader Anand Sharma had given a notice for suspension of business and discussion over the PM’s remarks. 
NEW DELHI: The Opposition has criticised certain remarks made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his recent visit to Europe and Canada. Congress led the Opposition in raking up the issue in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

The Opposition insisted that by saying, "India used to beg for UNSC seat" and ‘scam India’, Modi had lowered the prestige of the country. While Modi was not present in the House as he was hosting Afghan president Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, House leader Arun Jaitley and parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu rebutted the Opposition claims.

Congress deputy leader Anand Sharma had given a notice for suspension of business and discussion over the PM’s remarks. Leader of the Opposition GN Azad too had given a separate notice for a discussion on voting rights to NRIs, leading to the treasury benches claiming that there was a conflict in two notices.

Seeking a clarification, Sharma said, "the prime minister said in Germany on April 14 that before this day India used to beg for a UNSC seat but now it will not beg... India has never begged... In Toronto, Canada, the PM said before he became PM it was ‘scam India’ but now it is skill India.

India cannot be a scam... The prime minister has tarnished the image of India and lowered its prestige." Intervening on behalf of the government, Jaitley took jibes at Congress and Sharad Yadav for siding with a party ‘associated with corruption’ after fighting against it for decades.

"There is no gag order and the Prime Minister of India is perfectly entitled to say what happened in the last 60 years. We will break away from that and present an honest government to the people of India," Jaitley said.

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