Opposition puts obstacles in path of development: PM Modi | Kanpur News


KANPUR: Prime minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that in recent times, the trend of keeping ideology or political interests above the interest of the society and the country has started, but it should not go against the country. He accused the opposition of obstructing development works, saying they keep their political interests above that of society and the country.
“Many times, the opposition parties put some obstacles in the government’s work as they could not implement the decisions taken by them when they were in power,” the PM said while addressing virtually a programme on the 10th death anniversary of former Samajwadi Party Rajya Sabha member Chaudhary Harmohan Singh Yadav.
“Some people have started opposing the country by opposing the party and the individual because of the ideology. It is the responsibility of every political party that opposing a party or an individual should not turn against the country,” the PM said. “Ideologies have their place and should be. Also, there may be political ambitions, but the society is first and the country is first,” he added.
PM Modi further said that a party was bigger than an individual and a country bigger than a party as the existence of parties was because of democracy and the existence of democracy was because of the country. “Most of the parties in our country, especially all the non-Congress parties, have carried this idea to the ideal of cooperation and coordination for the country,” he said.
Citing examples, the PM said that when the India-Pakistan war happened, all the major parties stood with the government. “Even when the country conducted the first nuclear test, all the major parties stood by the side of the government. But when the country’s democracy was crushed at the time of emergency, then we all fought together to save democracy,” he said.
PM Modi said that socialism was not a matter of dispute. “Society is our moral, culture and nature. Lohia ji (Socialist leader Ram Manohar Lohia) used to talk about social culture… started the Ramayan Lila. He had envisioned protecting Ganga and Yamuna years ago. Today, his dream is being fulfilled through Namami Gange,” he said.
He added that Lord Krishna also said in the Gita that the soul is immortal, so those who live for society and service remain immortal even after death. “Be it Mahatma Gandhi in the freedom struggle or after independence the thoughts of Pt Deendayal Upadhyay, Ram Manohar Lohia, Jayaprakash Narayan all inspire us,” he said.
The PM also said that today is a very big day for our democracy as the new President has taken oath. “For the first time after independence, a woman from a tribal community is going to lead our country,” he said, hailing President Droupadi Murmu.
The PM stressed that for the service of society, it is also necessary that we accept the spirit of social justice, and adopt it. “Social justice means that every section of society should get equal opportunities, and no one should be deprived of the basic necessities of life. Dalits, dackward, adivasis, women, divyang, when they come forward, only then the country will go ahead.”
PM Modi further said that the thoughts of Lohia ji were carried forward by Harmohan Singh Yadav ji from the soil of Uttar Pradesh and Kanpur in his long political life.
“The contribution he made in the politics of the state and the country, the work he did for the society, the coming generations are getting inspiration from him,” he added.
Along with this, he said that “Harmohan Singh Yadav ji not only took a political stand against the Sikh massacre, but also came forward and fought to protect the Sikh brothers and sisters while risking his own.” Harmohan Singh Yadav was awarded Shaurya Chakra for display of valour in protecting the lives of several Sikhs during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
The PM said that Harmohan ji had worked during Atal ji’s time. “Atal ji used to say that governments will come and parties will be formed, but the country should remain. This is the soul of our country, democracy should always remain,” he added.
Harmohan Singh Yadav (October 18, 1921 – July 25, 2012) was a towering figure and leader of the Yadav community. He remained active in politics for a long time and served in various capacities as MLC, MLA, member of Rajya Sabha and chairman of ‘Akhil Bhartiya Yadav Mahasabha’. He was also instrumental in establishing many educational institutions in and around Kanpur with the help of his son Sukhram Singh.





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