Just as the House adjourned for the day after the Prime Minister’s speech, in which he said consensus was more important than majority rule, and adoption of a resolution in the House, Modi exchanged pleasantries with some members, cutting across party lines.
“We are wearing similar clothes” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said sharing a lighter moment with Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge.Just as the House adjourned for the day after the Prime Minister’s speech, in which he said consensus was more important than majority rule, and adoption of a resolution in the House, Modi exchanged pleasantries with some members, cutting across party lines.While most leaders from the Congress benches had left, Kharge, was there watching from the other side of the aisle. He was about to leave when home minister Rajnath Singh called him out. Kharge responded saying “Modiji….. Dil nahi mile tho kya, haat tho mila sakten hain (even if hearts dont meet, we can shake hands).” He then went over to the Prime Minister and shook hands with him. Modi, who like Kharge, was wearing a white-kurta pyjama and cream Nehru jacket, then took note of the similarity in clothes and two laughed. Kharge then also shook hands with the home minister.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The differences during the debate were apparently put aside. Kharge had contested the Prime Minister’s claim that his government had ensured minimum pension of Rs 1000 to benefit those under EPFO, saying it was the UPA government that had taken the decision. Kharge had sparked an uproar from the treasury benches on Thursday when he said “any attempt to review the Constitution could result in…consequences.” The word he used was expunged by the Chair after Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu called it an attempt to “threaten” the government.Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, who had demanded during the debate an assurance from the government that the Constitution would not be amended further and that there would be no review of reservation as suggested by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, also came up to Modi and the two shook hands and exchanged pleasantries.Before that, senior leader LK Advani, shook hands with Modi before he left the House. Advani, along with two other mps—Murli Manohar Joshi and Shanta Kumar besides another party veteran, Yashwant Sinha, had put out a statement taking on the BJP leadership after the NDA’s defeat in Bihar. While Shanta Kumar was present in the House, Joshi was out of town.During his speech, which was attended by a nearly packed House, after a two-day scathing debate on the Constitution and BR Ambedkar, Modi had reached out to the Opposition saying “the sanctity of the Constitution, it is our responsibility. We must not forget that people give us power when we move together in consensus… Consensus is more important than majority rule.”Modi not only rejected the idea of reviewing the Constitution saying it would be like committing suicide, he also praised the role of all previous governments.
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