Don't insult voters' sentiment by blaming EVM: PM Narendra Modi in Rajya Sabha

PM Narendra Modi slammed Congress for objecting to every 'progressive' idea, cites debate over Aadhaar, EVMs, GST as example. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 26, 2019, 02.21 PM (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday launched a stinging attack on Opposition parties especially Congress over their allegations on EVM discrepancies, saying it amounted to insulting the vote of the people.

"Some people kept talking about the EVM issue in this House. I want to tell them that there was a time when we were two MPs in the Parliament. People mocked us. But, we worked harder and won the trust of people. We did not make excuses and blame the polling booth," he said. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his first Rajya Sabha address after re-election said those not ready to introspect and look into their shortcomings blame EVMs for their defeat.

"It is after a long time that a Government with a full majority was elected once again with a full majority. In this mandate, we see the desire of the people for stability. In fact, this trend of stable governments is being seen in various states too," Modi said.   

"I was saddened when some leaders said- the BJP and allies won the elections but the nation lost, democracy lost. I want to clearly say that such statements are unfortunate.  Why question the wisdom of voters," Modi questioned. 

He slammed the Congress party stating, "Their arrogance has no limits or what? well, arrogance shouldn't exist in the first place... but what do they mean. Did democracy lose in Wayanad and Raebareilly..?" Modi asked. 

Replying to Motion of Thanks on President's Address in Rajya Sabha, PM Modi asked for a collective endeavour from all MPs to make India a strong political economy.

(With inputs from agencies)