Opposition is creating a ‘North-South’ divide: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi continued his broadside at the Congress party in the Rajya Sabha, accusing the opposition party of creating a North-South narrative to divide the country.

Modi went on to take a swipe at the “outdated” Congress and former president Rahul Gandhi and by stating that he hoped that the party secured at least 40 seats in the 2024 Lok Sabha election.

“A nation is not just a piece of land for us. For all of us, it is an inspirational unit…If one limb of the body doesn’t function, the entire body is considered disabled. Similarly, if one corner of the country is devoid of development, the country cannot become developed… The language that is being spoken today, new narratives are being built out of political selfishness to break the country…,” he said Wednesday in the Upper House of Parliament during the discussion on the Motion of Thanks on the President’s address.

The prime minister had addressed the Lok Sabha on Monday in which he said that the Congress party has resolved to sit in the opposition for a long time. He had expressed confidence that the BJP alone would get 370 seats, and the NDA bloc tally 400 seats.

“What can be a bigger misfortune for the country?…Such a mindset is coming out of a national party. It is unfortunate!…Our tax, our money! What language is being used? This is dangerous to the future of the country,” he said, without naming Congress MP DK Suresh’s ‘separate nation’ comment over alleged disparities in the allocation of funds.