Vajpayee was most popular PM: Modi

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 27 Aug 2018 09:01:50



PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that the late Atal Behari Vajpayee will always be remembered as the best MP, sensitive writer, best orator and the most popular Prime Minister. He also credited Vajpayee with bringing good governance to the mainstream and for injecting positive political culture in India.

In his monthly “Mann ki Baat” address to the nation, Modi said Vajpayee, who died on August 16, was a true patriot and it was during his tenure that the timing of presenting the national budget was changed. “Earlier, as was the British tradition, the budget used to be presented at 5 pm because in London Parliament used to start working at that time. In 2001, Atalji changed the time of presenting the budget to 11 am,” he said.

The Prime Minister added that Vajpayee framed the rules that made it possible to unfurl the tricolour in public places. “This provided a chance to more and more of our countrymen to unfurl our national flag. Thus, he brought our beloved tricolour closer to the common man.” The Prime Minister added that the nation will also be grateful to Vajpayee for bringing the 91st Amendment Act, 2003, which restricted the size of the cabinet in States to 15 per cent of the total seats in the State Assembly and also increased the limit under the anti-defection law from one-third to two-third.

“For many years, the political culture of forming a very large cabinet was being misused to constitute jumbo cabinets ... to appease political leaders. Atalji changed it. This resulted in saving money as well as resources.”

Describing the debate on holding Lok Sabha and assembly polls together a healthy sign for democracy, Modi said it was an appropriate tribute to former premier Atal Behari Vajpayee.He said efforts were afoot and discussions being held about simultaneously holding Lok Sabha and assembly polls. “The Government and the Opposition – both are putting forth their view points. This is a good development
and a healthy sign for our democracy.

“I must say that developing healthy traditions for a sound democracy, making constant efforts to strengthen democracy, encouraging open-minded debates would also be an appropriate tribute to Atalji,” Modi said in his monthly ‘Mann ki Baat’ radio address. Expressing condolence on the loss of lives in the Kerala floods, Modi said the entire nation stands with the people of the state.

The PM said, ‘‘In today’s pressing, hard times, the entire nation is with Kerala. Our sympathies are with those families who lost their loved ones. Loss of lives cannot be compensated, but I assure the grief-stricken families that in this moment of suffering and misery, a hundred and twenty five crore Indians stand by them, shoulder to shoulder. I earnestly pray for those injured in this natural disaster to get well soon. I firmly believe that the sheer grit and courage of the people of the State will see Kerala rise again.”

Modi said the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, passed earlier this month, will act as a deterrent against rape and will play an effective role in curbing crimes against women and young girls.

“No civilised society can tolerate any kind of injustice towards women. The nation will not tolerate those committing rapes. With this point in view, Parliament has made a provision of strictest punishment by passing the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill,” Modi said. Congratulating Indian players on their success at the Asian Games, Modi said they have won medals even in those sports in which the country’s performance was not “so good earlier”. “I wish to congratulate all players who have won medals for the country. I extend my best wishes to those players who are yet to compete,” Narendra Modi said.