THRISSUR: Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi believes in constructive criticism of the NDA government in the Parliament, not opportunist ‘political plays’ on the floor. BJP treats Congress as its principal political rival and Communists as its ideological rivals but not enemies, and there was nothing wrong in criticising the government but it should be for a good cause, he said.
He was speaking after releasing a book on the life of BJP leader, O Rajagopal, ‘Rajarshi of Kerala’ written by Kinavallur Sasidharan, in Thrissur.
“There has been a rot in the functioning of Assemblies and Parliament in the past, with the level of discourses coming down. But after Narenda Modi came to power, there has been an improvement in the functioning of the Parliament,” he said.
The BJP believes in ideas of ‘discuss, debate and decide’ and ‘do not disturb’, and that should be the order of the day, he said.
In parliament, one can talk out and walk out, but not try to break out, but unfortunately this is often being happened, he said. The parliamentarians and legislators should set examples for younger generations at a time when the values, systems, customs and traditions of life are being broken day by day.
The legislators should see the sufferings of the oppressed as even after 67 years of independence, almost 25 per cent of the people are living “below the poverty line”, lacking in drinking water, road connectivity and other amenities. So let us stop the opportunistic politics, which is a great threat to the country, and both state and Centre should come together to build a strong ‘Team India’, he said.The Union Minister released the book ‘Rajarshi of Kerala’ giving a copy to M P Veerendrakumar. The Minister released another book ‘Open Letters’ by Adv P S Sreedharan Pillai on the occasion, giving a copy to P K Krishnadas.
Therambil Ramakrishnan, MLA, presided over the function which had BJP state president V Muraleedharan as chief guest. Adv P S Sreedharan Pillai delivered introductory speech. Adv B Gopalakrishnan introduced the book to the audience. BJP leader O Rajagopal, M P Veerendrakumar, P K Krishnadas, Dr P V Krishnan Nair and A Nagesh spoke.