PM Modi says that violence was perpetrated in many States in the name of anti-CAA protests. Constitution was invoked to cover up undemocratic activities, he says.

He refers to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s alleged comments in the Assembly that demonstrations in the State were being triggered by extremist elements. “How can you support such protests across the country when you oppose them in your own State,” he says.

The PM cites statements by Lal Bahadur Shastri: “East Pakistan, as an Islamic state, is removing Buddhists, Christians and non-Muslims.”

He then refers to a statement by Shastri given when he was the Prime Minister : “All our State governments have accepted the resettlement of refugees. We thank the States for this …”

He then says that the Opposition will now term Shastri too as a Hindu-Muslim divider.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins speaking.

Countering the claims made by the Opposition, he says that there have been many firsts for Jammu and Kashmir under the BJP government’s rule, including extending reservation for the underprivileged, establishment of an anti-corruption bureau in the State, control on cross-border funding to separatists, improved curbs on terrorism, more benefits to central government workers that are on par with the rest of the country, peaceful BDC and gram panchayat elections, and so on.

He further says that under the NDA’s rule, the northeastern states have ‘joined the rest of India on a developmental journey’, which was ‘unprecedented in the last 40-50 years.’

Referring to the GST tax regime, he says that India is a federal country and each State has its own needs. He adds that the issues he had taken up as a Chief Minister, he has resolved now as a Prime Minister.

The PM adds that though many in the House had made fun of digital transactions in the past, they are now being used extensively in tier 2 and 3 cities.

This government has set up 100 operational airports, as compared to 65 earlier, he says.