Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday took a jibe at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi ‘s ‘earthquake’ remark, saying that the nation finally felt the tremors yesterday. Referring to the earthquake in Uttarakhand and Delhi/NCR on the evening of 6 February, Modi said, “but at last the earthquake is here. I was thinking how did the earthquake come because the threat came long back. There must be some reason that Mother Earth became so upset.

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In December 2016, Rahul Gandhi had said, “If they allow me to speak in parliament, you will see what an earthquake will happen.” Modi was speaking in the Parliament during a discussion on the motion of thanks to the President’s address at a joint session of the Parliament.

He spoke about the Emergency of 1975-77 when democracy was under threat and the freedom of press was curtailed. Hailing India’s democracy and ‘Jan Shakti‘, he said that it is because of the power of the people that a man born to a poor family can become the Prime Minister of India.

Calling himself unlucky for not being able to fight in India’s struggle for Independence, he said that he was making up for it by working for a better India. Slamming the opposition for its criticism of the demonetization move, Modi said that the government was always open for a debate on the matter but it was the opposition that was too busy giving bytes to the media.

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