Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Lok Sabha Thursday, March 3, 2016. Picture: Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Feb 23, 2016.IANS

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hit out at the Opposition for stalling important pieces of legislation such as the the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, during his speech in Parliament Thursday, according to Lok Sabha TV

Delivering the motion of thanks on the President's address in Lok Sabha, Modi said the nation was worried about the goings-on in Parliament in recent days, with the Budget Session hit by several political issues.  

"I appeal to the entire Opposition for the passage of important bills in both Houses of Parliament," the prime minister said. "The GST Bill is yours, but you're stopping it," said Modi referring to the Congress. 

Modi evoked late Congress leaders and former prime ministers Rajiv Gandhi and Indira Gandhi in his speech, sparking anger among some Congress members. 

"It would be great if we can uphold parliamentary traditions to let the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha function peacefully and responsibly. These are not Narendra Modi's words. These are the words of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi", he said.

"The Parliament is not allowed to function due to an inferiority complex," Modi said.

Modi also accused the Opposition of deriding the government's Make in India campaign. "They are making fun of Make in India. The campaign is for the country," he said. 

"Governments will come and go. Let's walk shoulder to shoulder to help the nation," Modi said while ending his speech.