PM Narendra Modi: All MPs are responsible for running the nation

NEW DELHI:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said all MPs are responsible for running the nation, in what was seen as a message to the opposition that has closed ranks and resolved to take on the government.

“The people have given us the responsibility of running the government but all MPs have the responsibility of running the country,” the PM said to reporters on his way into Parliament.

“In this cold weather and with a cool mind, we have to do a lot of work. We hope the session will be fruitful and result-oriented,” he added.

Mr Modi also said that he hopes the opposition will continue to play “a constructive role”.

“In the last session, because of the positive role played by the opposition, a lot of work was done. I hope this time it will be the same,” said the prime minister.

Parliament meets today for a month-long winter session, but both houses will be adjourned for the day as a sign of respect for two senior parliamentarians who died including Congress leader Murli Deora.

The government hopes to push through key reforms in major sectors including insurance, but the opposition is likely to protest most proposals and specially take on government on Foreign Investment in Insurance sector. In the upper house or Rajya Sabha, the government is in a minority.

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