Five Pratap Chandra Sarangi quotes that rocked Parliament today
Pratap Chandra Sarangi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Balasore in Odisha and the minister of state for animal husbandry, made his maiden speech in Lok Sabha on Monday. In his first speech, Pratap Chandra Sarangi attacked Samajwadi Party (SP) MP Shafiqur Rahman Barq for objecting to the "Vande Mataram" slogan when he took oath in Lok Sabha, asking if those who "refuse to say Vande Mataram have a right to live in India".
Pratap Chandra Sarangi also took on the Congress and said that ten years of the Congress-led UPA government was that of "misrule" and "full of corruption". The Balasore MP also said that the country will not tolerate the "tukde-tukde" gang and those who glorify terrorists like Afzal Guru.
Listed are top 5 quotes of Pratap Chandra Sarangi from his maiden speech in Parliament:
'NO PLACE FOR THOSE WHO CAN'T SAY VANDE MATARAM'
In his maiden speech, delivered largely in Hindi but intermingled with Sanskrit, Bangla, Odiya, and English, Pratap Chandra Sarangi asked if the country will have a place for those who do not accept "Vande Mataram".
"Jinko humara priya pawan bhoomi se pyaar nahi, jinko Bharat ki azaadi aur akhandata sweekar nahi, jinko Bharat ki 'vande mataram' sweekar nahi, kya unko Bharat mai rehne ka adhikar hai [Those who do not love our country, those who do not accept the country's integrity, those who do not accept 'Vande Mataram', do they deserve to live in India]" Sarangi said.
To this, the treasury benches replied: "No, not at all."
Sarangi's comment was in response to SP MP Shafiqur Rahman Barq's refusal to chant "Vande Mataram" after taking an oath as the member of 17th Lok Sabha. He said that "as far as Vande Mataram is concerned, it is against Islam and we cannot follow it."
'DO PEOPLE WHO PRAISE AFZAL GURU HAVE A RIGHT TO STAY IN INDIA?'
Initiating the debate on the motion of thanks to the President's address, Pratap Chandra Sarangi said that the country has no place for the "tukde-tukde" gang. "The country will never accept tukde-tukde gang. The country is with the prime minister," he said.
He also asked if the people who praise Afzal Guru have a right to live in the country. "'Pakistan zindabad', 'Afzal Guru zindabad', 'hum sharminda hai Afzal tera qatil zinda hai', ye kehne waalo ko desh mai rehne ka adhikar hai," Pratap Chandra Sarangi asked.
'POLICY PARALYSIS WAS NORM WITH ACCIDENTAL PM AT HELM'
The first-time MP also took a jibe at the Congress, saying that the grand-old party made us [the BJP] realise the importance of strong leadership as, Sarangi said, "policy paralysis was a new norm" during the ten-year rule of the party with the "accidental prime minister" at the helm.
Without naming former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Sarangi said that the Congress prime minister was an "accidental PM".
"Policy paralysis was a new norm during those ten years. And it was Congress which made us realise the importance of strong leadership," he said.
'SON OF A TEA-SELLER BECAME PM, WHY DON'T YOU ACCEPT IT?'
Pratap Chandra Sarangi launched a scathing attack on the Congress in Lok Sabha, saying the verdict of 2019 general elections shows that people do not like "dynasty". Sarangi also said that the opposition parties have not yet understood that the public doesn't like dynasty politics. He also went on to ask why the Opposition was so hesitant in accepting the good work done by PM Modi.
"Why is the Opposition so hesitant in praising Prime Minister? The verdict was unprecedented. The BJP-led NDA came back to power on the basis of performance. The experiment of 2014 was a success and people gave the slogan [of return of Modi-led government]. Son of a tea-seller has become Prime Minister, why don't you accept it? At least understand now that people do not like a dynasty," he said.
'VILLIAN NEEDED TO BRING OUT GOODNESS OF HERO'
Thanking the Congress party, Sarangi said that a villain was needed to bring out the hero. He also narrated a dialogue between Ram and Kekayi (characters from Ramayan) and said that the former was grateful to the latter for sending him into exile. Otherwise, Sarangi quoted Ram as saying, "who would have known me?"