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Covid-19: 40 Crore People Have Become ‘Baahubali’ Through Vaccination, Implies PM Modi

Ahead of the Parliament's Monsoon session, which began on Monday, PM Modi urged the political parties and their leaders to ask 'sharpest' questions on the floor but at the same time allow the government to provide answers as well.

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked the floor leaders to meet for briefing on Covid-19 situation in India on July 20, 2021 (PTI Photo/Arun Sharma)

New Delhi: Noting the success of Covid-19 vaccine strategy in the country, PM Narendra Modi expressed his views saying that inoculated people have become ‘Baahubali’. “Vaccine is given in ‘baahu’ (arms), those who take it become ‘Baahubali’. Over 40 cr people have become ‘Baahubali’ in the fight against Covid. It’s being taken forward. The pandemic has gripped the entire world. So we want meaningful discussions in the Parliament over it,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi outside the Parliament Building while interacting with the press, ahead of the Monsoon session on Monday.

Ahead of the Parliament’s Monsoon session, which began on Monday, PM Modi urged the political parties and their leaders to ask ‘sharpest’ questions on the floor but at the same time allow the government to provide answers as well.

“I would like to urge all the MPs and all the parties to ask the most difficult and sharpest questions in the Houses but should also allow the Government to respond, in a disciplined environment. This will boost the democracy, strengthen people’s trust and improve pace of development,” he said.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the media, as it rains on the first day of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, on July 19, 2021. Union Ministers Prahlad Joshi and Jitendra Singh are also seen. (PTI Photo/Arun Sharma)

PM Modi also asked the floor leaders to meet with him on Tuesday, as he plans to give them all the information regarding the pandemic.

“I have urged all Floor Leaders that if they can take out some time tomorrow evening then I would like to give them all detailed information regarding the pandemic. We want discussion inside the Parliament as well with the Floor Leaders outside the Parliament,” PM Modi said on the first day of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi,  on Monday.

The announcement for a separate meeting of floor leaders with the Prime Minister comes after an informal meeting of opposition leaders was underway at Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge’s office in Parliament, which according to sources was to discuss their strategy for the monsoon session.

Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress (TMC) MPs cycled to the Parliament on Monday in protest against the rise in prices of petrol, diesel and LPG.

On Monday, petrol and diesel prices remained unchanged in the national capital and stood at Rs 101.84 and Rs 89.87 per litre, respectively. In Mumbai, the price of petrol and diesel stood at Rs 107.83 and Rs 97.45 per litre respectively. The price of petrol and diesel in Bhopal was Rs 110.20 and Rs 98.67 per litre respectively and Rs 102.08 and Rs 93.02 per litre in Kolkata. Rates have been increased across the country and differ from state to state depending on the incidence of value-added tax.

(With Inputs from ANI)