Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday predicted that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will return to power with over 400 seats in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, with the BJP poised to secure 370 seats.
"I don't fall into the trap of figures, but I am sure the BJP alone will get 370 seats and the NDA will get more than 400 seats.... I have immense faith in the people of our nation," the Prime Minister said while replying to the discussion on the motion of thanks to the President's address in the Lok Sabha.
Modi also launched a scathing attack on the opposition, particularly the Congress, saying they have "decided to remain as opposition for a long time" and have "lost the courage to even contest elections."
He accused the Congress of being "trapped in cancel culture" and of seeking to "cancel every achievement and success of the country."
Modi also highlighted the achievements of the NDA government, saying the pace at which the country is growing is something Congress couldn't even imagine.
"For the urban poor, we constructed 4 crore houses. With Congress' pace, the same amount of work would've taken 100 years.".
"We gave 17 crore gas connections in 10 years. With Congress' pace, this would've taken 60 years. Sanitation coverage has reached 100%, up from 40% in our government. This would've taken 60–70 years in Congress's government," PM Modi added.
Modi also said that during Congress rule, the total budget for the farming sector was Rs 25,000 crore, which the NDA government has increased to Rs 1.25 lakh crore.
"Congress during its ten years (2004-2014 when the Congress-led UPA governed the country), purchased grains worth Rs 7 lakh crore. " We have purchased grains worth Rs 18 lakh crore from farmers in ten years," the PM said.
Modi also replied to the opposition attack on misuse of central agencies, saying, "The investigation agencies of our country are independent. I will continue to fight against corruption, and those who have looted the country will have to return."
He added that ED seized just Rs 5,000 crore during Congress rule, but the figure has reached Rs 1 lakh crore under the NDA government.
Later, the House adopted the Motion of Thanks to the President's address to the joint sitting of both Houses by voice vote, negating opposition members' amendments.