LIVE: PM Tears Into Congress in Rajya Sabha Speech, Takes On Dynasty Politics; ‘Why is This Generation Scared to Use Nehru Surname’

said, “kichad jitna uchaaloge, kamal utna hi khilega [the more you throw mud, the more lotus will bloom]”.

On Wednesday, PM Modi read out couplets of Hindi satirist Kaka Hathrasi and poet Dushyant Kumar to target the Opposition and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in Lok Sabha. Responding to a debate on the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address in the lower house of Parliament, Modi said the world was looking at India with hope amid instability in some parts of the globe due to the once-in-a-century pandemic and conflicts.

Parliament has been witnessing action-packed Budget Session days with the Opposition pressing for a discussion on the Adani issue and the BJP dodging attacks in the matter. Wednesday was another day of ruckus in both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha as leaders of Opposition parties like Congress and TMC continued raising the Adani issue, amid which remarks by Rahul Gandhi and Mahua Moitra made on Tuesday in Parliament were expunged.

In other news, panic spread in Ghaziabad district court after a leopard strayed into the complex on Wednesday. Ten people were injured in the leopard attack, triggering panic and a four-hour operation to catch the animal. “The leopard was tranquilised following a joint operation of police and the forest department,” DCP (City) Nipun Agrawal said, adding that arrangements are being made to cage the animal. According to police, the leopard first attacked a cobbler on the ground floor of the court complex in the Kavinagar area of the district before heading to the first floor.

Coming down south, the first Environment and Climate Sustainability Working Group (ECSWG) Meeting, under India’s year-long G20 presidency, will be held here from today till February 11. Hosted by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, the conference is being chaired by Secretary in the ministry, Leena Nandan.

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