Without any reference to Congress, which has held protests in both Houses of Parliament over the National Herald case, PM Modi said democracy cannot be restricted to elections and governments alone and that one of the two main dangers before it is 'Mantantra' (functioning as per one's whims and fancies) with the other being 'Dhantantra' (money power).

PM Modi also said the poor are not made able to get their rights as legislations for their benefits are stuck on account of disruptions being made in Parliament. "It is not only GST(bill) but many pro-poor steps are stuck in Parliament."

"You must have seen that these days this(disruptions) is being seen more. Meri Marji (I will do what I desire). I will do whatever comes to my mind. Does the country run like this? Democracy does not function with 'Mantantra'. The country does not run on its basis. Whatever you may think but the system does not run like this," Modi cited.

"It is a matter of sorrow that the poor are not being able to get their rights due to Parliament not functioning. However the talk is only centred on GST versus Parliament. Whatever has to happen with the GST, it will be done in consultation with everybody to decide the fate of India but what about the poor, what about the common man," he said while addressing the Jagran Forum of Dainik Jagran at Taj hotel.

"Due to Parliament not running this time a particular law is also stuck up, which we have brought to enhance the bonus amount of the poor in jobs from Rs 3,500 to Rs 7,000. This also seeks to increase the salary ceiling for giving bonuses from the existing Rs 7,000 to Rs 21,000. Is this not directly a work for the poor?", he added.

PM Modi said, “The government is requesting that the Parliament be allowed to function and that is why we are requesting for allowing Parliament to run. There cannot be a bigger forum than Parliament for discussion, debate and communication. But if we will negate the institution itself, then there will be question marks on democracy itself.”

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