On Sunday, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said that the political parties should focus on development instead of doling oppositions freebies during elections.

During a Textiles Ministry event in New Delhi, VP Naidu said, “Rather than focusing on freebies, we should focus on long-term growth stories, developmental stories so that the people can stand on their own. These temporary things will be temporary lollipops only.”

He further has spoken about the functioning of the Parliament and said that he was “pained by our inability to ensure convergence of different agendas into a national agenda.”

“Parliamentary institutions cannot be held captive to the competitive agenda. The Indian Parliament, Rajya Sabha, could not function for 14 days because of competition between two parties,” added VP Venkaiah Naidu.

The VP further noted that the civility of proceeding the Parliamentary institutions is a parameter of an aspiring country finding its feet and fulfilling its quest.

Focused on the political representative must look into “4 C’s”- Calibre, Character, Conduct, and Capacity, Mr. Naidu has expressed his regret that certain political parties were bringing in “caste, community, cash and criminality” into politics.

“If these things influence the society, it is a gone case. We must bring back the agenda to development,” added Mr. Naidu.

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