Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi cited terror outfit Indian Mujahideen and the banned Popular Front of India to launch a scathing attack on the opposition Front India, senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi hit back.
On Twitter, Mr Gandhi said the opposition front would “help heal Manipur” and “rebuild the idea of India” in the northeastern state.
“Call us whatever you want, Mr. Modi. We are India. We will help heal Manipur and wipe the tears of every woman and child. We will bring back love and peace for all its people. We will rebuild the idea of India in Manipur,” he tweeted.
Call us whatever you want, Mr. Modi.
We are India.
We will help heal Manipur and wipe the tears of every woman and child. We will restore love and peace to all her people.
We will rebuild the idea of India in Manipur.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 25, 2023
The Prime Minister’s comments and Mr Gandhi’s counter-argument came amid a deadlock in Parliament over the unrest in Manipur, which returned to the spotlight after a gruesome video of two tribal women parading naked shocked the nation’s imagination.
The Monsoon Session of Parliament began on Thursday and the opposition continued to press for a detailed discussion on Manipur. The Center said it was ready for talks but the logjam continued as the Opposition insisted in the Rajya Sabha to adjourn all business for the Manipur talks. The opposition has also demanded that the Prime Minister address the Parliament in this regard.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah said he was ready to put forward the government’s stand, but the opposition did not budge from demanding the Prime Minister’s speech.
This time, the government faces a united opposition front in Parliament which is coordinating the floor plan. Opposition Front India, which aims to contest the ruling BJP in the 2024 general elections, also questioned why the prime minister spoke to the media on the Manipur issue but was not addressing the House.
Mr Gandhi is not attending the monsoon session as he has been disqualified as an MP after being convicted in a criminal defamation case.
After being convicted by a court in Gujarat, he approached the High Court, but got no relief. He has now approached the Supreme Court.
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