Prime Minister Narendra Modi today slammed the opposition as “directionless” and referred to the “Indian Mujahideen” and the “Popular Front of India” as he mocked the opposition coalition for its new name, India.
“I have never seen such directionless opposition,” BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said, quoting the Prime Minister at the weekly meeting of the BJP parliamentary party.
PM Modi also attacked the opposition grouping at a meeting of 26 parties in Bengaluru last week to discuss strategy for the 2024 national elections – India, short for the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance.
“They are praising themselves for the name India. Indian National Congress. East India Company. Indian Mujahideen. Popular Front of India – these are also India. Just using the name India does not make sense,” Mr Prasad quoted the Prime Minister as saying.
He said, people cannot be misled by just using the name of the country.
The sharp comments came amid a deadlock in Parliament over the Manipur crisis and repeated barrages from opposition demands for Prime Minister Modi’s statements on issues such as a viral video of two women being paraded naked and assaulted by a mob in May.
The Prime Minister described the opposition as “defeated, tired, hopeless, single-point agenda – opposition to Modi”. Their behavior shows that they have made up their minds to stay in opposition, PM Modi said.
He expressed confidence that the BJP would easily win the 2024 elections with the support of the people.
The row over Manipur has stalled the government’s plans to push the original law through Parliament. Both houses of Parliament have been repeatedly adjourned without much work since the Monsoon Session began last Thursday, a day after the horrific Manipur video surfaced.
In his remarks before the session, PM Modi said his heart was filled with pain and anger. “I want to assure the nation that no culprit will be spared. Action will be taken as per law. What happened to the girls of Manipur will never be condoned,” he said.
The opposition, emerging as the “Bharat” coalition in this session, said the prime minister should make a comprehensive statement in both houses of Parliament. The government, which proposed a discussion on Manipur in both houses, accused the opposition of deliberately obstructing the legislation through protests.
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