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TMC MP tears into BJP in her maiden speech First-timer Mohua Moitra brought up NRC spreading fear, rise of ‘dangerous fascism’

June 27, 2019 06:34 AM

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TMC MP tears into BJP in her maiden speech
First-timer Mohua Moitra brought up NRC spreading fear, rise of ‘dangerous fascism’
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In her maiden speech in the House as a first-time Member of Parliament (MP) for West Bengal’s Trinamool Congress (TMC) party, Mahua Moitra tore into the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), accusing the ruling saffron outfit of spreading fear across India since 2014 and politicising the issue of 2.77 acres of land (in Ayodhya).


“The BJP is mixing religion with citizenship. Through the National Register for Citizens (NRC) and Citizenship Amendment Bill, only one community is being targeted,” Moitra charged, adding even school textbooks are being changed to indoctrinate students.

She said there is an erosion of electoral system and a “dangerous fascism” rising in India under the BJP, in a speech that soon went viral online.

Holding that the Constitution was under threat, Moitra said there were signs everywhere that the country was being torn apart. Citizens were being thrown out of their homes, she claimed, adding that lynching of young citizens was taking place, as she drew the attention of members to the murder of Tabrez Ansari in Jharkhand.

She also alleged the five large media houses in India were directly or indirectly being controlled by a single man.

BJP member Nishikant Dubey objected to Moitra’s reference to 2.77 acre land and NRC in her speech, saying the two issues are pending before the Supreme Court.

To this, TMC leader Saugata Roy attacked Dubey saying his objections are “bogus”. “He has been put up by the government to obstruct the opposition. He is using the green book (Lok Sabha rule book) without understanding to impede opposition speech,” Roy said.

In his defence, Dubey said Roy has become “so blind in defending Mamata Banerjee that he cannot read Lok Sabha rules”

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