Trinamool Congress MP accused the BJP of “lacking humility” and betrayal of people’s trust by questioning the citizenship of the people who voted them to power.
NEW DELHI — Fiery parliamentarian of the Trinamool Congress, Mahua Moitra, has slammed the Hindu nationalist BJP on its stands vis-à-vis the CAA etc, while addressing Parliament during the Motion of Thanks to the President. Besides a sharp protest against the CAA-NRC, she also launched a scathing attack on the ruling party on issues like resort to hate speech, chocking of dissent, and the failing economy.
She accused the BJP of “lacking humility” and betrayal of people’s trust by questioning the citizenship of the people who voted them to power. She said the BJP should not go “beyond the tenets of democracy” or “arrogate on itself any extra-constitutional authority.”
Moitra termed the NRC, CAA and NPR as “tools in a Machiavellian design to first mark out and then disenfranchise and finally annihilate” people. “This is your biggest betrayal of those who voted for you. Nobody wants to be a part of this ‘us versus them’ debate.” She said the BJP did shout the slogan ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’, “which people took to mean “development for a united India”.
“You [BJP] have betrayed the young voters who were eagerly looking forward to get their first job. You have betrayed small businessmen by your decision of demonetization, killing the market. You betrayed thousands of tribal people in Gujarat whose land you took to build a statue and to whom you have now given jobs as toilet cleaners.
“These middle-of-the-road voters who chose the BJP now cannot recognise the India they live in. They cannot identify with the hate-filled, venomous invectives that they see BJP members spew out publicly.”
Moitra referred to the Holocaust against Jews in Germany and Poland and said: “Auschwitz did not fall from the sky. Auschwitz happened because people were indifferent to the plight of others who professed a different faith from them. All Holocaust memorials serve as a reminder, not that it happened, but that it could happen again. It happened not only because of those who pressed the gas chamber switch, but also those who sat back and watched when their neighbours were first marked out systematically and then dragged from their homes.”
Moitra aimed her rage at BJP for choosing MPs who are accused of instigating the crowds in election rallied in the capital last week, to make speeches on the floor of Parliament during the debate on the Motion of Thanks: “Today you have let a person who was banned by the Election Commission, to come to the floor of the House and present the party’s manifesto for the Delhi elections.” She continued, “You speak of Ram and Yudhishtir, but what of dharma? You build false narratives where our dadis [grandmothers] become terrorists and our children become deshdrohis [traitors]. But today, citizens are finally standing up to these bullies.”
She also took a dig at the ruling party for its inability to revive economic growth despite promises. “The finance minister, on the floor of the house, says that the nominal GDP target is 10 per cent. In the month of December, the Consumer Price Index was at 6.70 per cent. Does that mean that the real GDP growth rate today is 3.30 per cent? That is what the government is saying. Remember, when there is no integrity in statistics, little else remains.”