The announcement of a no-confidence motion by the United Opposition sparked a coordinated attack from BJP leaders and Union ministers, targeting the “INDIA” acronym, which stands for Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s earlier reference to the opposition as “directionless” set the tone for the barrage of derisive tags that followed.
During the weekly meet of the BJP parliamentary party, PM Modi made a pointed remark, stating, “Indian National Congress. East India company. Indian Mujahideen. Popular Front of India – these are also INDIA. Just using the name INDIA does not mean anything.” The remark was echoed by senior leader Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Subsequently, JP Nadda, a key BJP leader, compared the opposition alliance to a child who had failed exams and suggested that changing the name would not alter public perception. This sentiment was echoed by other BJP leaders, including Amit Shah, S Jaishankar, Pralhad Joshi, and Kiren Rijiju, who took to Twitter to criticize the opposition’s strategy.
Amit Shah’s tweet asserting that merely changing the name to “INDIA” would not erase their past deeds from public memory drew a response from Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, hinting that the criticism had hit home.
Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien, who is leading the no-confidence motion with the Congress, stated that their overall parliamentary strategy was in place for the “INDIA” parties, and tactics would evolve as necessary. The opposition’s move comes amid a parliamentary logjam over the Manipur situation, where the opposition demands a discussion and a statement from the Prime Minister in both houses, while the government is willing to allow only a discussion and statement from the Union Home Minister.
The ongoing session has faced difficulties due to the government’s long list of bills for this session and the opposition’s persistence on discussing the Manipur issue. The recent viral video showing two tribal women being marched naked in Manipur further intensified the situation.
In response to the coordinated attack, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi responded strongly, asserting that the opposition stands united as “INDIA” and is committed to healing Manipur and addressing the needs of its people.
As the political tension continues to escalate, the country waits to see how the no-confidence motion unfolds and how the government and opposition address the pressing issues facing the nation. The political landscape remains dynamic and intense as the debate on the Manipur situation and other critical matters continues in parliament.
Sources By Agencies