Kolkata: Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a dig at the Opposition for their lack of coherence in addressing the Manipur issue within the parliamentary setting. He accused the opposition of disregarding the hardships endured by the people.
Speaking via video conferencing at the BJP’s Kshetriya Panchayati Raj Parishad in West Bengal, Modi asserted that the opposition’s no-confidence motion had been defeated in Parliament, serving as a resounding response to those propagating negativity nationwide. He highlighted that opposition members had abruptly exited the parliamentary session, insinuating their apprehension towards voting on the no-confidence motion.
In addition, Modi criticised the Trinamool Congress, particularly Mamata Banerjee’s TMC, for their involvement in violence during the West Bengal panchayat election. He accused the TMC of intimidating BJP candidates and engaging in booth capture during the polls.
Modi lamented the Opposition’s departure from the parliamentary proceedings, stating that their actions had betrayed the people of Manipur. He disclosed that prior to the session’s commencement, Home Minister Amit Shah had reached out to all opposition parties, expressing a desire to discuss the Manipur issue in detail. However, the Prime Minister noted with disappointment that the opposition had obstructed the discussion from taking place.
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He emphasised the potential relief that a sensitive subject like the Manipur issue could have brought to the people of Manipur through open discourse. Modi asserted that meaningful solutions could have emerged from such discussions, addressing the pertinent concern at hand. Nonetheless, he criticised the opposition for prioritising political debates by initiating the No-Confidence Motion, effectively sidestepping the important issue.
Further condemning the opposition’s approach, Modi highlighted the government’s victory in the no-confidence motion and urged BJP workers to enlighten the public about every facet of the truth. He underscored the opposition’s seemingly self-serving focus on politics over the well-being of the people, suggesting that their avoidance of critical discussions stemmed from their fear of the harsh realities associated with the Manipur situation.
He stated that, “Backed by the support of 1.4 billion Indians, we successfully thwarted the Opposition’s No-Confidence motion in Parliament. We effectively countered their pessimism. The circumstances unfolded in such a way that Opposition members abandoned the proceedings prematurely; they chose to exit. Despite potential disruptions in the House, it falls upon us, the BJP members and public representatives, to engage with the citizens and ensure they are well-informed about every dimension of the truth.”