Rahul Gandhi’s Critique on the Current Administration
In an incendiary speech delivered at Lok Sabha, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi accused the BJP-led government of ‘killing Bharat Mata’, a motherly figure representing India, in the northeastern state of Manipur.
The stern public admonition arrives amidst an escalating crisis causing unrest and loss of lives in Manipur.
Rahul Gandhi couched his accusations in piercing rhetoric, “India is a voice, a voice of the heart. You have killed that voice in Manipur. You have murdered Bharat Mata in Manipur. You are traitors.”
The strong choice of words, where he labelled the current administration as ‘traitors,’ indeed got the parliament buzzing.
Furthermore, he also brought the Prime Minister under his scrutiny. He claimed that the Prime Minister’s absence from Manipur signals his disregard for the state, arguing that he doesn’t consider it part of India.
Assertive in his belief that the centre has the potential to quell the unrest in Manipur, Rahul Gandhi puts forth his question: “The Centre can stop the violence by calling in the Army. But why hasn’t it acted yet?” The comment fuelled loud protests from the treasury benches and the demand for an apology.
Rahul Gandhi warned of a similar fate for Haryana, referencing recent altercations that caused fatalities. A recurring theme in his speech was his belief that the current government’s arrogance will be its downfall, a rhetoric lined with references to the epic Ramayana.
Rahul Gandhi’s speech is a scathing indictment of the central government’s handling of the crisis in Manipur. His fervent conviction in the role of the BJP in escalating the crisis has stirred up a hornets’ nest that’s unlikely to subside anytime soon.