Published On: Wed, Aug 9th, 2023

Rahul Gandhi to Modi govt: You have “murdered Bharat Mata” in Manipur

New Delhi: Former Congress president and party’s Wayanad MP, Rahul Gandhi made a blistering attack against the BJP over violence in Manipur and alleged that its politics had “murdered Bharat Mata” in the northeastern state and termed members of the ruling party “traitors”.

You have sprinkled kerosene everywhere. You have set fire to Manipur

Participating in the no-confidence motion debate, Gandhi also slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not visiting Manipur and alleged that he does not consider the state to be part of India.

“I went to Manipur a few days ago. Our prime minister has not gone there, he has not gone there till now. He does not consider the Manipur part of India. I used the word Manipur, but the reality is there is no Manipur left. You have divided Manipur into two parts, you have broken up Manipur,” Gandhi said. Rahul Gandhi said he visited Manipur and met women and children at the relief camps, but the prime minister had not done. The prime minister was not in the House when Gandhi spoke.

“I asked a woman, ‘What happened with you?’ She said, ‘My small son, an only child, was shot before my eyes. I spent the whole night with the body of my child and then I felt afraid. I left my house. I asked her if she had brought along something with her and she said only the clothes she wearing and a photo,” Gandhi said, narrating his experiences. In another camp, he said he asked a woman the same question – “What happened to you?” As he did so, she started trembling and fainted.

“These are the two examples. In Manipur, they (BJP) have murdered Hindustan. Their politics has not killed Manipur but killed Hindustan in Manipur. Hindustan has been murdered in Manipur….By killing the people of Manipur you have murdered Bharat Mata, you are not desh bhakts (patriots) but deshdrohis (traitors),” the former Congress chief said.

As the treasury benches protested and slammed Gandhi, Union minister Kiren Rijiju said the Congress leader should apologise for his remarks as it is the Congress which is responsible for insurgency and other problems in the northeast.

Continuing his no-holds-barred attack against the government in his over 30-minute speech, Gandhi went on to say that it is the Army that can bring peace to Manipur but the government is not deploying it. “You have murdered the voice of India, which means you have murdered Bharat Mata in Manipur… My mother is sitting here. The other mother, Bharat Mata, you killed in Manipur,” he said, pointing to Sonia Gandhi who was present in the House.

“You have sprinkled kerosene everywhere. You have set fire to Manipur. You are now trying the same thing in Haryana,” he added, referring to recent communal clashes in Gurugram and Nuh. Gandhi alleged that the prime minister listens to only two people, Amit Shah and Gautam Adani, just as Ravan paid heed to only two. He did not elaborate on the point.



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