“BJP questions if Rahul Gandhi anticipates armed forces shooting at Indians in Manipur.”

Referring to a statement by Rahul Gandhi wherein he claimed that the armed forces could swiftly restore peace in Manipur within two days if granted permission, Ravi Shankar Prasad, a prominent figure in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), posed a question. He inquired if Gandhi intended to emulate the actions of his grandmother, former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, who had ordered the Air Force to conduct aerial bombings on Aizawl in 1966.

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The BJP, in response to this, raised a query directed at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, questioning whether he believed the armed forces might resort to using firearms against the citizens in strife-ridden Manipur. Ravi Shankar Prasad, a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party and a former Union minister, contended that Gandhi lacked any inclination towards democratic principles.

Taking note of Gandhi’s assertion that the armed forces could pacify the situation in Manipur within two days if granted the opportunity, Ravi Shankar Prasad further asked if Gandhi aimed to emulate the actions of his grandmother, Indira Gandhi, who had authorized the Air Force to bomb Aizawl in 1966.

Prasad specifically asked, “Does Rahul Gandhi anticipate that the armed forces might open fire on Indian citizens in the midst of tensions in Manipur? Or should efforts be focused on fostering harmony and unity among the people?”

Prasad also accused Gandhi of delivering an inflammatory speech in Parliament during a period of heightened tension in Manipur between the Meitis and Kukis communities.

During a session in the Lok Sabha, Rahul Gandhi reiterated his allegation against the Central government, asserting that its political decisions had resulted in the metaphorical “murder” of ‘Bharat Mata’ (Mother India) in Manipur.

Prasad criticized Gandhi, stating that he lacked an understanding of both the country and its politics.

Additionally, Prasad brought up instances of past violence, such as the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and the 1983 Nellie massacre, and questioned how Gandhi would categorize them. He placed the blame for dividing the country on the Congress.

Prasad also accused the Opposition of displaying “utterly irresponsible” behavior during the Monsoon session of Parliament by consistently disrupting proceedings. He criticized the Congress and its Leader in the Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, for repeatedly interrupting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s response during the no-confidence motion debate.

Prasad defended Prime Minister Modi, mentioning that he had extensively discussed Manipur and the northeastern region for nearly 30 minutes, countering claims that Modi hadn’t adequately addressed the unrest.

Home Minister Amit Shah’s speech on the Manipur issue, lasting over an hour, was also highlighted by Prasad.

Prasad accused the Opposition of inconsistency, noting that they initially demanded the Prime Minister’s speech, then disrupted it, and subsequently walked out, all while alleging they were not allowed to speak.

Addressing Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin’s accusations of Hindi imposition following the introduction of bills to replace key legal acts, Prasad countered with examples of Indian entities functioning in the southern state that carry the name “Bharatiya,” such as Hindustan Petroleum, Bharat Petroleum, and Bharatiya Rail.

During the session, Union Home Minister Amit Shah introduced three bills, namely the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita Bill, 2023; Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita Bill, 2023; and Bharatiya Sakshya Bill, 2023. These bills were proposed to replace the Indian Penal Code, 1860; Criminal Procedure Code, 1898; and the Indian Evidence Act, 1872, respectively.

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