Reacting to the PM’s remarks, West Bengal chief minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee mentioned he’s impressed with the identify INDIA.
“Because of our prime minister, I consider he’s impressed with the identify ‘INDIA’. He has accepted it. The general public has additionally accepted the identify. You all all the time query, due to this fact, he needed to reply one thing. When the India crew steps on the sphere to play, folks say ‘India, India’. Does somebody say ‘Mujahideen’ throughout the sport?”
She additional mentioned, “What’s the identify of our nation? India. What’s your motherland? We write India. So, India, India, India. The extra they hyperlink hateful phrases with INDIA, the extra we are going to assume that he’s impressed with the identify.”
TMC chief within the Rajya Sabha Derek O’Brien mentioned the PM and the BJP had bought rattled by the identify INDIA and, due to this fact, they’re attacking it.
He mentioned, “Mr Modi and the BJP are utterly rattled after they’ve heard the identify I.N.D.I.A. They’re in reactive mode. They don’t have any good response. That’s the reason he’s arising with all these loopy explanations. The identify is powerful. It’s I.N.D.I.A. Mr Modi and the BJP, could also be for the primary time since 2014, they don’t have a solution.”
Derek requested the PM to return to Parliament and converse on Manipur violence. “As a substitute of going and giving all these gyan outdoors Parliament, Mr Modi, come right here. That is Parliament. We’re ready for the final 4 days to talk on Manipur. Come and converse. Your selection – Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha. We’ll welcome you. Open the controversy. We all know you might be on the backfoot after the (opposition’s) Patna and Bengaluru summits.”
The opposition, together with the Congress and the TMC, are protesting in each the Homes and are usually not permitting them to perform to press for his or her demand of the PM making a press release inside Parliament.
The TMC mentioned in a tweet, “PM @narendramodi’s comparability of a political alliance to a terrorist group is a determined transfer to divert public thoughts from the Manipur disaster. As a substitute of speaking outdoors Parliament, we problem him to debate the Manipur concern in the home. Prioritise folks over politics!”
TMC Lok Sabha MP Mahua Moitra too requested Modi to face the opposition inside Parliament. “Sufficient PM Saab – evaluating INDIA to banned terrorist organisations neither behoves your workplace nor your dignity. Parliament is in session. Why don’t you employ the fraction of bravado you exhibit outdoors the Home inside it and truly face INDIA?”
Earlier within the day, throughout the BJP parliamentary celebration assembly, Prime Minister Modi known as the opposition alliance INDIA as essentially the most directionless the nation had ever seen, and cited reviled names equivalent to East India Firm and Indian Mujahideen to claim that individuals can’t be misled merely by way of the nation’s identify.
The PM cited the historical past of a number of organisations, together with some banned extremist and terror outfits utilizing the nation’s identify, and panned the grouping as a group of corrupt leaders and events.
Even the Indian Nationwide Congress, the principle opposition celebration, was named so by an Englishman A O Hume, he mentioned, in keeping with sources.
Organisations which needed to rule and break the nation, which needed to divide it have used names like ‘India’ and ‘Indian’ to mislead folks, the PM mentioned and added “Folks have now matured and won’t be misled by such nomenclature.”
PM Modi was extreme in his criticism of the opposition amid the persevering with logjam in Parliament and likewise sounded assured of the ruling dispensation retaining energy on the Centre for a 3rd time period after the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, sources who attended the assembly mentioned.
(With inputs from businesses)