After Pralhad Joshi wondered why Rahul Gandhi was named as the keynote speaker, there were heated exchanges between the opposition and state treasuries. Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi said on Tuesday that the opposition bloc I.N.D.I.A. he was forced to move a no-confidence motion against the government to break Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s ‘maun vrat’ (vow of silence) on the violence in Manipur.
Congress Deputy Leader in Lok Sabha Gaurav Gogoi speaks during the debate on the No Confidence Motion during the Monsoon Session of Parliament in New Delhi on Tuesday. Opening debate on the motion in the Lok Sabha, Gogoi claimed that a government that talks of “one India has created two Manipuras one living in the hills and the other in the valleys”.
“The Prime Minister took a ‘maun vrat’ to not speak in Parliament. So we had to file a motion of no confidence to break his silence. We have three questions for him –
1) Why has he not visited Manipur till date?
2) Why did it take almost 80 days for him to finally speak about Manipur and when he did it was only for 30 seconds?
3) Why PM hasn’t sacked Manipur CM yet? Gogoi asked.
There were heated exchanges between the opposition and the finance ministries when the lower house accepted the motion tabled by Gogoi after Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi questioned why Rahul Gandhi’s name as the keynote speaker was withdrawn at the last minute.
Gogoi’s reply that the Prime Minister’s remarks in Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla’s chamber should be revealed in the House drew a sharp response from Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who said a member cannot make baseless allegations about the Prime Minister.
He said the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) parties were forced to file a no-confidence motion because it was never about numbers but about justice for Manipur.
“Manipur demands justice. Martin Luther King Jr. said that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. If Manipur burns, the whole of India burns, if Manipur is divided, the country is divided. It was our demand that as the leader of the country, Prime Minister Modi should to come to the House and talk about Manipur…,” Gogoi said.
Gogoi said he would like to ask the Prime Minister why he did not go to Manipur when Rahul Gandhi went as did Home Minister Shah and Home Minister (Nityanand Rai).
The Congress MP said it was very disturbing that a government which talks of “one India has created two Manipuras – one lives in the hills and the other in the valleys”.