Union Minister Smriti Irani accused Rahul Gandhi of displaying misogynistic behavior
- Union Agriculture Minister Shobha Karandlaje also condemned the gesture, considering it inappropriate
- Several women MPs on Wednesday signed a complaint letter in response to Gandhi’s action.
- Rahul Gandhi in his fiery no-confidence motion speech labeled PM Modi a “traitor” who had “murdered India” in Manipur.
New Delhi, 09 August(City Times): In a surprising turn of events, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi believed to blew a flying kiss towards BJP MPs during a session in Parliament. The incident occurred as he exited the Lok Sabha premises while Union Minister Smriti Irani was delivering a speech. Witnesses reported that some BJP MPs started laughing at Gandhi when he dropped files and bent to pick them up. Responding to the laughter, Gandhi reportedly blew a kiss at them, igniting a heated exchange of words.
Criticism Erupts Over Rahul Gandhi’s Gesture
Rahul Gandhi’s flying kiss gesture didn’t sit well with the BJP. Union Minister Smriti Irani criticized Gandhi’s action, accusing him of displaying misogynistic behavior. She emphasized that blowing a kiss to women MPs in Parliament was obscene and disrespectful. Union Agriculture Minister Shobha Karandlaje also condemned the gesture, considering it inappropriate. Several women MPs signed a complaint letter in response to Gandhi’s action.
Rahul Gandhi’s No-Trust Motion Speech Targets PM Modi
Rahul Gandhi’s return to Parliament was marked by his fiery no-confidence motion speech. He slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing him of dividing Manipur and neglecting the state. Gandhi contrasted his own visit to Manipur with PM Modi’s absence, claiming that the Prime Minister considered Manipur separate from India. He labeled PM Modi a “traitor” who had “murdered India” in Manipur.
Smriti Irani Counters Rahul Gandhi’s Remarks
Union Minister Smriti Irani vehemently countered Rahul Gandhi’s remarks on Manipur. She condemned his statements about the “murder of Bharat Mata” and his accusation that the BJP had “murdered Bharat Mata in Manipur.” Irani referred to the opposition bloc’s new name, “INDIA,” and criticized Gandhi’s comments as unprecedented and damaging. She also highlighted historical incidents involving Congress and challenged Gandhi’s credibility.
Smriti Irani Accuses Gandhi of Running Away
As Rahul Gandhi left the Parliament during Smriti Irani’s response, she accused him of evading the debate on Manipur. Irani emphasized that the government had not run away from discussing the issue, in contrast to the opposition’s actions. She cited statements from prominent ministers expressing the government’s willingness to engage in the debate, while the opposition chose to avoid it.
Smriti Irani’s Quips Highlight Rahul Gandhi’s Actions
Smriti Irani didn’t hold back in her criticism of Rahul Gandhi’s actions and statements. She questioned his foreign visits, asking where he found the “matchbox” after claiming that kerosene was poured all over the country. She also questioned Congress’s decision to grant projects to Adani, further highlighting the differences between the two parties’ approaches and strategies.
Fiery Exchanges Erupt During No-Confidence Motion Debate
The Parliament witnessed intense verbal clashes as Congress leader Rahul Gandhi delivered a scathing speech during the no-confidence motion debate against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. Rahul Gandhi targeted PM Modi over the Manipur violence, accusing the government of dividing the state and metaphorically “murdering India” in Manipur. He criticized PM Modi for not visiting the strife-torn state, stating that Manipur seemingly held no importance for the Prime Minister.
Gandhi Labels PM Modi a “Traitor” and “Non-Nationalist”
In his impassioned address, Rahul Gandhi referred to PM Modi as a “traitor” and questioned his nationalism, claiming that the government’s actions had led to the death of India’s essence in Manipur. He boldly declared that “they killed India in Manipur,” emphasizing the grave impact of the government’s policies on the nation as a whole.
Smriti Irani Strikes Back with Strong Counterarguments
Union Minister Smriti Irani launched a fierce response to Rahul Gandhi’s accusations. She condemned his reference to the “murder of Bharat Mata” and asserted that such language had never been used in Parliament before. Irani labeled Rahul Gandhi’s behavior inappropriate and highlighted the contrast between his statements and the spirit of unity that the name “INDIA” represents.
Irani Accuses Congress of Igniting Division and Propaganda
Smriti Irani further criticized Rahul Gandhi’s remarks, accusing him of promoting division and propaganda. She questioned the Congress leader’s sincerity in addressing critical issues, such as the 1984 riots and the killing of Girija Tickoo. Irani questioned the party’s credibility by highlighting instances where Congress leaders dismissed serious matters as mere propaganda.
Article 370 and Running from Debate
The debate also saw Smriti Irani addressing Rahul Gandhi’s statements on Article 370 and his abrupt departure from Parliament. Irani firmly stated that Article 370 would not be reinstated and condemned any threats against Kashmiri Pandits. She expressed disappointment in Rahul Gandhi’s decision to leave the proceedings, while emphasizing that the government remained committed to addressing crucial matters.
Partisan Divide Evident in Parliamentary Proceedings
As Rahul Gandhi left the Parliament during Smriti Irani’s response, tensions escalated. Irani emphasized that the government had not shied away from discussing the Manipur issue, while accusing the opposition of evading the debate. The partisan divide became evident as both sides exchanged barbs, showcasing the deep-seated differences in their approaches and perspectives.
Smriti Irani’s Quips Reveal Discontent with Gandhi’s Statements
Smriti Irani’s responses weren’t limited to Rahul Gandhi’s speech alone. She addressed his remarks on foreign visits and questioned the rationale behind his statements about kerosene and the matchbox analogy. Irani also probed into Congress’s decisions regarding projects awarded to Adani, shedding light on differing ideologies between the parties. The fiery exchanges highlighted the charged atmosphere within the Parliament during the no-confidence motion debate.