New Delhi: Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra spoke to The Indian Express on why her party felt the need to move amendments to the Motion of Thanks to the President’s address and why she accused the government of demonising dissent.
The Trinamool Congress has never moved amendments to the President’s speech. What changed this time?
We have never moved amendments to the President’s speech as a mark of respect for constitutional authority. But this time the issues were so stark, so divisive that we felt the need to move amendments. My senior colleague Sougata Roy has therefore moved amendments.
In your speech in the House, you accused the government of “demonising dissent”. Why did you say that?
Look at what (Union minister) Anurag Thakur said. He exhorts people to shoot! These are our daadis, our children. Are they terrorists? Also look at the appallingly poor taste, the brazenness of fielding somebody (BJP MP Parvesh Verma) who is banned for 96 hours by the EC to open the debate in Lok Sabha when that time is not even over. This is sticking a finger in the eye of every Indian.