Doesn’t behove Modi to crack jokes when Manipur is ‘on fire’: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi.

New Delhi: Stepping up the attack on Narendra Modi over the Manipur violence, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday said it does not behove the Indian Prime Minister to laugh and crack jokes in Parliament when the state has been “on fire” for the past four months.

The Prime Minister “wants Manipur to burn and allows it to burn”, Gandhi alleged at a press conference at the AICC headquarters here, PTI reported.

He asserted that if the Modi government wanted to stop the violence, there are tools in the hands of the government that can stop it immediately.

“Women and children are dying over there, women are being molested and raped and the Prime Minister of India is sitting in the middle of Parliament and laughing. This is not about Rahul Gandhi, it is not about the Congress, it is not about opposition, it is about India, it is about our country. A state has been decimated, it does not exist anymore and it has happened because of the politics of the BJP — divide and rule and burn,” Gandhi said.

Gandhi’s strong attack came a day after Modi slammed the opposition in his over two-hour reply to the motion of no-confidence against his government in Lok Sabha.

Gandhi said his remarks that Modi and Amit Shah had “murdered Bharat Mata in Manipur” were not hollow words as he had for the first time in his 19 years in politics been told in a state that if he takes a person from one community in his security detail to the area of another community, they will shoot that security personnel.

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