June 25, 2019
Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address – Trinamool plays responsible Opposition
Trinamool Congress MPs came out all guns blazing, giving a stinging rebuke to the government through its speeches during the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address.
Two MPs each from the party spoke in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. Saugata Roy and Mahua Moitra spoke in the Lok Sabha while Derek O’Brien and Manish Gupta spoke in the Rajya Sabha.
On the issue of cooperation with the Centre, Saugata Roy made it clear that unless the Centre stops interfering in the State’s matters through the advisories the former is sending, the Bangla Government will not attend meetings called by the Centre. He spoke at length about the EVM manipulation that happened during the general election, and pressed the demand for going back to ballot papers.
In the Rajya Sabha, Derek O’Brien gave a point-by-point critique of the BJP’s mismanagement and misdeeds. He explained the mismanagement regarding health, employment, education, human development, farmers, real empowerment of women and parliamentary productivity. He slammed the Centre on the issue of federalism. He also batted for state-funded elections in his speech.
Mahua Moitra listed the seven signs of a fascist government and explained how these signs can be observed in India. The seven signs are – religious nationalism, disdain for human rights, subjugation and control of mass media, obsession with national security, intertwining of government and religion, complete disdain for intellectuals and the arts, and eroding the independence of the electoral system.
Manish Gupta spoke extensively on the disharmony being spread by the BJP and its government’s policies, be it through the imposition of NRC, undermining of cooperative federalism, setting up a powerless NITI Aayog, data manipulation or mismanagement of farmers’ issues.