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India believes in merit, not dynasty: Smriti Irani’s response to Rahul Gandhi

The Lok Sabha witnessed an intense exchange of words as Smriti Irani vehemently countered Rahul Gandhi's remarks on Manipur.

Edited By : Mayank Kasyap | Updated: Aug 12, 2023 09:57 IST
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Smriti Irani's response to Rahul Gandhi
Smriti Irani speaks during the Monsoon session of the Parliament.

New Delhi: Union Minister Smriti Irani delivered a fiery response to Rahul Gandhi’s recent remarks on Manipur during a charged Lok Sabha session. In a scathing rebuttal, Irani refuted Gandhi’s statements and asserted India’s unity and values.

Responding to Rahul Gandhi’s comments questioning Manipur’s status, Smriti Irani emphasized, “Manipur is not divided. It is a part of India. It can never be divided.” Irani’s assertion underscored India’s unwavering unity and territorial integrity.

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Dynasty vs Merit: Irani’s fierce response

Union Minister Smriti Irani, known for her powerful oratory, engaged in a verbal duel with Rahul Gandhi over the principles of governance. “You are not INDIA for India is not corrupt. India doesn’t believe in dynasty,” Irani proclaimed, highlighting the contrast between meritocracy and dynastic politics.

‘Corruption quit India, dynasty quit India’

In a scathing retort, Smriti Irani invoked India’s historical struggle for independence by stating, “Corruption Quit India, Dynasty Quit India.” Her forceful words resonated with the sentiment of prioritizing merit and transparency over dynastic entitlement.

Irani invokes atrocities on women in Rajasthan

Drawing attention to critical issues, Smriti Irani unveiled the distressing incidents of violence against women. She highlighted a gruesome incident in Rajasthan’s Bhilwara where a 14-year-old girl was raped, murdered, and her body mutilated. Irani underscored the need to address such atrocities effectively.

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Irani recalls 1984 

Smriti Irani didn’t hold back as she revisited the dark chapters of India’s history. She recalled the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and the unrest in Kashmir during the Congress’s rule. Irani’s remarks aimed to remind the assembly of the party’s past actions and decisions.

Congress dodging debate

Smriti Irani criticized the opposition for evading debates on crucial issues. She referenced Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s willingness to discuss the Manipur matter. Irani highlighted the opposition’s absence during these discussions.

Emergency horrors recounted: Congress’s stained legacy

Smriti Irani concluded her forceful address by recalling the horrors of the Emergency era. She asserted that the Congress party’s history is marked by bloodshed and reminded the assembly of the turbulent times that have shaped India’s political landscape.

Irani rebukes Gandhi’s Manipur statements

The Lok Sabha witnessed an intense exchange of words as Smriti Irani vehemently countered Rahul Gandhi’s remarks on Manipur. Irani’s impassioned defense of India’s values and her stark comparison between meritocracy and dynastic politics added to the charged atmosphere of the session.

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First published on: Aug 09, 2023 01:56 PM IST

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