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Rahul Gandhi's stand on Lok Sabha speech: Everything is expunged in PM's world

In a contentious parliamentary session, Rahul Gandhi, the Leader of the Opposition, accused the ruling BJP of communal divisiveness and favoritism towards industrialists Adani and Ambani

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Rahul Gandhi's stand on Lok Sabha speech: Everything is expunged in PM's world

In response to several remarks made in the Lok Sabha that were later expunged, Rahul Gandhi, the Leader of the Opposition, expressed his discontent on Tuesday, stating, "Everything is expunged in PM Modi's world."

"In Modi ji's world, truth can be expunged. But in reality, the truth can't be expunged. I said what I had to say, that is the truth. They can expunge as much as they want. Truth is truth," Gandhi told reporters outside Parliament.

Rahul Gandhi's first address as the Leader of the Opposition drew significant attention and controversy. During the debate on the Motion of Thanks on the President's address to a joint sitting of Parliament, Gandhi accused leaders of the ruling party of dividing people along communal lines, leading to a massive uproar from the treasury benches. Prime Minister Narendra Modi criticized Gandhi for allegedly labeling the entire Hindu community as violent.

Gandhi's speech highlighted themes of fearlessness and unity across various religions. He quoted Prophet Muhammad and held up pictures of Lord Shiva, Guru Nanak, and Jesus Christ to underscore the shared values of courage and fearlessness in Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Christianity, Buddhism, and Jainism. "Do not be scared, do not scare others," he said, emphasizing that all great religions and leaders advocate for bravery and non-intimidation.

However, the controversy escalated when the Chair decided to expunge several of Gandhi's statements from the parliamentary record. These expunged remarks included allegations against the BJP for treating minorities unfairly, criticisms of industrialists Adani and Ambani, claims that the NEET exam favors wealthy students over meritorious ones, and assertions that the Agniveer Scheme is controlled by the Prime Minister's Office rather than the Indian Army.

The session saw multiple interruptions, with PM Modi intervening twice and at least five cabinet ministers, including Home Minister Amit Shah, demanding an apology from Gandhi. Shah, in particular, was vocal about the need for Gandhi to retract his statements, indicating the severity with which the ruling party viewed the accusations.

Gandhi remained steadfast in his assertions, arguing that the BJP's actions contradicted the principles of Hinduism. "Aap Hindu ho hi nahi" (You are not Hindus), he declared, pointing out that Hinduism teaches adherence to truth and courage. His remarks prompted further protests from the treasury benches.

Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra observed the proceedings from the visitors' gallery as Rahul Gandhi continued his critique of the ruling party. He urged the government not to propagate fear or hatred and to view the opposition as collaborators rather than adversaries. "Let us work together to take the country forward," he concluded.

The incident also saw portions of Mallikarjun Kharge's speech in the Rajya Sabha being expunged. Kharge, another prominent opposition leader, had his use of terms like 'Satyanash' (annihilate), 'Ghamand' (arrogance), and 'Mujra' (a dance performance by women during the Mughal era) removed from the records. Additionally, some of Kharge's statements accusing PM Modi of societal division and spreading misinformation were also struck off the record.

This episode underscores the heightened tensions and deep political divisions within India's Parliament. It also highlights the ongoing battle over narrative control, with the opposition accusing the ruling party of censorship and the government emphasizing the need for respectful discourse.

As the political drama continues to unfold, it remains to be seen how these events will impact the broader political landscape in India. The expunged remarks, though removed from the official record, have already made their mark in public discourse, illustrating the complex interplay of truth, perception, and power in Indian politics.

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