Mohua Moitra, the newly-elected MP from the Trinamool Congress, recently became an instant star after she made her maiden speech in the parliament. Speaking during the debate on the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address, Mohua Moitra tore into the Narendra Modi government by outlining the ‘seven signs’ of early fascism in India adding that it was ‘incumbent upon’ every India to stand up to fascism. The video of Moitra’s fiery speech went viral in no time with many declaring that a new star was born in Indian politics. Soon, an old video of Moitra showing middle-finger to controversial TV anchor Arnab Goswami too went viral.
She said, “Citizens are being thrown out of their homes and are being called illegal immigrants. People who have lived in this country for 50 years have to show a piece of paper to prove they are Indians. In a country where ministers cannot produce degrees to show that they graduated from college, you expect dispossessed poor people to show papers as proof that they belong to this country.”
She was in no mood to stop as she said that the ‘2019 election was won on WhatsApp, Fake News and manipulating minds.’ “It is the very nature of the overwhelmingness of this mandate, of the totality of this mandate, that makes it necessary for us to be heard today, for the voice of dissent to be heard today,” she continued.
Moitra became a hero on social media with Twitterati, in particular, hailing her for her incredible speech. Also praising her was comedian Kunal Kamra, who shared an old clip of Moitra appearing in a Times Now debate being moderated by Arnab Goswami, who launched Republic TV in 2017. During the debate with Goswami in 2015, Kamra wrote, “Mahua Moitra First time MP second time Savage.”
*Mahua Moitra First time MP second time Savage* pic.twitter.com/93tfUR3kiA
— Kunal Kamra (@kunalkamra88) June 27, 2019
After Kamra shared the old video of Moitra showing her middle finger to Goswami in frustration of not being allowed to speak, Twitterati began to once again hail her. One wrote, “Someone plz make a Photoshop of Mahua on Wonder woman. She deserves it. Absolutely amazing work. #Respect.” Another commented, “This was enough to understand she is not to mess with. But arnab wanted to test the waters. And he got a well-deserved response from Ms. MOITRA!” Another user commented, “Arnab Goswami, stop messing around with Tagore’s girls.”
The BJP won 18 seats out of 42 seats in West Bengal in the last months’ Lok Sabha polls. Experts say that the BJP’s ability to make a dent into what’s been known as the Trinamool citadel doesn’t augur well for Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Alarmed over the rise of the BJP, Banerjee has now called for unity among non-BJP parties namely the Trinamool, the Congress and the members of the Left Front.