She is glamorous, urbane, and sophisticated. Mahua Moitra, from the young brigade of lawmakers in the Indian Parliament’s lower house and elected in the parliamentary polls from the Indian state of West Bengal, is combative too.
Moitra represents Trinamool Congress, a regional political party floated by another fiery woman, leader Mamata Banerjee, who broke away from Indian National Congress, which is now in the opposition.
On Wednesday, she alleged Prime Minister Narendra Modi is showing signs of fascism. Her speech went viral in the media across all platforms.
The BBC, in its headline wrote, “Indian MP Mahua Moitra’s ‘rising fascism’ speech wins plaudits.”
A section of netizens hailed her speech, saying this club needs to expand.
While some said she is like a star born in the Lok Sabha, others said India needs more of her kind.
However, another section of netizens differed to her view about Modi.
#MahuaMoitra was referring to everything that her own political boss is doing in West bengal .So this list of signs need to be shown to Mamata first.— ganpathy kanal (@ganpathykanal) June 27, 2019
The West Bengal is being divided on religious lines more than ever since independence! It would be great if #MahuaMoitra asks the TMC leadership in West Bengal to abide by things she said in parliament today and lead by example. https://t.co/wcnqj1CqaF— Md Salim (@salimdotcomrade) June 26, 2019
In her speech, Moitra said, “The very nature of overwhelmingness of this mandate makes it necessary for the voices of dissent to be heard,” referring to the landslide victory of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the recent elections to Lok Sabha, the lower house of Indian Parliament.
The scale of BJP’s victory had taken opposition parties by surprise and even demolished political analysts expecting a closer race.
Prime Minister Modi’s BJP won 303 seats in a house of 543-members, decimating opposition parties. Moitra’s Trinamool Congress has a strength of 22 lawmakers out of a total of 42 seats from eastern West Bengal.
In the present Lok Sabha, about 53% members are below the age of 55, while over 70% are educationally qualified.