(From extreme left) TMC's Mahua Moitra, Congresss Manish Tewari, and BJP's Jamyang Tsering Namgyal at the 17th edition of the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi
(From extreme left) TMC's Mahua Moitra, Congresss Manish Tewari, and BJP's Jamyang Tsering Namgyal at the 17th edition of the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi

HTLS 2019 witnesses BJP vs Congress vs TMC on citizenship row, Hyderabad encounter

  • The 17th edition of the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit witnessed a heated debate on issues regarding the Constitution, Indian citizenship, and crime
  • TMC's Mahua Moitra, Cong's Manish Tewari, and BJP's Jamyang Tsering Namgyal faced off over Citizenship Amendment Bill, which was recently cleared by the Union Cabinet

New Delhi: Members of Parliament Mahua Moitra, Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Manish Tewari, Congress raised concern over the recent encounter in Telangana. Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Jamyang Namgyal said that law and order should be maintained.

The leaders were speaking at the 17th Hindustan Times Leadership Summit. The comments comes a day after the four accused in the rape-and-murder last month were killed in an encounter on Friday morning.

"There is rule of law. This is not a jungle Raj. You can't avenge a murder with another murder. This is what separates animals from humans," Moitra said.

BJP MP Namgyal said that the Parliament should be used for such debates. All MPs believe law and order should be respected, he said.

"If you allow these killings then there will be a social sanction for mob lynching. While there a growing social acceptability for extra judicial processes but there is also acceptability for such operations. It has taken seven years to hang Nirbhaya's rapists," Tewari said.

On the upcoming Citizenship Amendment Bill which is likely to be taken up by the Parliament on Monday, Moitra said, "Brute majority can never replace constitutional morality. We need an Opposition with a spine and we intend to do that on a Monday. This bill violates everything our constitution stands for. The Citizenship Amendment Bill you have to proves a different onus."

This Lok Sabha has the highest number of women leaders. Responding to that, Moitra said: "I make enough noise for 10 people. I am the wrong person to be asked this. I give as good as I get. I have never been the kind of person to take this into consideration though."

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