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Rahul Gandhi slams Indian government inaction on Manipur violence

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India’s opposition leader Rahul Gandhi condemned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s inaction over deadly ethnic conflict in the northeast on Wednesday, in his first parliamentary speech since his defamation conviction was suspended.

Modi’s administration is being forced this week to defend its conduct over violence in Manipur state that has killed at least 120 people.

Gandhi’s fiery address to the chamber was part of a no-confidence debate demanding the government’s resignation for letting the unrest fester for months.

“You are throwing kerosene in the whole country. You threw kerosene in Manipur and lit a spark,” Gandhi said, with cheers from supporters and jeers from rival lawmakers.

“You’re set on burning the whole country. You are killing Mother India”, he added.

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