New Delhi: Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra, who took the Lok Sabha and the social media by storm with her maiden speech in the Parliament, on Wednesday was caught batting away allegations of plagiarising her fiery speech. Also Read - Cooch Behar Firing 'Genocide', Says Mamata Banerjee, Accuses EC of 'Suppressing Facts'
In her ‘fascism’ speech, Lok Sabha MP Mahua Moitra had lambasted the Modi government severely. Also Read - Self Defence: Cooch Behar Firing Took Place After Locals Attacked CISF Jawans, Says Election Commission
Speaking to the media outside Parliament while holding a piece of paper with tweets of the American commentator, whose speech she is alleged to have lifted, Moitra quoted, “I’m internet famous in India because a politician is being falsely accused of plagiarizing me. It’s kind of funny, but right-wing assholes seem to be similar in every country.” Also Read - Mamata Banerjee Seeks Amit Shah's Resignation Over Cooch Behar Firing, Accuses Central Forces of Working At BJP's Behest
A Washington Monthly article has been doing the rounds on Twitter while carrying instances of Moitra’s speech that are same as that in the article.
Reacting to such reports, Moitra issued a statement that read, “Plagiarism is when one does not disclose one’s source. My source as mentioned categorically in my speech was the poster from the Holocaust Museum created by the political scientist Dr. Laurence W. Brit pointing out the 14 signs of early fascism. I found 7 signs relevant to India and spoke at length about each of them.”
She further added, “My speech came from the heart… the hits were organic and BOT controlled. I repeat, “Bandhney mujhe tu aaya hai? Zanjeet badi kya laya hai?”