“A war against India” : Smriti Irani lambasts George Soros over remarks on PM Modi

Calling Soros’s remark a ‘declaration to destroy India’s democratic processes’, Irani said Indians have defeated such ‘foreign powers’ who tried to interfere with our internal affairs. “I urge every Indian to give a fitting reply to George Soros,” she said.

| Updated: 17 February, 2023 3:28 pm IST

Union Minister Smriti Irani on Friday, launched a scathing attack on billionaire investor George Soros for his comments that the accusations of stock manipulation against Indian business tycoon Gautam Adani would weaken his “close ally” Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s grip on India. Irani called upon Indians to unitedly respond to ‘foreign powers who try to intervene in India’s democratic processes’.

Calling Soros’s remark a ‘declaration to destroy India’s democratic processes’, she said Indians have defeated such ‘foreign powers’ who tried to interfere with our internal affairs. “I urge every Indian to give a fitting reply to George Soros,” she said.

Speaking at a press conference in Delhi, BJP MP Smriti Irani asked Indians to come together against foreign powers trying to meddle with Indian democracy. “I want to call upon all Indians to fight against this foreign force who’s trying its best to break a country’s system that acted as a pharmacy to the world during covid times. Under Narendra Modi, we have ensured food security for 80 crores of Indians. We as a nation-state are together with PM Modi laying the foundation for the future of our country that will not only fulfill our dreams but will lead to a resilient and stronger economy. Every Indian should give a befitting reply to George Soros who wants to overthrow the democratically elected government of India,” she said.

In his speech ahead of the Munich security conference on Thursday, Soros predicted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “stranglehold over the Indian federal will weaken” because of his alleged closeness to Adani, who has been accused by short-seller Hindenburg of stock manipulation.

Soros, in a viral clip, is heard saying that PM Narendra Modi is a “close ally” of Adani Group founder-chairman Gautam Adani, and the allegations of stock manipulation will “significantly weaken Modi’s stranglehold over India’s federal government.”

“Modi and business tycoon Adani are close allies. Adani enterprises tried to raise funds in the stock market but failed. Adani is accused of stock manipulation and his stocks have collapsed like a house of cards.”

“This will significantly weaken Modi’s stranglehold on India’s federal government and open the door for much-needed institution reform.”

He said with Modi being weakened, democracy will be revived in India. “I may be naive but I expect democratic revival in India,” he said.

He went on to comment on how the Prime Minister needs to speak up in Parliament. “Modi is silent on the subject. But he will have to answer questions foreign investors and in the Parliament.”

The Opposition led by Congress has been demanding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi speak up about the Adani issue in the Parliament – a demand that has been largely ignored by the ruling government.

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