Controversial: Trinamool MP Mahua Moitra Echoes Crass Abuse While Defending Herself Over Plagiarism Charges Against Her Maiden Parliament Speech

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TMC MP Mahua Moitra who was embroiled in a controversy recently owing to her maiden Lok Sabha speech broke all propriety and norms while interacting with the media. She read out a cuss word while speaking to reporters outside the Parliament. 

Written By Apoorva Rao | Mumbai | Updated On:

TMC MP Mahua Moitra who was embroiled in a controversy recently owing to her maiden Lok Sabha speech broke all propriety and norms while interacting with the media.

Moitra, who was accused by a section of the media and well-known personalities of plagiarising her first speech in the Lok Sabha, read out a cuss word while speaking to reporters outside the Parliament. 

She read a tweet by a foreign journalist from whose article she was accused of plagiarising the speech from. The journalist had given her a clean chit and said that she was "falsely accused of plagiarising" him. He had also taken a dig at the right-wing by using a cuss word saying that "right-wing a******s seem to be similar in every country".

On Wednesday, the Krishnanagar MP while attempting to defend herself from plagiarisism charges to the media read the journalist's tweet including the cuss word.

Listen to Mahua Moitra using unparliamentarian language below:

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The plagiarism controversy 

During her first ever speech in the Parliament the MP from West Bengal had addressed the Speaker and the members of the Lower House and listed out the early signs of fascism in the country. Her speech had gone viral on social media, but certain eminent personalities on Twitter and a section of media quickly pointed that the very signs that she spoke of were exactly like that from a poster sold at the US Holocaust Memorial and an article by Martin Longman in Washington Monthly, thereby accusing her of plagiarism.

The poster was about the list of seven early signs of fascism. The text from the poster was earlier referred in an article in an American bi-monthly magazine called Washington Monthly. The writer of the article Martin Longman had used the list in the poster to draw parallels to the situation in the United States under Donald Trump's rule. A fact-checking website had reported that the original list of early signs of fascism on the poster was authored by an amateur historian called Laurence Britt in 2003 during George Bush's presidency.

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