Friday, 23 February, 2018

Rajya Sabha adjourned for some time over PM comment on Renuka Chowdhury

Renuka Chaudhary Renuka Chaudhary
Sherri Watson | 09 February, 2018, 11:21

Congress MP Renuka Chowdhury on Thursday said she would move a privilege motion against Union Minister Kiren Rijiju for tweeting a video of Prime Minister Narendra Modi mocking at her laughter in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. "This is highly objectionable and I am going to file a privilege motion", Ms. Chowdhury told reporters minutes after Mr. Rijiju posted the video.

Hitting out at ministers backing Modi, senior Congress leader Veerappa Moily said, "Some women ministers have said that Renuka Chowdhury deserved the comment from the Prime Minister". The delegation demanded that Modi tender an apology as his remark against Chowdhury was anti-women.

Earlier, speaking on motion of thanks to President's address in Rajya Sabha, Modi again attacked Congress and said, While criticising BJP, you start criticising India. "I merely referred to PM's equanimity".

Calling the PM's comment a "cheap" and "sexist" one, Congress MP Sushmita Dev said, "The Prime Minister has a psychological block in understanding the role of women in Indian society since he has abandoned his own mother and his own wife". Stopping Vice President from criticising Renuka Chowdhury over her laughter, PM Modi said, "Meri aapse vinti hai Renuka ji ko kuch mat kahiye".

Women leaders from the Congress came in support of the former Union minister saying Modi had insulted a woman. The loud laughter was later condemned by all BJP leaders present in the House. When Women Reservation bill was brought in Rajya Sabha, they supported it and today when I moved an amendment over the same issue they voted against it. On a few occasions, Chowdhury led the sloganeering when BJP's Bhupender Yadav spoke during the Budget discussion.

"Let me remind them about a debate in the Rajya Sabha on July 7, 1998, LK Advani as home minister of the country said in reply to a question that a multi-purpose identity card will also be used for passport, driving licence and others".

Smiling broadly, Modi had requested Naidu not to restrain the Congress MP.