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Congress vs BJP over Renuka Chowdhury’s laughter, PM Modi remark & Kiren Rijiju tweet

Union minister Kiren Rijiju, tweeted a video clip form the serial Ramayan, which Modi had referenced during his speech. Chowdhury said she will move a breach-of-privilege notice against Rijiju.

Written by Manoj C G | New Delhi | Updated: February 9, 2018 9:43 am
Chowdhury said she will move a breach-of-privilege notice against Rijiju. Renuka Chowdhury says she will move for privilege against Rijiju. (Express photo: Praveen Jain)

The Congress and the BJP engaged in an exchange over Congress MP Renuka Chowdhury’s laughter during PM Narendra Modi’s reply to the President’s address in Rajya Sabha, and the PM’s remark directed at Chowdhury.

Union minister Kiren Rijiju, meanwhile, tweeted a video clip form the serial Ramayan, which Modi had referenced during his speech. Chowdhury said she will move a breach-of-privilege notice against Rijiju.

At one point during Modi’s speech Wednesday, Chowdhury had burst into loud laughter. Modi then urged the Rajya Sabha chairman not to stop Chowdhury, saying: “Ramayan serial ke baad aisi hasi sunne ka ab saubhagya mila hain.”

On Thursday, Rijiju posted a clip of the character Shurpanakha from the 1980s serial. It was later deleted.

Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad met chairman Venkaiah Naidu and drew his attention to the video. Naidu, sources said, brought the issue to the notice of the MoS for Parliamentary Affairs.

“This is highly objectionable and I am going to file a privilege motion,” Chowdhury told reporters. Rijiju, on the other hand, said he was only “referring to how the prime minister didn’t get annoyed”. “Despite such vexatious laugh by Renuka Chaudhary, the PM didn’t get irritated,” he said.

Sources said women MPs of the Congress too met Naidu and conveyed they were unhappy at the way he had rebuked her after she burst into laughter. While warning he would have to name her, Naidu had told her, “What happened to you, Renukaji? …If you have some problem, go to a doctor, please….”

The Congress disrupted Rajya Sabha proceedings Thursday demanding an apology for the Prime Minister’s remarks. Its women’s wing too demanded an apology from the Prime Minister. Mahila Congress chief Sushmita Dev said: “I express my shock at the utterly sexist and downright distasteful comment against a Member of Parliament, made by none less than the Prime Minister of India. I personally feel that this attitude and comment in the Upper House of Parliament directed at Renuka Chowdhury, belittles the office of the PM and amounts to an insult to each and every woman in the country,” she said.

Congress leader Anand Sharma said the PM “did cross one line of political discourse which is respected by all, not once but many a time by his use of language and his outrageous reference which registered with the members later… What was alluded to is shameful. We condemn it. He should apologise.”

He said Rijiju’s post was objectionable. “And the Prime Minister is silent on that, which is again not only obnoxious, outrageous but condemnable.”

For the BJP, Union minister Smriti Irani hit back at Chowdhury. “It is wrong to use your gender as a shield to hide your ill-mannered behaviour. Ask any woman, she would not accept it,” Irani told reporters.

BJP’s Bhupender Yadav told reporters that Chowdhury’s laughter “disrespected” parliamentary traditions. He said the conduct of some Congress members in Parliament violates parliamentary traditions, and that the response of the Congress is wrong.

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  1. Geeta Pandey
    Feb 9, 2018 at 10:22 am
    What would one expect from a man who abandoned his own wife like a abandoned cow. Now, he is busy shedding tears for others wives over triple Talak. Bluff master- lotus has a very short life.
    1. Devbrata Nayak
      Feb 9, 2018 at 5:29 pm
      Triggered? Get used to It. Lotus is here minimum for a couple of decades. U better stop insulting our PM or u will get what u deserve. And by d way every human being has the right of self defence. what PM did is absolutely right in my opinion.
    2. Suhas Gha
      Feb 9, 2018 at 10:09 am
      A 5 year old boy also will tell what modi's taunt referred to. But let us know and understand that bjp is filled with all such charectors of ramayana and mahabharat. Heased by Dshnan who talks with 10 mouths, kans, tratika, durdhyon, dushasan, jaidrath, shakuni, kumbhakarn, bhasmasoor, jarasandh and shishupal. Every one is available in bjp. And by using their lies and vemon, are bent upon distroying this country. Already they are attacking the social fabric of india. Next will be intigrity of india. And this party given another chance, there will be 500 odd princly states again. Bjp is most dangerous en y to india than anything else.
      1. Devbrata Nayak
        Feb 9, 2018 at 5:32 pm
        BJP may have many ramayana charactors. But yours one is special. Yaa I m talking about Bhasmasur(s) of INC. Guess who??
      2. R
        Feb 9, 2018 at 9:54 am
        It is Renuka ji who should apologise rather than Rijju or PM. It is total disrespect to booing or laughing when PM is addressing the House. Congress is completely turning the the table and blaming PM or Rijju,sad state of affairs.
        1. Devbrata Nayak
          Feb 9, 2018 at 5:34 pm
          Congress MPs do not know how to give respect. The only qualifying reason to be a congress MP is you must be an blind servant of Nehru family. So please do not expect them to behave.
        2. Raju Charles
          Feb 9, 2018 at 9:43 am
          Happy People are most attractive, they laugh and Smile a lot!rd
          1. Devbrata Nayak
            Feb 9, 2018 at 5:46 pm
            So are MAD peoples!!!
            1. Black cobra
              Feb 10, 2018 at 4:48 pm
              Her laughter was villainous and just like lady dons in films.
            2. H
              Feb 9, 2018 at 9:10 am
              Renuka's laugh was really like a vamp. Naydu tried to stop her. Modiji described what he felt while listening to her laugh. What is wrong? Only thing wrong is Renuka' s vexatios laughing in Parliament when Prime Minister was addressing.
              1. Suhas Gha
                Feb 9, 2018 at 10:15 am
                Renuka laugh was on the statement by modi. And statement is worth laughing. Actually every one should have laughed modi gave credit to vajapai for aadhar which was started by upa. If he wants to give credit to bjp, give bjp credit for misuse and abuse of card. What she laughed is correct. Modi's statement, any 5 year old boy will laugh. This man must go in nect election. No execuse. He must be defeated. Or all of us opposing him will be in concentration camp.
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