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PM Modi’s Ramayana jibe at Renuka Chowdhary triggers war of words between Congress, BJP

Congress' Anand Sharma termed PM Narendra Modi's remark as "condemnable". The prime minister, he said, "crossed the line of political discourse" with the use of his language and his "outrageous" reference.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: February 8, 2018 11:11 pm
Narendra Modi's Ramayana jibe on Renuka triggers Mahabharata between Congress, BJP Renuka Chowdhary (L) and PM Narendra Modi. (File photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Ramayana’ remark over Renuka Chowdhary’s laughter in the Rajya Sabha has triggered a war of words between the Congress and BJP. Calling Modi’s comment “distasteful” and “sexist”, the Congress and its women’s wing, the Mahila Congress on Thursday demanded an apology from the Prime Minister.

Congress’ Anand Sharma termed Modi’s remark as “condemnable”. The prime minister, he said, “crossed the line of political discourse” with the use of his language and his “outrageous” reference. He told reporters, “A women parliamentarian laughing at his language of claims what was alluded to is shameful. We condemn it. He should apologise.”

Mahila Congress chief Sushmita Dev said, “I express my shock at the utterly sexist and downright distasteful comment against an honourable Member of Parliament, made by none less than the honourable Prime Minister of India.”

The BJP, meanwhile, has also responded to the incident and Chowdhury’s “badtameezi” (ill-mannered behaviour). Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani said, “It is wrong to use your gender as a shield to hide your ill-mannered behaviour. Ask any woman, she would not accept it.”

During his speech in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, Chowdhary had burst into laughter, drawing disapproval from Chairman Venkaiah Naidu. She was reacting to Modi statement that the concept of Aadhaar was mooted in 1998 by the then home minister L K Advani. When Naidu asked Chowdhary to behave, Modi urged him not to restrain the Congress MP. “It is for the first time after the Ramayana serial that we are having the good fortune of hearing such laughter today,” Modi had said.

The clipping of this incident was tweeted by Union Minister Kiren Rijiju today, drawing criticism from Chowdhary, who has threatened to move a privilege motion against him. Rijiju, however, said he just wanted to show how Modi kept his cool despite the “vexatious” laugh.

“This is highly objectionable and I am going to file a privilege motion (in Rajya Sabha),” Chowdhury told reporters minutes after Rijiju posted the video.

Responding to queries by journalists about Chowdhury’s threat, Rijiju said,”I am only referring to how the prime minister didn’t get annoyed. Despite such vexatious laugh by Renuka Chaudhary, the PM didn’t get irritated.”

(with inputs from PTI)

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  1. Pradeep Bajpai
    Feb 9, 2018 at 9:49 am
    Those who laughed are crying.
    1. Kustagi Raghavendrachar
      Feb 9, 2018 at 5:40 am
      Ms Renuka choudhary must know that the RS is congregation of elders.There every member must exhibit utmost decorum as the whole country is viewing RS proccedings live.Discussions are expected to be very majestic.When serious subject is being put forth by PM a sarcastic laugh will speak volumes on the person who has indulged in it.The RS members has an advantage of not contesting elections and safe for 6 long years .Like this if any member had behaved in LS people could have taught lesson to the member in elections. Being a woman does not give permition for this sort of behaviour fact our women must always set standards for their men counterparts.
      1. Saurabh Political
        Feb 9, 2018 at 5:15 am
        The spontaneous laughter may be interpreted as a divine voice. Lord Shiva had reduced the city of Tripura to ashes with a mere smile. It is time the opposition cornered the agents of the Liar-In-Chief at Tripura by forcing them to release the 7th Pay Commission and Special Status for Andhra Pradesh. TDP should join forces and register their protests at Tripura.
        1. G
          Feb 9, 2018 at 5:00 am
          Infact PM has given mild response to her monstrous laugh in the parliament. Better Congress party should not try to take mileage out of it. What is her credibility and contributions being in politics for so many years?
          1. Feb 9, 2018 at 4:34 am
            These women politicians are blot on Indian democracy. Once Sushma Swaraj did deshbkati dance around Gandhi's place...and now this Renuka laughing in parliament. We Indians definitely need to kick out the jerks.
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