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Rajya Sabha: BJP moves privilege notice against Rahul Gandhi for Arun Jaitley tweet

Rahul Gandhi had tweeted “Dear Mr Jaitlie — thank you for reminding India that our PM never means what he says or says what he means. #BJPLies.”

Written by Manoj C G | New Delhi | Updated: December 29, 2017 7:48 am
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The BJP gave a notice in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday for raising a breach of privilege motion against Congress president Rahul Gandhi, saying he has imputed motives to the “intent, character and conduct” of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in a tweet. In his notice, senior BJP leader Bhupendra Yadav said Rahul’s tweet twisting the spelling of Jaitley’s surname to ‘Jaitlie’ was highly derogatory. Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said Yadav’s privilege notice is being examined.

“I will have to examine it and take a view. One thing I should advise everybody is that a solemn agreement had been reached between the Leader of the House [Jaitley] as well as the Leader of the Opposition [Ghulam Nabi Azad]. all other people have also endorsed it. Anybody outside commenting on that agreement… That is not fair and good for the House and also our system. But anyhow… I will be going through the privilege motion and take an appropriate decision,” Naidu said.

Hours after the Congress and the government had broken the deadlock in Parliament on Wednesday with Azad telling the House that “nothing should be said to hurt the dignity of the Prime Minister”, Rahul had tweeted “Dear Mr Jaitlie — thank you for reminding India that our PM never means what he says or says what he means. #BJPLies.”

Raising the issue in the House, Yadav said the Congress president intentionally, maliciously and disrespectfully “twisted” Jaitley’s name to defame the House. Congress members rose in protest even as Naidu said “no member should take the name of person who is not present in the House and who cannot defend himself in the House against a charge or an allegation or an issue raised against him”. “That is the rule position, which is very clear. Bhupenderji, you should also know it. The name will not go on record,” the Chairman said.

In his notice, Yadav said Rahul’s tweet not only imputes motives to the intent, character and conduct of Jaitley but the way the spelling of his surname has been twisted is in itself highly derogatory and extremely unbecoming on the part of the Congress president. “In his tweet, the Congress president has deliberately misinterpreted the proceedings of Rajya Sabha in order to malign the government. Thus, it also constitutes an affront to the dignity of the House… It is a deliberate act of vitiating the political atmosphere of the country and a clear-cut attempt of obstructing the House in performance of its functions by vitiating the political atmosphere of the country,” he said.

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  1. Subhash Chaturvedi
    Jan 6, 2018 at 3:02 pm
    This is on expected lines of the ruling disposition. the ins utions of speakership was never compromised earlier. But one ins ution after another are being destroyed. Our entire democratic structure is in danger.
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    1. Sankaran Krishnan
      Dec 29, 2017 at 8:11 am
      It is on the expected lines from the "Uneducated" Pappu Rahul and shows his stupidity and by doing so he is spoiling his own image and that of the already weakened congress party and as expected it seems he is fulfilling the obligation of Congress Mukht under his stupid leadership !!!
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      1. rik c
        Dec 29, 2017 at 7:51 am
        Yeh chaddi gang humiliates every other human being on this planet, but if somebody gives little bit back to them they become such cry babies.
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        1. Uday Sharma
          Dec 29, 2017 at 7:14 am
          When will we see Pappu behaving his age? Classic case of arrested development.
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          1. Abraham K
            Dec 29, 2017 at 6:32 am
            Whatever the bhakts say that was an excellent tweet which hit both the liars right below the belt and at the same time sounded witty. May be it was one of the best tweets of 2017. He should rather be commended.
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            1. duckwalker indian
              Dec 29, 2017 at 3:32 pm
              abraham when will yr church start to preach love for every religion....why is it that u hate Hindus....what did d Hindus do to Christians....is it we Hindus who is converting u people into our religion....why do u keep yr first name Hindu name is iint this to confuse others so that when u christians grows no one notices easily...mwho r liars we or u....wait for 2019
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