Sushma Swaraj tweets 2013 video to fire at Meira Kumar: ‘How Speaker treated Opposition’

This is the first direct attack on either of the two main names in the fray by a prominent leader — the NDA candidate is Ram Nath Kovind. “This is how Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar treated the Leader of Opposition,” Swaraj posted.

Written by Anand Mishra | New Delhi | Updated: June 26, 2017 10:32 am
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Setting the stage for a war of words with the Opposition in the run-up to the presidential poll, senior BJP leader and Union Minister Sushma Swaraj Sunday posted a tweet and a video clip on her Twitter account, raising questions over the approach of rival nominee Meira Kumar when she was Lok Sabha Speaker.

This is the first direct attack on either of the two main names in the fray by a prominent leader — the NDA candidate is Ram Nath Kovind. “This is how Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar treated the Leader of Opposition,” Swaraj posted along with the video clip.

The six-minute, 23-second clip, from the BJP’s YouTube channel, shows a part of the Lok Sabha proceedings on April 30, 2013, when the party was training its guns on the UPA II government on various corruption cases, particularly the coal scam.

In the video, Kumar is seen repeatedly telling Swaraj who is delivering a speech: “Alright, thank you so much… Yes, yes, alright, OK, alright, thank you… Please, I have to now proceed with this Sushmaji. Thank you, Sushmaji.”

In the video, Swaraj describes the UPA government as the “most corrupt government since Independence” and blames the ruling dispensation for disruptions in Parliament. Finally, she announces that her party will stage a walkout.

The video also shows Kumar asking Congress leader and then parliamentary affairs minister Kamal Nath if he wanted to speak. It shows Congress leader Kapil Sibal standing near his seat while party chief Sonia Gandhi is seen seated and listening to Swaraj speak.

In another tweet, Swaraj posted the link of an article from the website of “The Pioneer” newspaper, headlined ‘Speaker interrupted Sushma 60 times in 6-min speech’.

At the time, Swaraj had accused Sonia of inciting Congress MPs and ministers to disrupt her speech and alleged that the Speaker acted in a “partisan” manner and did nothing to stop the ruling party’s leaders.

Swaraj had later announced that her party would boycott all meetings called by the Speaker and Kamal Nath.

In 2011, Kumar had overruled Swaraj’s objections to her decision to allow Lok Sabha secretary general T K Vishwanathan an extension of one year. In a letter to Kumar in August that year, Swaraj had recalled that she had objected to Vishwanathan’s initial appointment in 2010, insisting that the secretary general should be from the Lok Sabha Secretariat.

In the same month, Swaraj and BJP veteran LK Advani had skipped a tea party hosted by the Speaker. Both leaders were said to have been agitated over Kumar “not stopping” Congress MPs from disrupting Advani while he was speaking on the cash-for-vote scam in the Lok Sabha.

In the same year, Swaraj had also raised objections to the then Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi being allowed to deliver a 10-minute “out of turn” speech on the Lokpal issue during Zero Hour while notices moved by other members were not allowed.

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  1. J
    Jun 26, 2017 at 4:38 pm
    Need to change full political elite of India. All of them.
    1. R
      Jun 26, 2017 at 3:32 pm
      Meira Kumar's conscience ? ....Meira kumar is shamelessly driven by greed and even more shamelessly exposed so in her "jee hujoori" to an italian housewife who is bent to sabotage, disrupt and crush the aspirations of millions of young women and men in search of clean and honest livelihoods for which they democratically elected NDA to deliver a governance that treats economic development process of the Nation and higher incomes of all people as its priority.......a priority that does not suit an ancient corrupt congress which has habitually exploited the poor dalits through their commisssion-agents and goons as middlemen collecting haftas for the congress-party from the blood of the poor !
      1. A
        Jun 26, 2017 at 3:03 pm
        This minister is forgetting the the her candidates history of asking minorities to leave India when he was an MP during the Bajpa govt. And for the corruption, I would like to remind the minister that digital economy as expecting by the Modi govt is the biggest scam. The Indian economy will lose 3.75 lakh crore a year as bank service charge for card transaction even if 40 population spent Rs 1000 a day. A major share of this fund will end up in Ambani Adani group through their Reliance Jio and Paytm companies. And BJP will get funds from these companies as and when they need. So the corruption is all time high in BJP rule now than the entire history of congress. So please do not lecture on the corruption linking congress because BJP is more corrupted.
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          Thomas Joseph
          Jun 26, 2017 at 2:49 pm
          From the old days: Sushma Swaraj, then leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha, had declared that “not allowing Parliament to function is also a form of democracy, like any other form”.
          1. P
            Prem Silhi
            Jun 26, 2017 at 2:32 pm
            Historically, as a Hindu, I always had interest in the ways of the body like the natives working for the East India Company, the Raj, and since after the so-called independence, the largest employer and benefactor, the Indian National Congress. You just surrender your mind or perish. I see in progression the old Congress guard in media, bureaucracy, quasi-intelligentsia, and a large crowd of followers relentlessly nipping on their soul I thought was beyond the body. The conscience or the sub-consciousness that connects the body and the slavish mind is in fact the soul that often times becomes insensitive to injustices and cruelty inflicted over decades and perhaps for this reason fails to connect with the Supreme Being and without attaining peace, it wanders in eternity. I now think of Meira Kumar and wonder if she ever thought of why a Dalit is a Dalit after seven decades since her political party took over the reins of the government from the British.
            1. S
              Jun 26, 2017 at 1:58 pm
              Mr.Kovind saheb should not be forgotten for his statement Cristians muslims alien in India
              1. R
                Jun 26, 2017 at 1:53 pm
                Still better than the bar dance someone did at the rajghat ..
                1. I
                  Jun 26, 2017 at 1:48 pm
                  mrs. sushu madam you are the most honest but what your party done no media goes against bjp if you goes against them either face violence or CBI, ED, IT.
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