5 questions; S S Ahluwalia, BJP
On BJP’s threat to bring a censure motion against Trinamool’s Kalyan Banerjee if he did not apologise for his remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri and his family
Why did you call for an apology from Kalyan Banerjee?
I did not name anybody, just said a member of West Bengal’s ruling party. My point is that the kind of language and gestures that have been used in public meetings against the PM is unbecoming of an MP.
What is the next step?
We will bring a censure motion. The MP may then be reprimanded and if there is a repeat offence even suspension is an option. I am the chairman of the Privileges Committee, so I can’t bring a Privilege Motion.
There is a steady escalation of tension in West Bengal between BJP and Trinamool. Have you spoken to the West Bengal Chief Minister?
She speaks into the mike, I hear. Look at the kind of language she used against Amit Shah and the gestures. Is it becoming of a woman leader, the Chief Minister of a state?
There was a spat yesterday inside the House between you and Kalyan Banerjee. What happened?
Nothing much, (Rajiv Pratap) Rudy came and sat with me, Speaker asked him to go back to his seat. Kalyan was talking about repeal of obsolete laws and gestured at us and said they are making them obsolete. I objected to the sweeping remark, one of their MPs made a remark. I said they are products of Saradha at which one of them used the words “child of Adani” against me.
Trinamool moved a privilege notice against Rudy for using his official pad for party communication. Why hasn’t there been any movement on it?
I will look into it, but on the face of it, there is not much of an issue there. If it has to be pursued one should go to the EC but even that is uncertain because election dates are yet to be announced and there is no code of conduct in place.
FROM THE CHAIR
It is also like this that she (BJP member Neelam Sonkar from Lalganj) should treat (us) to mangoes Sumitra Mahajan, Lok Sabha Speaker. During Question Hour while Minister of State for Agriculture Sanjeev Kumar Balyan was replying to a query by the BJP member regarding the steps the government proposed to take for boosting the production and protection of Dussehri and Langada varieties of mangoes in UP.
The Home Minister has assured this House that all possible steps will be taken. Let us be rest assured on that. Let us see what happens. So, don’t be that pessimistic. I can understand your feeling.
P J Kurien, Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha, to Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan who, in response to Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s statement on the alleged rape in an Uber cab, had said she did not believe the government could make things better in terms of safety of women.
SPEAKER OF THE DAY
K C Tyagi, JD(U) MP
What kind of a city is this? In this city, rape is easy to commit but verification of drivers is not easy. The driver was a serial offender, and girls in his native village used to close doors when he would visit. I feel ashamed to be called a man in a society where such heinous incidents take place during discussion.(on Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s statement on the alleged rape inside an Uber cab in Delhi)
Saugata Roy, Trinamool MP
Deputy Speaker Sir, I request you to urge the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs who is newly appointed, not to be like a Jack in the Box. At every opportunity, he jumps up and says something. He may say something, but he cannot intervene again and again.
(on Rajiv Pratap Rudy’s interventions before Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh’s response to a debate on natural calamities.)
PRIME MINISTER: Not present. In Jharkhand on election campaign
RAHUL GANDHI: Not present. Attended Congress Parliamentary Party meeting in the morning before leaving for Kerala.
SONIA GANDHI: Not present. Attended Congress Parliamentary Party meeting
MANMOHAN SINGH: Present in the afternoon.