New Delhi: While the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha on Friday held no dealings due to a stand-off between the government and the opposition over Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Adhir Chowdhury’s remarks about President Draupadi Murmu on Union Minister Smriti Irani failed to do. The controversy even reached Rashtrapati Bhavan, with Chowdhury sending an apology letter to the President for “slipping his tongue”.
Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge on Thursday opposed the remarks made by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Leader of the House Piyush Goyal in Rajya Sabha about Sonia Gandhi, in a letter to the Speaker urging that she be expelled. be done. from records. Kharge also demanded an apology from both the ministers. He said the raising of Lok Sabha-related issues in the Rajya Sabha was a “serious procedural irregularity”.
The Congress, backed by other opposition parties like DMK, NCP and Left parties, raised slogans targeting Irani and reached the Well of the Lower House. BJP members also stood on their seats – which led to two fleeting proceedings and adjournments. Most of the Treasury benches were empty when the House began in the morning, but when the meeting was held again, ministers, including Irani, were present. Sonia was also present in the House. The House was adjourned within minutes of being called in the morning and adjourned for the day as protests continued.
The complete paralysis of the lower house reflected the bitter confrontation between the Congress and the BJP on Thursday, when the latter captured Choudhary’s remarks to target Sonia. Later, the Congress was furious over Irani’s “disrespectful” behavior towards the party chief. The Congress has moved a privilege motion on the issue through a letter to the Speaker, urging him to send it to the Committee of Privileges for action.
The issue also arose in the Rajya Sabha. While the members of the Treasury Bench were also on their feet in protest against Chaudhary.President“Remarks, Opposition members demanded the sacking of Irani for allegedly harassing Sonia. For the second consecutive week, the Upper House failed to do any important work due to disruptions.
Congress MPs, chaired by Sonia Gandhi, held a meeting at the Parliament office on Friday morning, where they slammed the BJP for “making a non-issue an issue”.