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Congress protests in Rajya Sabha against PM Modi’s remark on Renuka Chowdhury

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New Delhi: Rajya Sabha proceedings were adjourned till noon today after the Congress members created an uproar over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks against party MP Renuka Chowdhury.

No sooner had the House mourned the death of its former member Frida Topno and the listed papers were laid on the table, Congress members were on their feet protesting against Modi’s dig at Choudhury during his reply to the debate on Motion of Thanks on President’s address yesterday. Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu chided the members for their “unbecoming” behaviour and asked them to resume their places.

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“I have no option other than to adjourn the House,” he said, suspending the proceedings till 1200 hrs. Yesterday, during the reply, Modi had questioned the Congress’s claim of being the originator of the biometric national ID Aadhaar when he said that the then Home Minister L K Advani had in 1998 spoken about an all-purpose national ID in Rajya Sabha. This led to Chowdhury bursting into loud laughter. Naidu had disapproved of the behaviour but Modi asked him not to stop Chowdhury.


“Sabhapati ji meri aapse vinti hai Renuka ji ko kuch mat kahiye. Ramayan serial ke baad aisi hansi sunne ka saubhagya aaj jaake mila hai (I request you not to say anything to Renuka ji. After the Ramayan serial, we got the privilege of hearing this kind of laughter only today,” he said, to the amusement of top BJP leaders and other ministers sitting around him. Chowdhury had protested the remarks but the chairman did not allow her comments to go on record.

Today, the Congress tweeted: “We condemn PM Modi’s derogatory remark in Parliament against former Union minister and RS MP Renuka Chowdhury.” “We also urge the RS Speaker Shri Venkaiah Naidu to not act in a partisan manner and accord due respect to a fellow member of the house,” it said.

  • krishna sarkar

    MODI REMARK PROVE THAT HE IS REALLY A TEAWALLA ATTITUDE

    • Sundeep Gawande

      An insult to all vendors trying to make their living honesty and hard work. A congress mentality.

    • Sameer Aggarwal

      Why ? Why do you say Teawallas are like this ? They are more humble than a lot of us…. especially the educated and elite class who not only carry arrogance in every word but abuse and taunt without a valid reason. Ever been on the road ? the elite ask bystanders to help them locate an address and ask them in a tome as if these bystanders are their slaves …ever heard them GET DOWN from their car and ask a rickshaw-wala or Chaiwala …”Bhaisahab aapki madad chahiye …yeh address kahan padega” and then say “Dhanyavaad / Shukriya ” …NO ..they sit in their car and shout …Oye hello ….ye number kahan padega …

    • vishal nemade

      Looks like your nurturing was substandard, feel sorry for your parents.

  • Sundeep Gawande

    Such a pathetic behavior by Renuka Choudhary. If someone had heard that deafening laughter, it was way beyond the decorum of house. And now she want’s to play a victim card and that too 12 hours late after the plot was mulled with her boss Raga.

  • Vinod Kumar

    Hardly any sympathy towards Renuka ji as she had lost her case by laughing unlike a woman and more like a demon.

  • vishal nemade

    If women being sarcastic, that should be fine(sic) but if that sarcasm is met with another sarcasm, women plays gender card, what a pity

  • venkat

    Singling out one person to criticise is patently unfair.