Supriya Sule’s sari talk in Parliament draws flak

New Delhi/ Mumbai : Senior advocate and women rights activist Abha Singh on Friday dubbed Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP Supriya Sule’s remark that parliamentarians do indulge in small talk and gossip even when serious issues are discussed, especially when speeches at Parliament get repetitive, as extremely shameful and demanded her resignation.

Singh reminded Sule that every minute of Parliament is precious and said that the focus should be on welfare of the common man.

“She has been elected and sent there to shape the country’s future, to decide for the welfare of the common man. And if in this precious time, she is wasting on gossiping and discussing about saris than it is highly shameful and condemnable,” Singh told ANI here.

“I think she should step down. Just because she is Sharad Pawar’s daughter, she has reached the Parliament. And that is why everybody says that dynasty politics should not be allowed in India,” she added.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Shobha Oza said the proceedings and policies of the Parliament must be respected and added that one should give positive contributions in the House.

Shiv Sena leader Manisha Kayande also echoed similar sentiments on the matter. “It is very unfortunate that such issues come to the fore at a time when we are demanding more seats for women in the Parliament,” she said.

Sule had earlier said that like school students, the parliamentarians too sometimes get bored after listening to lengthy lectures and debates in the House and discuss other topics among themselves. Meanwhile, as she came under attack for her remarks, Sule claimed that she was misquoted.

At an event organised by the Nashik-based Fravashi International Academy on Thursday, Sule had said that people think that MPs are discussing important affairs but it may not be the case always when debates are repetitive. “When I go to Parliament, I hear the first speech, the second speech and third speech.

Till the fourth speech, the one who is speaking is saying the same things the earlier speakers have said,” she said.           “If you ask me what was said, after the fourth speech, I am unable to do so. We speak to some other MP. While chatting with the MPs, everyone is watching, the TV above is watching.

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