This is Highly Objectionable, Will File for Privilege: Cong’s Renuka Chowdhury

Renuka Chowdhury

Story highlights

  • Rijiju later clarified that he was only referring to how PM didn’t get annoyed
  • PM Modi’s insinuation – the “evil laugh” of Surpanakha, the sister of demon king Ravana, from a Ramayana episode

New Delhi: Bristling at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s joke on her laughter in parliament, Congress MP Renuka Chowdhury on Thursday took exception to Union minister Kiren Rijiju tweeting a video of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s sarcastic jibe on her in Parliament yesterday, the report said.

During a debate in the Rajya Sabha yesterday, PM Modi had joked that Renuka Chowdhury’s laughter reminded him of the 1980s’ television series “Ramayana”. Hours later, Mr Rijiju, the Minister of State for Home, shared a video that has now vanished from his Facebook page. It was a clip of the much-talked-about exchange in parliament but cheekily began with what many interpreted as PM Modi’s insinuation – the “evil laugh” of Surpanakha, the sister of demon king Ravana, from a Ramayana episode. This morning, Mr Rijiju posted another version on Twitter – without the Surpanakha clip.

This is highly objectionable, and I am going to file for a privilege, Chowdhury said.

Kiren Rijiju later clarified that he was only referring to how PM didn’t get annoyed.

The house burst into laughter and BJP lawmakers thumped their desk while many in the Congress squawked in outrage. Chowdhury said that she did not wish to respond to PM Modi’s remarks, adding that he had denigrated the status of a woman.

PM Modi has denigrated the status of women. I am a mother of two daughters, Ms Chowdhury added.

The government should apologise, added her colleague Pramod Tiwari.

Union Minister Smriti Irani also came to the matter and said, I was present there. I heard the kind of indecent remarks she was making on PM Modi.

Is it justified that she makes indecent remarks and when those remarks are met sarcastically she makes her gender her shield?

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Renuka Chowdhury is a Rajya Sabha MP of Congress from Andhra Pradesh and a former Union minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ministry of Women and Child Development in the Government of India.

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