Renuka Chowdhury Moves Privilege Notice Against Kiren Rijiju For 'Ramayana' Post

Renuka Chowdhury

Union Minister Smriti Irani on Wednesday said Renuka Chowdhury's inappropriate remarks called for a sarcastic reply from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. After Union Minister Kiren Rijiju mocked Renuka Chowdhury in a post shared on Facebook, the senior Congress leader today put up a motion for breach of privilege in the house against the incident.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday took a dig at Chowdhury over her loud laughter at his claim that the idea of Aadhaar was conceptualised during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.

Responding to queries by journalists about Chowdhury's threat, Rijiju said,"I am only referring to how the prime minister didn't get annoyed". Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, the chairperson of Rajya Sabha, was admonishing her when PM Modi said: "Meri aapse vinti hai Renuka ji ko kuch mat kahiye. I merely referred to PM's equanimity".

Though the Prime Minister never took names, the exchange fueled memes on social media and many speculated that Ms Chowdhury had been compared to Surpanakha, a prominent baddie in the Ramayana series based on the life of god-king Ram. "It is not the kind of language which behoves the PM of a country", she said. "The Prime Minister has denigrated the status of women". "They should not act like slaves of the PM", Moily said.

PM Modi was responding to a debate on the President's address and dwelling on his government's schemes when Ms Chowdhury was heard laughing loudly. On a few occasions, Chowdhury led the sloganeering when BJP's Bhupender Yadav spoke during the Budget discussion.

On Thursday, women MPs of the Congress raised slogans against Mr. Modi in the Rajya Sabha, forcing an adjournment. The whole house burst into laughter with Modi's comments. Congress MP and Mahila Wing chief Sushmita Dev termed Modi's comments as cheap and sexist. "Ever since seeing Ramayana serial, for the first time I have got an opportunity to see such a laughter", Modi said, to the thumping from the treasury benches.

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