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Venkaiah Naidu sends privilege notice against Rahul to Lok Sabha speaker

PTI New Delhi | Updated on January 08, 2018 Published on January 06, 2018

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Congress says that government too "shall invite many breach of privilege notices."

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu today sent a privilege notice against Rahul Gandhi to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan for further action, holding that “prima facie there is an issue of privilege,” sources said.

Naidu sent the notice to the Lok Sabha speaker for further action as Gandhi is a member of the Lower House.

A complaint against Gandhi is already pending before the Ethics Committee of the Lok Sabha, chaired by BJP veteran L K Advani, after the speaker forwarded the same to it.

BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member Bhupinder Yadav had given the privilege notice against the Congress President over a tweet put out by him in which he questioned the authority of the Rajya Sabha and questioned its decision. Yadav had alleged that there is a “breach of privilege” by Gandhi as he used derogatory words against Finance Minister and Leader of the House Arun Jaitley, by twisting his name. “On examination, prima facie there is an issue of privilege,” Naidu said while referring the privilege notice to the Lok Sabha speaker, the sources told PTI.

“Dear Mr Jaitlie - thank you for reminding India that our PM never means what he says or says what he means. #BJPLies,” Gandhi said, while putting out a video of the prime minister’s speech against his predecessor and Jaitley’s remarks made in Rajya Sabha.





The BJP member said the Congress President had “deliberately twisted” the spelling of Jaitley’s surname to ‘Jaitlie’, which was “highly derogatory”. He also said that the Congress president, has deliberately misinterpreted the proceedings of Rajya Sabha in order to “malign the government, which constitutes an affront to the dignity of the House”. He also alleged that it is a deliberate attempt at vitiating the political atmosphere of the country.

Yadav had earlier sought to know what action was being initiated against Gandhi on his privilege notice, over which Naidu told the members in the House that the same was under his examination and he would take a view on it at the earliest.



Counter-attack

Reacting over the matter, the Congress today said if it attracted a privilege notice, then the BJP should be held guilty on many such counts. Hitting back at the ruling party, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma cited Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks against his predecessor Manmohan Singh and Vice President Hamid Ansari during the recent Gujarat polls. “If it comes to privilege, ministers in the government have made many such comments which will attract privilege notices," he said.

"The prime minister made inappropriate remarks against people who held constitutional posts. Later finance minister said the prime minister did not mean what he said. If political comments and tweets have to become privilege matters then the ruling party stands exposed and shall invite many breach of privilege notices,” Sharma told reporters.

Published on January 06, 2018
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