Rajya Sabha chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu has referred the issue of privilege raised by BJP MP Bhupinder Yadav against Congress president Rahul Gandhi to the Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan for further consideration.
On examining the privilege notice submitted by Yadav, the Rajya Sabha Chairman concluded that there was prima facie a question of privilege. Yadav, who had moved the notice on December 28, 2017, raised the matter in Rajya Sabha on Friday, the concluding day of the Winter Session of Parliament.
Yadav had raised the privilege issue under Rule 187 of the rules of procedure and conduct of business in the Council of States.
In his notice, Yadav stated that the tweet of Congress President Rahul Gandhi on the 28th of last month was highly derogatory and a deliberate misinterpretation of the proceedings of the Rajya Sabha.
Rahul’s tweet purportedly referred to the statement of Leader of Rajya Sabha and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley made in the House the previous day to resolve the stalemate on the issue of alleged comments of Prime MInister Modi against former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
After prolonged discussions at the behest of the Rajya Sabha Chairman, Jaitley and leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad made statements in the House reiterating their commitment to respect and uphold the dignity of the office of prime minister.
Jaitley stated that prime minister Modi did not mean to question the commitment of Dr Manmohan Singh and former Vice-President Md. Hamid Ansari.
Yadav further said Rahul Gandhi’s tweet amounted to an affront to the dignity of Rajya Sabha as well.
As per the laid down procedure, if an issue of privilege is made against a member of the House, such notice is required to be referred to the House in which he is a member.
Accordingly, since Rahul Gandhi is a member of the Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha Chairman referred the privilege notice against Rahul Gandhi to the Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.