Senior BJP leader Bhupnder Yadav moved privilege notice against Congress party president Rahul Gandhi, claiming he “twisted” Leader of the House Arun Jaitley’s name in a post on micro-blogging site Twitter. The tweet alluded to Jaitley’s statement in Rajya Sabha which helped end an impasse over PM Modi’s remarks against his predecessor Manmohan Singh during Gujarat poll campaigning.
Moving the notice under rule 187, Yadav said Gandhi had “intentionally, maliciously and disrespectfully” done that and such an act comes under the category of privilege.
The issue led to immediate uproar from the Congress benches with several MPs standing in the aisles.
Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said he would examine the privilege notice by BJP’s Bhupender Yadav against Gandhi and added that any comment from outside the House on an agreement between the ruling side and the opposition was not good.
“No member should take the name of person who is not present in the house… who can’t defend himself against the charge or an issue raised against him, that is the rule position…,” the Chairman told as he sought to bring order in the house.
On Wednesday, after a prolonged impasse, the Rajya Sabha had passed two important bills after the government and opposition reached an understanding on Prime Minister’s Narendra Modi remarks against his predecessor Manmohan Singh.
“A solemn agreement between the Leader of the House and Leader of the Oppositon was reached. Anybody outside (the House) commenting on the agreement is not good for the House or the system,” Naidu said.
The House was adjourned briefly in the pre-noon session after it saw another Congress protest against Union minister Anantkumar Hegde’s remark on secularism and changing the Constitution.
Though Minister of State for Parliamentart Affairs Vijay Goel stated that Hegde have tendered his apology in Lok Sabha, the Congress MPs stuck to their protest with some members demanding his removal.
“Hegde has clarified in Lok Sabha that his remarks were twisted and he respects Baba Saheb Ambedkar. He has also expressed regret if his statement has hurt the sentiments of anyone,” Goyal said, adding that “after Hegde’s clarification, there is no issue left”.
But as the Congress continued to raise the issue, Chairman Naidu adjourned the House till noon.
(With inputs from PTI)