Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’s remark about “Rastrapatni” sparked a major political squabble on Thursday, with the BJP accusing the opposition party of insulting President Droupadi Murmu and demanding that Congress chief Sonia Gandhi apologize to the nation.
Chowdhary, the Congress leader in Lok Sabha, defended himself by saying that he never intended to disrespect the president and that his remark was a “slip of the tongue.” Over the issue, he accused the BJP of making a “mountain out of a molehill.”
In the Lok Sabha, Sonia Gandhi is pitted against Smriti Irani:
A spat between Sonia Gandhi and Smriti Irani in the Lok Sabha chamber on Thursday added fuel to the fire during the adjournment.
As Sonia walked across to the Treasury benches, she inquired BJP member Rama Devi why she had been drawn into the controversy.
Irani intervened, gesticulating toward Sonia and apparently objecting to Chowdhury’s remark. Sonia initially ignored Irani’s protests but was soon seen gesticulating at the minister and yelling angrily.
Nirmala Sitharaman, the Finance Minister, claimed that Sonia “told a BJP member not to talk to her.” However, the union minister did not name any specific BJP leader.
As BJP members flocked around Rama Devi and Gandhi, NCP member Suriya Sule and Trinamool member Aparupa Podder were seen escorting the Congress president away from the treasury benches.
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People have several options in this situation:
Instead of doing their jobs, both parties are fighting and demanding apologies from each other.