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Congress MP KC Venugopal moves privilege motion against PM Modi for derogatory remarks against Rahul, Sonia Gandhi

Congress MP KC Venugopal, Friday, moved a privilege motion against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for alleged derogatory remarks against Rahul Gandhi and his mother and former party chief Sonia Gandhi.
03:46 PM Mar 17, 2023 IST | APN Live
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Congress MP KC Venugopal, Friday, moved a privilege motion against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for alleged derogatory remarks against Rahul Gandhi and his mother and former party chief Sonia Gandhi.


In a scathing barb aimed at Sonia Gandhi, her son Rahul Gandhi, and daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra—PM Modi while replying to a debate on the motion of thanks on President Murmu’s address, asked why no one from the Gandhi family uses his surname but pounces at the BJP if they sometimes “forget” to mention him.

The Prime Minister asked: “We would correct our mistake as he was the first prime minister of the country. But I do not understand why anyone from his clan is afraid of keeping Nehru surname?”


He further if they (Gandhis) were “ashamed” of using the Nehru surname and if so, why?… “When the family is not ready to accept such a great personality, why do you keep questioning us.”

PM Modi further said that he has read somewhere that as many as 600 government schemes are reportedly in the name of the Gandhi-Nehru family.


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Responding to the PM’s comments against the Gandhi family during his speech, KC Venugopal wrote in the notice: “Above mentioned remarks prima facie made in a mocking manner are not only disgraceful but also insulting and defamatory vis-a-vis the members of Nehru family particularly Smt. Sonia Gandhi and Shri Rahul Gandhi who are Members of Lok Sabha.’

Vengopal added: “At the outset, I would like to say that the very suggestion by the Prime Minister why did they not take Nehru as a surname is preposterous by its very nature. Prime Minister knows on that day knew very well that surname of the father is not taken by daughter.”

“Despite knowing that, he deliberately mocked. Besides this, there is no need for further elaboration. Furthermore, the tone and tenor of the remark is insinuating and derogatory in nature. This clearly amounts to a casting reflection upon Smt. Sonia Gandhi and Shri Rahul Gandhi by the Prime Minister which breaches upon their privileges and is also tantamount to contempt of the House,’ the notice added further.

Meanwhile, both Houses of the Parliament were adjourned till Monday, March 20, today as commotion continued for the second consecutive day over the ruling BJP stepping up the pressure for an apology from Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over his comments in the United Kingdom.

Addressing a presser yesterday, Gandhi had said that he wants to respond to the charges levelled against him by the BJP but isn’t being allowed to speak in the Parliament.

Reports quoting sources said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won’t let the Congress scion speak in the House unless he formally apologises for his remarks.

Chaos continued during the second the leg of the ongoing budget session today in parliament as BJP members pushed for Gandhi’s apology while the opposition parties pressed for their demand of a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the Adani-Hindenberg row.

Both sides resorted to loud sloganeering leading to the audio being muted as ruckus ensued and ultimately the parliament was adjourned for the day.

Later, in a tweet in Hindi, reiterating Rahul Gandhi’s claims of microphones of opposition leaders being muted whenever they try talking about an important issue in the parliament, the Congress said: “Earlier only the mic used to be turned off, today even the proceedings of the House were muted. The house is mute for PM Modi’s friend.”

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