Renuka Chowdhury Moves Privilege Notice Against Kiren Rijiju For 'Ramayana' Post

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The Congress on Thursday protested inside and outside the Rajya Sabha against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's jibe at its leader Renuka Chowdhury, demanding an apology and also hinting that the opposition party may bring a privilege notice against the Prime Minister. "This is highly objectionable and I am going to file a privilege motion", Ms. Chowdhury told reporters minutes after Mr. Rijiju posted the video.

Backing Renuka Chowdhury, Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma had also said that the Prime Minister had crossed the line of political discourse with his language and the "outrageous" reference for which he should apologise. She demanded that Modi apologise to Chowdhury and the nation "for speaking in a manner that encourages disrespectful behaviour towards women".

Rijiju had captioned the tweet as "Despite such vexatious laugh by Renuka Chaudhary ji PM Narendra Modi ji didn't get irritated". "I merely referred to PM's equanimity". Rajya Sabha Chairman remarked that such behaviour is unbecoming.

Calling the PM's comment a "cheap" and "sexist" one, Congress MP Sushmita Dev said, "The Prime Minister has a psychological block in understanding the role of women in Indian society since he has abandoned his own mother and his own wife".

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PM Modi was responding to a debate on the President's address and dwelling on his government's schemes when Ms Chowdhury was heard laughing loudly.

Modi had taken a dig at Chowdhary, who burst out laughing at his claim that the idea of Aadhaar was conceptualised during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. "I can't fall to such levels to reply to him as he has denigrated the status of a woman", she said. This led to Chowdhury bursting into loud laughter.

"The Congress has accused PM Modi of "lowering the dignity of his office" with his comments on Ms Chowdhury and has demanded his apology". "Ever since seeing Ramayana serial, for the first time I have got an opportunity to see such a laughter", Modi said, to thumping from the treasury benches.

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