BJP slams Congress over Renuka Chowdhury's 'derogatory' laugh in Rajya Sabha, says it devalued Parliament

New Delhi: The BJP on Thursday accused the Congress of devaluing Parliament as it attacked the Opposition party over its member Renuka Chowdhury's conduct in the Rajya Sabha.

BJP general secretary Bhupender Yadav hit back at the Congress following its members' protests in the Rajya Sabha over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's dig at Chowdhury in the House.

As she laughed loudly in the House, prompting its chairman Venkaiah Naidu to chide her, a smiling Modi had said Naidu should not act against her as he had the privilege of hearing such a laughter now after the tele-serial Ramayan, which was telecast in 1980s.

File image of Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury. Reuters

File image of Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury. Reuters

Congress members claimed on Thursday his jibe was "derogatory".

Yadav told reporters that Chowdhury's uproarious laughter in the House "disrespected" parliamentary traditions.

The conduct of some Congress members in Parliament is in violation of parliamentary traditions and the party has been "devaluing" constitutional intuitions for some time. The response of the Congress to this is wrong, he said.

Union minister Smriti Irani claimed that she had herself heard Chowdhury passing inappropriate remarks, especially on the prime minister.

BJP leader Vinay Sahasrabuddhe said that laughing at the prime minister's speech was "indecent behavior" which hit the dignity of Parliament.

Updated Date: Feb 08, 2018 22:48 PM

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