Narendra Modi takes a dig at Renuka Chowdhury's laughter in RS, says it reminded him of Ramayana serial

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday took a dig at fiesty Congress MP Renuka Chowdhury, saying her laughter reminded him of epic serial 'Ramayana'.

While replying to a debate on the motion of thanks to the President's address in the Rajya Sabha, Modi claimed the concept of Aadhaar was mooted in 1998 by the then home minister LK Advani, who spoke about a universally used national identity card.

As Modi sought to shear the previous Congress government of the credit for Aadhaar, Chowdhury burst into a guffaw, drawing disapproval of Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu.

Congress MP Renuka Chowdhury speaking to media on Wednesday. PTI

Congress MP Renuka Chowdhury speaking to media on Wednesday. PTI

"If you have some problem, go to a doctor, please," an irritated Naidu told Chowdhury.

Smiling broadly, Modi requested Naidu not to restrain the Congress MP.

"It is for the first time after the Ramayana serial that we are having the good fortune of hearing such laughter today," Modi said without elaborating, but apparently hinting at a negative character in the serial. Chowdhury objected to Modi's comment but that was not mentioned in the official records of the proceedings.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani stood up to counter Chowdhury but what she said could not be heard in the din.

Updated Date: Feb 08, 2018 09:08 AM

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