Parliament fashion alert: From kalamkari sightings to Wayfarer frames, a Twitter handle shows that MPs love styling too
While the Lok Sabha debates the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a Twitter handle provides a light hearted departure from a rather tense political atmosphere.
So you thought Parliament is only about acrimonious verbal exchanges, dreary legalese and (now) surprise hugs? A Twitter handle, started in February this year, appears to be set out to prove that there's more to Indian democracy. The handle — @ParlFash — is dedicated to the sartorial sense (or the lack thereof) of members of Parliament.
While the Lok Sabha continues its debate on the no-confidence motion against the central government in the Monsoon Session of Parliament, the handle is providing a light-hearted departure from the rather tense political atmosphere.
In its bio, the handle claims, "For fashion's sake, and for Indian public's (If Goswami can be a self-proclaimed spokesperson, so can we) eye's sake. Burberry jackets aren't a sin, or are they?"
From the striking (and, not-so-striking) colour choices to the type of fabric that the MPs wore, the Twitter handle had a few words for everything.
— Parliament Fashion Alert (@ParlFash) July 20, 2018
Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader Jayadev Galla initiated the debate on the no-trust motion and attacked the Modi government for ignoring the interests of Andhra Pradesh after Telangana was carved out of it. He also quoted from Mahesh Babu-starrer Telugu movie Bharath Ane Nenu and said that the theme of the movie was "a promise is a promise". Taking this reference, the Parliament Fashion Alert twitter account said:
I mean he made cinematic references (read: some Mahesh Babu's movie) and Machiavellian governance in the same breath. Sporting wayfarer frames, this man is no drifter. #NoConfidenceMotion #MonsoonSession2018 pic.twitter.com/rPnktqdVNR — Parliament Fashion Alert (@ParlFash) July 20, 2018
Meanwhile, commenting on Harsimrat Kaur Badal's choice of wearing bright yellow for Friday's session, the handle tweeted:
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