Lok Sabha Secretariat has ordered Mr Gandhi to respond by Wednesday, 15th Feb
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has been asked to respond to a notice from the BJP regarding his remarks towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi in parliament. Nishikant Dubey, a member of the BJP, has filed a complaint alleging that the Congress MP violated their privilege. The Lok Sabha Secretariat has ordered Mr Gandhi to respond by Wednesday, 15th February.
While speaking in a debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address earlier this week, Mr Gandhi took a jibe at PM Modi. He questioned his connections to billionaire businessman Gautam Adani. Mr Gandhi had accused the Prime Minister of crony capitalism and cited the sharp growth in Mr Adani’s fortunes following the BJP’s election victory in 2014.
Lok Sabha Secretariat seeks reply from Cong MP Rahul Gandhi on Breach of Privilege notice given by BJP MPs Nishikant Dubey&Pralhad Joshi against Gandhi for making "misleading, derogatory, unparliamentary&incriminatory statement during discussion on President's address on Feb 7."
— ANI (@ANI) February 12, 2023
According to the BJP, his remarks were contemptuous, unparliamentary and misleading. The party also highlighted Mr Adani’s business ventures in Rajasthan as well as in other states, governed by Congress.
Nishikant Dubey sent a letter to the Speaker Om Birla on Wednesday notifying him that Mr Gandhi had violated a privilege. In his note, Mr Gandhi was charged with misleading the House and making accusations against PM Modi without any “documentary evidence.”
Mr Gandhi “has not provided authenticated documentation to support his claims. Without any supporting documentation, he has made a declaration that amounts to misleading the House,“ Mr Dubey wrote.
The BJP MP said, “His comments were misleading, derogatory, indecent, unparliamentary, undignified and incriminatory in nature.”
The “unparliamentary, dishonourable claims” made by Mr Gandhi should be taken out of the House proceedings, according to Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi in a letter to the Speaker.
When the remarks were removed earlier this week, Congress exploded in clamorous outrage. According to the party, “Democracy was cremated” in Lok Sabha. The Congress declared today that democracy is fundamentally and irreversibly in jeopardy unless “free, frank, and fearless discussion is allowed to take place within the two Houses of Parliament.”
In response to claims of stock manipulation and accounting fraud made by US-based short-seller Hindenburg Research, Mr Gandhi made accusations against Prime Minister Modi. At the same time, Mr Adani’s businesses were in the news. During the current budget session, the controversy has caused significant disruptions in both houses of parliament.
According to the Adani Group, the Hindenburg study is a “malicious combination of selected misinformation and old, baseless, and disproven charges that have been put to the test and dismissed by India’s highest courts.”
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