New Delhi: Union Minister and BJP MP Smriti Irani strongly condemned Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for what she deemed an inappropriate gesture in Parliament. Prior to departing the session, Rahul Gandhi blew a flying kiss, prompting a forceful rebuke from Irani. She expressed her objection to the behaviour, highlighting that displaying indecency within the parliamentary setting is both unwarranted and disrespectful.
Irani went on to assert that such actions, particularly a flying kiss, are unbecoming of the Parliament where female Members of Parliament are present. She underscored that this incident marks a departure from the dignified conduct historically observed within the country’s legislative body and highlights how Gandhi is a misogynistic man.
In response to the incident, a group of NDA women MPs penned a letter to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, urging him to take stringent action against Rahul Gandhi. They accused the Congress MP of making inappropriate gestures towards Smriti Irani during her speech in the House while discussing the no-confidence motion against the government. The complaint, endorsed by over 20 women parliamentarians, called for accountability and an appropriate response to ensure that decorum and respect are upheld within the parliamentary arena.
Union Minister and BJP MP Shobha Karandlaje also decried Rahul Gandhi’s behaviour, labelling it as unprecedented and unacceptable. She voiced her concerns, stating that the flying kiss gesture directed at women MPs is a breach of parliamentary etiquette. Karandlaje conveyed the collective sentiment of the women MPs, emphasising that the incident demanded a response from the Speaker to address the transgression.
The incident occurred during a session where Rahul Gandhi criticised the government’s policies and its handling of certain issues. He accused the government of adversely impacting Manipur and derided members of the ruling BJP.
Irani, in a previous exchange, had countered Rahul Gandhi’s assertions, asserting that his perspective did not align with the nation’s values, given his definitions of corruption and dynastic politics.