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Congress protests over Smriti Irani's remark against Sonia Gandhi
TIWN July 29, 2022
Congress protests over Smriti Irani's remark against Sonia Gandhi
PHOTO : Congress burnt Irani's effigy in Agartala Post Office Chowmuhani. TIWN Pic July 29, 2022

AGARTALA, July 29 (TIWN): The Congress on Friday stepped up its attack against Union minister Smriti Irani for having a face-off with Sonia Gandhi earlier in the lower house over Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury's "rashtrapatni" remark and demanded action against her. In Tripura, Congress burnt Irani's effigy in Agartala Post Office Chowmuhani.

Smriti Irani is the same Central Minister who is infamous for filing fake degree reports multiple times to the Election Commission. 

National Congress MPs staged a protest in front of the Gandhi statue in Parliament complex demanding an apology from the government for Irani's confrontation with Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday. 

The Congress MPs met in the Parliament and decided on their strategy at a meeting of Congress Parliamentary Party chaired by Sonia Gandhi, after which they caused disruption in both houses of Parliament with slogans against Irani and demanding her sacking as a minister.  The Congress has accused Irani of heckling Sonia Gandhi inside the lower house.  The party has already complained against Irani to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla with a demand that the matter be referred to the privileges committee for action against her. 

The Congress also took strong objection to the manner in which Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Piyush Goyal made references to party chief Sonia Gandhi in the Rajya Sabha.  Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge sought to raise the issue in the house, but was not allowed to speak during the zero hour' under Rule 258.  Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said, "Leader of the Opposition Kharge ji not allowed to raise a legitimate point of order in the Rajya Sabha because of hungama by BJP MPs and Ministers. Adjourned till 12 noon."  Referring to Sitharaman and Goyal's remarks in Rajya Sabha, Kharge said that it is a time-honoured convention that reflections or critical remarks should not be made on the other House or members of the other House.  He also said that no person who is not a member of the House can be referred to in a derogatory manner or in any other way afflicting his or her reputation.  

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