Privilege Notice Against Smriti Irani Over Remark Against Rahul Gandhi

Smriti Irani knowingly and intentionally misled parliament by falsely attributing a statement to Rahul Gandhi, the notice read.

Privilege Notice Against Smriti Irani Over Remark Against Rahul Gandhi

Smriti Irani's assertions on the floor of this House are absolutely false, the notice said (File)

New Delhi:

Congress MP Manickam Tagore on Sunday submitted a breach of privilege notice against Union Minister Smriti Irani for her statement against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in the Lok Sabha last week.

In a letter to Lok Sabha secretary general Snehlata Srivastava, Mr Tagore said that Ms Irani had "knowingly and intentionally" misled parliament with her statement that Mr Gandhi had given a "clarion call to rape women in India in his speech during an election rally."

"The Minister's (Ms Irani's) assertions on the floor of this House are absolutely false," the letter read. "The honourable member has willfully misled not only members of the House, but also the entire nation."

"The Minister had claimed that Rahul Gandhi has given a clarion call to rape women in India in his speech during an election rally on December 12th. The Minister has knowingly and intentionally misled the parliament by falsely attributing a statement to Rahul Gandhi," it added.

Addressing a poll rally in Jharkhand last week, Mr Gandhi had said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched ''Make in India'' but nowadays all one can see is ''Rape in India''.

"Narendra Modi had said ''Make in India'' but nowadays wherever you look, it is ''Rape in India''. In Uttar Pradesh Narendra Modi's MLA raped a woman, then she met with an accident but Narendra Modi did not utter a word," he had said.

Mr Tagore said that Mr Gandhi, through his remark, was merely pointing out the increasing violence against the women in the country and the failure of the government to prevent it.

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