This Article is From Feb 08, 2023

"Should Control Tongue": Hema Malini On Trinamool Leader's Speech

Mahua Moitra yesterday used 'offensive word' in Lok Sabha as TDP MP K Ram Mohan Naidu was addressing the House during the Motion of Thanks on the President's Address.

They should not get over-excited and emotional," Hema Malini said. (File)

New Delhi:

BJP MP Hema Malini today slammed Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Mahua Moitra for using an 'offensive' word in Lok Sabha stating that the opposition should "control their tongue".

Mahua Moitra, on Tuesday, used 'offensive word' in Lok Sabha as TDP MP K Ram Mohan Naidu was addressing the House during the Motion of Thanks on the President's Address.

"They should control their tongue. They should not get over-excited and emotional. Each and every member of Parliament is a respectable person," Hema Malini told reporters outside parliament today.

Senior BJP leader Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi also demanded an apology to the TMC after its MP Mahua Moitra used an 'offensive' word on the floor of the House during the ongoing Budget Session of the Parliament.

"I would ask them to apologise but if she doesn't, then it's their culture," Pralhad Joshi said.

Mahua Moitra, eyewitnesses alleged, used some unparliamentary language for BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri, following which some BJP MPs started protesting in the Lower House.

Taking to Twitter, West Bengal BJP president Sukanta Majumdar posted the video in which Joshi is demanding an apology from the Trinamool MP.

Calling it "disgusting", Mr Majumdar said, "Look at her sarcastic smile. Disgusting. Will @MamataOfficial still defend her?"

While participating during the Motion of Thanks, Ms Moitra raised several issues including China, Pegasus, BBC, Morbi, Rafale and Adani issue.

"Today I say this with a very heavy heart. The Lok Sabha is a space which stands out more for what cannot be said in its halls than what we can say. The list of unmentionables is actually far longer than the list of mentionable. It is as though the treasury benches get training in a special camp that teaches them to react hysterically the very instant a member of the Opposition utters certain words, no matter in what context. We cannot say China, Pegasus, BBC, Morbi, Rafale, and sometimes we cannot say Modi ji. The President's Address speaks about the biggest pain of our country, the corruption and crony capitalism," she said.

Making an apparent reference to industrialist Gautam Adani, describing him as Mr 'A' in the House, Moitra said that he has fooled the government.

"Prime Minister, this man Mr 'A' has fooled (topi pehnaoed) you. He travels with you on your delegations. He meets heads of state on visits to India. He portrays that India is Prime Minister and the Prime Minister is him. He makes it appear to the world that he is the remote control behind the Prime Minister and by obliging him will be obliging the Prime Minister," she said.

"Everyone is asking who is behind Mahua. Every day, the fake news brigade floats new theories. Is it an American investment bank? Is it Ambani, or is it China? Nobody is behind Mahua. Mahua is behind the truth," she asserted.

As BJP leaders created uproar in the House over her remark and sought an apology from her. Alleging that she was interrupted during her address, the TMC MP said, "I need to repeat it as they are doing this to heckle me and to ruin the flow of the speech...Mahua is only behind the truth."

Hitting out at the BJP MPs, the TMC leader said that they are taught to "react hysterically" the moment an Opposition MP addresses the House.

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