Why a privilege motion on Robert Vadra's Facebook post questions Congress
news Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 05:30
"Parliament begins and so do their petty diversion political tactics... People of India are not fooled. Regret to see India Led by such so called leaders !!" This was a Facebook post by Robert Vadra, businessman and son-in-law of Congress President Sonia Gandhi. The Facebook post irked the BJP so much that that BJP's chief whip Arjun Ram Meghwal moved a privilege motion against Robert Vadra calling the FB post 'contempt' and a 'clear cut case of breach of privilege.' "In his (Vadra's) Facebook post, he has belittled the image of parliament. That's why I have moved the privilege motion against him," said Prahlad Joshi, BJP parliamentarian from Dharwad in Karnataka. Congress leaders however questioned the move. "Vadra is not a member of this house. How can they move a privilege motion against him? They have lost their heads," said Veerappa Moily. Day of chaos The Lok Sabha was on Thursday virtually turned into an arena for placard battles between the Congress and the BJP, forcing Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to first adjourn the house till noon and later for the day. As soon as the house met after the adjournment till noon, parliamentarians from the Congress and other parties were up on their feet, demanding action from the government over their demand for the resignation of the BJP leaders.Several Congress members moved near the Speaker's podium, carrying placards targetted at Sushma Swaraj and raising questions over the "silence" of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The BJP members too rose from their seats and moved into the aisle, carrying placards that targeted the Congress on corruption. Congress members occupied the space close the Speaker's podium and raised slogans. At one point, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy was seen seemingly telling Congress member Deepender Hooda to give some space to BJP members near the podium.BJP members stayed put for a while in the aisle but went back to their seats after an indication from Home Minister Rajnath Singh. However, they continued to show placards. She said some members wanted to speak, but the din continued amid slogan-shouting by Congress members. "If you do not want to run the House, I will adjourn it," she said and adjourned the house for the day.