New Delhi: Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi and Union Minister Smriti Irani on Thursday exchanged heated arguments inside the Parliament. The incident occurred after the House witnessed a protest over “Rashtrapatni” comment by Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.
The confrontation took place when the slogans were being raised: “Sonia Gandhi Maafi Mango” (Sonia Gandhi apologise). After which, Sonia Gandhi approached Rama Devi standing next to Smriti Irani. Irani, then, tried to initiate talks with Gandhi. Reacting to which, the latter said, “Don’t talk to me.”
The argument between the two continued for several minutes. Meanwhile, Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman claimed that Gandhi yelled at Smriti Irani in a threatening voice.
Congress leader Gaurav Gogoi condemned the act and said: “Today one of the most senior leaders of India who is both an elderly lady, recovering from Covid was attacked. She was subject to insults by one Union Minister and was on the verge of being pushed and injured by the BJP MPs.”
“The brutal heckling, verbal assault and physical intimidation of one of the most dignified ladies of Indian politics Smt. Sonia Gandhi inside by the BJP was traumatic and sickening. That this assault by the BJP MPs took place inside the Parliament reflected the mentality of a mob,” added Gogoi.