Last Updated: July 28, 2022, 4:33 PM IST
TMC MP Mahua Moitra on Thursday came out in support of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who was involved in a face-off with Union minister Smriti Irani in the Lok Sabha, and said the 75-year-old leader was “encircled and heckled pack-wolf style”. As the Lok Sabha adjourned soon after 12 noon, Gandhi walked across to the Treasury benches and sought to know from BJP member Rama Devi why she was dragged into the issue — the BJP has demanded an apology from Gandhi over Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury referring to President Droupadi Murmu as ‘rashtrapatni’.
Irani stepped in and was seen gesturing towards Gandhi and apparently protesting Chowdhury’s remark. Gandhi at first tried to ignore Irani’s protestations but was soon seen gesturing towards the minister and speaking angrily. In a tweet, Moitra said, “Was in Lok Sabha when 75-year-old lady senior leader encircled & heckled pack-wolf style when all she did was walk over & speak (masked) to another senior lady panel chairperson.” “Disgusted to read BJP lies and false version in press,” the Trinamool Congress MP from Krishnanagar in West Bengal said.
Was in Lok Sabha when 75 year old lady senior leader encircled & heckled pack-wolf style when all she did was walk over & speak (masked) to another senior lady panel chairperson.
Disgusted to read BJP lies & false version in press.
— Mahua Moitra (@MahuaMoitra) July 28, 2022
Earlier, in another tweet, Moitra said, “All rules in Lok Sabha always only for Opposition. Today as soon as LS started before Hon’ble Speaker could even say ‘Baithiye’ mic was hijacked by BJP for 10 minute tirade. Different strokes for different folks.” Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman claimed that Gandhi told a BJP member not to talk to her. However, the Union minister did not name any BJP leader. NCP member Supriya Sule and Trinamool member Aparupa Poddar were seen escorting the Congress president away from the Treasury benches as BJP members flocked around Rama Devi and Gandhi.
The Congress has accused BJP MPs of subjecting Gandhi to “brutal heckling, verbal assault and physical intimidation”, and demanded an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.