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Venkaiah Naidu Sends Privilege Notice Against Rahul Gandhi to Lok Sabha Speaker Over 'Jaitlie' Tweet

Sources said that Naidu sent the notice to the Lok Sabha speaker for further action as Gandhi is a member of the Lower House.

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Updated:January 6, 2018, 4:36 PM IST
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Venkaiah Naidu Sends Privilege Notice Against Rahul Gandhi to Lok Sabha Speaker Over 'Jaitlie' Tweet
File photo of Congress President Rahul Gandhi. (PTI)
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New Delhi: Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu has sent a privilege notice against Congress President Rahul Gandhi to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, claiming that "prima facie there is an issue of privilege".

Sources said that Vice-President Naidu sent the notice to the Lok Sabha speaker for further action as Gandhi is a member of the Lower House.

Reacting to the notice, Congress leader Anand Sharma said, "The truth is that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi said something about Vice-President Naidu and former PM Manmohan Singh. The Finance Minister defended that by claiming it was not the PM's intention. If political comments and tweets have to become a matter of privilege then every top minister should be served with such a notice."

A complaint against Gandhi is already pending before the Ethics Committee of the Lok Sabha, chaired by BJP veteran LK Advani, after the speaker forwarded the same to it.

BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member Bhupinder Yadav had given the privilege notice against Congress President Gandhi over a tweet put out by him in which he questioned the authority of the Rajya Sabha and questioned its decision.

"On examination, prima facie there is an issue of privilege," Naidu said while referring the privilege notice to the Lok Sabha speaker, the sources told PTI.

Yadav had alleged that there is a "breach of privilege" by Gandhi as he used derogatory words against Finance Minister and Leader of the House Arun Jaitley, by twisting his name.

"Dear Mr Jaitlie - thank you for reminding India that our PM never means what he says or says what he means. #BJPLies," Gandhi said, while putting out a video of the prime minister's speech against his predecessor and Jaitley s remarks made in Rajya Sabha.

The BJP member said the Congress President had "deliberately twisted" the spelling of Jaitley's surname to 'Jaitlie', which was "highly derogatory".

The Congress president, Yadav said, has deliberately misinterpreted the proceedings of Rajya Sabha in order to "malign the government, which constitutes an affront to the dignity of the House".

He also alleged that it is a deliberate attempt at vitiating the political atmosphere of the country.

Yadav had earlier sought to know what action was being initiated against Gandhi on his privilege notice, over which Naidu told the members in the House that the same was under his examination and he would take a view on it at the earliest.

(With PTI Inputs)
| Edited by: Aditya Nair
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