Leveling serious allegations of misconduct against two senior Congress MPs of the Rajya Sabha, Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Friday threatened to move a privilege motion against Renuka Chowdhury and Jairam Ramesh for their rudeness inside the House.
According to Badal, the MPs first did not allow her to speak in the Upper House when she put up the matter of Parliament's security in the wake of a video uploaded on social media by Aam Aadmi Party MP Bhagwant Mann on Thursday.
Later, when the House proceedings had ended for the day, the two Congress MPs walked up to her and allegedly misbehaved with the minister.
“Renuka Chowdhury and Jairam Ramesh said ‘Kaise kaise log sadan mein aa jaate hain’ (Wonder what kind of people make it to the House),” Badal alleged. “Renuka Chowdhury even referred to me as kachra (garbage),” she added.
Badal is a member of the Lok Sabha but as a minister she can speak in either House of Parliament. The Lok Sabha was on Friday adjourned in the afternoon till Monday following pandemonium over the video clip uploaded by Mann.
“I am astonished at the rudeness Jairam Ramesh and Renuka Chowdhury showed while speaking to me. They questioned me as to how could I come in the house when I was not its member and said I was disrupting the house proceedings,” Badal told the media outside Parliament.
“For them the lives of our jawans, our people hold no value. The video clip that has been uploaded could fall in wrong hands and the house should have discussed it,” she added.
“I am going to move privilege motion against them...this is not the way you behave with a minister,” she said.
Renuka Chowdhury denied her allegations of misbehaviour. Jairam Ramesh refused to resppond to questions posed by India TV.