Rahul Gandhi’s finally react on filming Kalyan Banerjee’s mimicry act

In his first comment to the controversy triggered by a TMC MP’s mimicry of Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi slammed the media on Wednesday. Gandhi criticized the media for not “discussing” the suspension of 143 Opposition MPs from Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha enough a day after Dhankhar criticized him for filming the MP’s antics.

“MPs were sitting there, I shot their video. My video is on my phone. Media is showing it…Nobody has said anything…150 (143) of our MPs have been thrown out (of the House) but there is no discussion on that in the media. There is no discussion on Adani, no discussion on Rafale, no discussion on unemployment. Our MPs are disheartened and sitting outside. But you are discussing that (mimicry),” he said.

TMC MP Kalyan Banerjee was spotted mocking Dhankhar during the Parliament’s Makar Dwar on Tuesday. Gandhi used his smartphone to record the MP. Dhankhar then stated that the two MPs’ acts were a disrespect to the Chairman’s post.

On Wednesday,  ruling party MPs remained in the standing posture for 10 minutes to express their support for Vice President Dhankhar. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal, Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi were among those spotted standing.

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