ShurpanakhaReality check: Renuka Chowdhury’s trivial laughter during Narendra Modi’s address isn’t on national agenda
India Bikram Vohra Feb 09, 2018 13:02:06 IST
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Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury interrupted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Rajya Sabha speech on Wednesday with loud, piercing laughter, prompting Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu to suggest that Renuka “see a doctor”. It is not a passing admonishment or a casual scolding, it is a proper dressing down and would have gone on further if Modi had not ad libbed a snappy retort. “Mr Chairman, please don’t stop Renuka ji from laughing. Last time we heard such laughter was Ramayana came on television,” Modi had said.
In itself, the comment was no big deal and should have just been water under the bridge. Compared to other disturbances and utterances and acts of physical misbehavior in both, the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha, and also in state Assemblies. This was not even a blip on the bad conduct radar.