Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday took on Congress MPs for politicising the incident where Azam Khan had made a sexist remark against Lok Sabha Chair Rama Devi. While most members across the political spectrum condemned the incident, Congress failed to take a stand against the Rampur MP. Instead, the party even engaged in whataboutery and said that it wanted to hear Khan's version.
"It is very encouraging to see everyone stand up and speak in once voice condemning what happened yesterday. We look towards you (LS Speaker Om Birla) for exemplary action against him. To politicise an issue related to women is outrageous," the Minister said.
This was followed by an uproar by Congress MPs in the House.
Union Minister Nirmala continued to make her point, she said, "We have to stand together, so why the hesitation in some? Why the dilemma? Why add riders?"
At this point, she once again is interrupted by a ruckus created by the Congress MPs.
"I am not naming anyone (pointing towards Congress MPs) to interrupt my speech," the Union Minister explains,
The uproar continues.
"I should be allowed to talk.
"I have not taken anyone's name. If unfortunately I say a line and it makes people stand up out of guilt, I can't help it. Hear me out. I have sought your (Speaker's) permission to stand and speak," the Union Minister continued to make her case.
But what follows is more incoherent verbal diatribe from the Opposition.
"When an MP can name a woman they can stand up and judge somebody, there is no democracy in the House," the Finance Minister says after being incessantly disturbed by Congress MPs during her speech.
Sitharaman appeals to the Speaker to make an example out of Azam Khan over the issue. "We look forward for an exemplary action so never ever a woman will be politicised or treated badly."