Congress party has moved a Privilege motion against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Congress leader Mallikarjun kharge has written to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, giving notice of his intention to move a Privilege motion against the Prime Minister. In the letter, Kharge wrote that the reason for the motion was "misleading statement in his speech on the debate of 'No Confidence' motion in Lok Sabha." Kharge alleged that the "Prime Minister's claim on transparence in Rafale deal is factually incorrect, untrue and deliberately made with the intention to mislead the House".
Kharge has also moved a Privilege motion against Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for the "statement made by her during the intervention in the debate on 'no confidence' motion in Lok Sabha".
"The Minister (Sitharaman) had claimed that the 'Commercial Cost' of the Rafale jet fighter cannot be revealed due to the 'Confidentiality Agreement' signed between Defence Ministers of India and France in2008. The Minister has knowingly and intentionally misled the Parliament by withholding the information that the Government is obliged to reveal to the Parliament,"claimed Kharge in letter written to the Lok Sabha Speaker.
Earlier on July 20, BJP moved a privilege motion against Rahul Gandhi for his alleged false allegations against the government. BJP MP Pralhad Joshi in a letter to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan wrote:
"While participating in the discussion, he (Rahul Gandhi) made serious, baseless and wild allegations against the Government and particularly against PM Modi regarding Rafale deal... He termed the PM as bhagidaar instead of a chaukidaar.
Since the statement was baseless, malicious and amounting to bring disrepute to the Prime Minister and the Defence Minister, the statement made by Shri Rahul Gandhi was misleading to the members and the House. All these incidents amount to breach of privilege and I want to move a privilege motion against Rahul Gandhi."
A privilege motion is a notice by any member of either House of a state legislature or Parliament, and is moved when someone is accused of breach of privilege. Parliamentary privileges are certain rights and immunities enjoyed by MPs, MLAs and MLCs, individually and collectively, so that they can effectively discharge their functions.