“Should control tongue..” Hema Malini to Mahua Mitra

8 February, 2023 | Pragati Singh

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Hema Malini, a member of the BJP, criticised Mahua Moitra, a member of the Trinamool Congress (TMC), on Wednesday for using a “offensive” word in the Lok Sabha and demanded that the opp...

Hema Malini, a member of the BJP, criticised Mahua Moitra, a member of the Trinamool Congress (TMC), on Wednesday for using a “offensive” word in the Lok Sabha and demanded that the opposition “control their mouth.” On Tuesday, during the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address, Moitra uttered a “offensive word” in the Lok Sabha while TDP MP K Ram Mohan Naidu was addressing the House.

“They should control their tongue. They should not get over-excited and emotional. Each and every member of Parliament is a respectable person,” Hema Malini said reporters today in front of the legislature. Pralhad Joshi, a senior member of the BJP, also called for the TMC to apologise after Mahua Moitra, a TMC MP, used a “offensive” phrase on the floor of the House during the current session of the Parliament to discuss the budget.

“I would ask them to apologise but if she doesn’t, then it’s their culture,” Pralhad Joshi said. Eyewitnesses claimed that Moitra used some improper language towards BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri, which led to some BJP MPs beginning to demonstrate in the Lower House.

Sukanta Majumdar, the president of the West Bengal BJP, tweeted the video of Joshi requesting an apology from the Trinamool MP on Twitter.
Majumdar described it as “disgusting,” adding, “Look at her mocking smile. Disgusting. Will @MamataOfficial continue to support her?
Moitra spoke during the Motion of Thanks and brought up a number of topics, including the Adani, Pegasus, BBC, Morbi, and China issues.

“Today I say this with a very heavy heart. The Lok Sabha is a space which stands out more for what cannot be said in its halls than what we can say. The list of unmentionables is actually far longer than the list of mentionable. It is as though the treasury benches get training in a special camp that teaches them to react hysterically the very instant a member of the Opposition utters certain words, no matter in what context. We cannot say China, Pegasus, BBC, Morbi, Rafale, and sometimes we cannot say Modi ji. The President’s Address speaks about the biggest pain of our country, the corruption and crony capitalism,” she said.

By referring to him as Mr. “A” in the House and making an apparent allusion to industrialist Gautam Adani, Moitra claimed that Adani had duped the government. “Prime Minister, this man Mr ‘A’ has fooled (topi pehnaoed) you. He travels with you on your delegations. He meets heads of state on visits to India. He portrays that India is Prime Minister and the Prime Minister is him. He makes it appear to the world that he is the remote control behind the Prime Minister and by obliging him will be obliging the Prime Minister,” she said.

“Everyone is asking who is behind Mahua. Every day, the fake news brigade floats new theories. Is it an American investment bank? Is it Ambani, or is it China? Nobody is behind Mahua. Mahua is behind the truth,” she asserted.

BJP leaders sparked outrage over her remark in the House and demanded an apology from her. The TMC MP claimed that she was interrupted during her talk , “I need to repeat it as they are doing this to heckle me and to ruin the flow of the speech… Mahua is only behind the truth.”

The TMC leader attacked the BJP MPs, claiming that they had been trained to “respond hysterically” whenever an opposition MP addresses the House.