Priyanka Chaturvedi, a leader from Shiv Sena UBT, offered a defense on Wednesday for Rahul Gandhi, who stirred up a debate in the Lok Sabha after reportedly blowing a flying kiss toward BJP leader Smriti Irani during her speech.
The alleged gesture led the women MPs of the NDA to collectively draft a letter directed to Om Birla, the Speaker of the Lower House, urging stringent action against the Congress MP from Wayanad.
While some other Congress MPs in the House claimed they did not witness Rahul’s flying kiss, Priyanka Chaturvedi confirmed seeing him make the gesture, but proceeded to support the Gandhi scion.
“From my position in the visitors’ gallery, I observed that Rahul Gandhi made the gesture as a sign of affection. The BJP seems unable to accept this display of warmth,” Chaturvedi commented.
Union Minister Smriti Irani labeled Rahul as misogynistic, stating that the House had never encountered such an “indecent act.”
Responding to the criticism, Congress whip in Lok Sabha, Manickam Tagore, accused Irani of suffering from “Rahul-phobia” and urged her to move past it.
“Smriti Irani appears to be consumed by ‘Rahul phobia,’ and she should strive to overcome it,” Tagore responded to the BJP’s accusation of ‘misbehavior’ by Rahul Gandhi in the Lok Sabha.
Party General Secretary K C Venugopal remarked that throughout the Bharat Jodo Yatra, “those who participated in and witnessed it all perceive it as a symbol of humanity, love, and affection.”