A remark against her by a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member today angered Sonia Gandhi who rushed into the Well of the Lok Sabha along with her party colleagues, protesting vigorously and forcing an abrupt adjournment of the House for about an hour.
When the House re-assembled, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said no allegation should be made by anybody against any member, particularly an important leader, may it be the Congress President, the Prime Minister or the BJP President.
He said the remark against Sonia Gandhi had, in any case, not gone on record.
Earlier, when a BJP member made certain remark against Gandhi in the context of black money when Leader of Congress Mallikarjun Kharge was speaking on the Lalit Modi controversy.
Incensed by the remark, the Congress President was heard saying, “kya bola (what did he say)?” While protesting, she addressed Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and said, “What is this?”
In an unusual move, she rushed into the Well and was followed by her party colleagues.
The Speaker said she was not aware what was said in the din and if there was anything unparliamentary, she would expunge it from the proceedings.
Kharge insisted that nothing short of an apology was acceptable.
As the uproar continued, Speaker adjourned the House for about an hour, till 2.45 PM.