A TDP MP’s remark against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha today evoked sharp reaction from the Treasury benches with Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman demanding that it should be expunged. TDP’s Jayadev Galla initiated the debate in the first no-confidence motion against the Modi government in 4 years. As Galla ended his speech terming the division of Andhra Pradesh as “undemocratic and unscientific”, Naramalli Sivaprasad (TDP) stood up and passed a remark in Telugu against the prime minister. Immediately, Sitharaman objected to it and demanded that the Speaker expunge it.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar along with his other party colleagues too were on their feet demanding that the remark be expunged. “How can he use such words for the prime minister of the country,” Sitharaman questioned.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present in the House then. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan assured the Treasury benches that she would listen to the remark and, if required, expunge it. TRS MPs too latched on to the protests with their member Jithender Reddy, saying such remarks show their mindset.