New Delhi, July 25: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said on Wednesday that the notices for privilege motion against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, moved by the Congress over their statements on the Rafale deal, were under her consideration. Also Read - Frustrated Over Not Getting Donations, Karnataka Congress Leader Goes 'Begging' to Build Party Office
The notices were submitted by the Congress charging the two leaders with allegedly misleading the House on the Rafale deal issue during the debate on the no-confidence motion on July 20. Mahajan said five members each have submitted notices against the Prime Minister and the Defence Minister. “It (notices) is under my consideration,” Mahajan said during the Zero Hour amid noisy protests from some BJP members. Also Read - President Kovind, Rahul Gandhi, Amit Shah Condole Tarun Gogoi's Death | All Reactions
Her statement came after Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Jyotiraditya Scindia raised the issue of their notices against Modi and Sitharaman during the Zero Hour. “The Prime Minister has along with the Defence Minister deliberately misled the House. It is, therefore, requested that this notice of breach of privilege be accepted and referred to the privilege committee for further proceedings,” as per the notice against the Modi and Sitharaman. Also Read - Elections Are Not Fought From Five-star Hotels: Ghulam Nabi Azad on Congress' Decimation in Recent Polls
Members from the BJP also wanted to speak on their notices for privilege motion against Congress President Rahul Gandhi, which they had submitted earlier. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar also said that these members should be given an opportunity to speak. Anurag Thakur, BJP Chief Whip in the House, alleged that Gandhi had misled the House during the no-confidence motion debate on July 20. Mahajan said there were four notices submitted against one person (Gandhi).