Trinamool MP Derek O’Brien’s culinary jibe at the government’s hurried passage of bills has provoked the Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to also fish out a rebuttal related to food.
Media reports said Naqvi, who is also Deputy Leader of the Rajya Sabha, hit out at O’Brien for criticising the government for rushing bills through Parliament ‘under seven minutes per bill’ which seemed akin to ‘making papri chaat’. Naqvi retorted, he “can have fish curry, if he’s allergic to papri chaat. But don’t turn Parliament into a fish market”, reported NTDV.
He lambasted O’Brien for colluding with others to “malign Parliament’s dignity”. “Unfortunately, the manner in which work is being done with conspiracy to malign Parliament’s dignity, has never been seen before,” he said, added the NDTV report quoting news agency ANI on August 4.
On August 2, Derek O’Brien had posted a sarcastic tweet on the rushed manner in which the government was passing bills through Parliament. He pointed out that in the first 10 days, Modi-Shah combine had rushed through and passed 12 bills at an average time of “UNDER SEVEN MINUTES” per bill. He also carried a chart on the minutes taken so far to pass the different bills in the Parliament.
He ended his tweet with a tongue-in-cheek dig: Passing legislation or making papri chaat?
In the first 10 days, Modi-Shah rushed through and passed 12 Bills at an average time of UNDER SEVEN MINUTES per Bill 😡(See shocking chart👇)
Passing legislation or making papri chaat! pic.twitter.com/9plJOr5YbP
— Derek O’Brien | ডেরেক ও’ব্রায়েন (@derekobrienmp) August 2, 2021
O’Brien had earlier in 2019 also brought in a food analogy to describe the government’s rushed manner in passing bills. That time he had asked, “Are we delivering pizzas…?”
The Congress blames the government for the stalemate in the Parliament. In turn, Prime Minister Modi has pointed a finger at the Congress for being responsible for not willing to iron out the issues and let the Parliament function. In fact, he made a reference to the derogatory comments made by a senior MP regarding the passage of bills – the papri chaat.