BJP-TMC war of words still rages

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Dec 22, 2014 14:23 IST

The war of words between finance minister Arun Jaitley and Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien took a new turn on Sunday with BJP’s Bengal in-charge Sidharth Nath Singh alleging that O’Brien was "in his quest to be the King of "Intemperate Vocabulary"."

The Trinamool, on the other hand, will up the ante against Jaitley. Party MPs would protest at the entrance of Parliament on Monday against the ‘irresponsible comments’ by the finance minister. “There is a competition amongst TMC leaders with their chief minister as to who can use vilest and offending unparliamentarily language. Certainly the chief minister cannot be pushed down from the winners slot but their Rajya Sabha member and spokesperson, Derek O’Brien, certainly beats his colleagues in the intemperate language competition,” Singh said on Sunday.

He took on O’Brien for using unparliamentary words on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Jaitley.

O’Brien had recently said that perhaps the Prime Minister needs a visa to enter Rajya Sabha while trying to criticise Modi’s absence in the Upper House of Parliament. He also refereed to Jaitley as a ‘frustrated minister’.

In the Rajya Sabha on Saturday O’Brien had warned BJP against turning the battle into a street-slanging match.

But later he said, “FM is Frustrated Minister because he cannot get Bills passed in RS.”

O’Brien was furious with Jaitley’s comment during a programme outside Parliament that a political party accused in a chit fund scam was trying to obstruct proceedings on Rajya Sabha.

On Sunday, Singh returned O’Brien the FM remark. “He should also explain why the CM (Chief Minister) of West Bengal is now being popularly called the CM (Cheat Minister/Chit fund Minister)?” Singh said.

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