'Not right…': Hema Malini criticises Rahul Gandhi for his UK speech

Mar 14, 2023 05:10 PM IST

Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha were adjourned - for a second straight day - till Wednesday after the Congress and BJP clashed over demands Rahul Gandhi apologise for his UK comments.

BJP MP and actor Hema Malini Tuesday criticised Congress MP Rahul Gandhi for comments critical of prime minister Narendra Modi and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party during a tour of the United Kingdom this month. "It is not right to speak against India in another country," she told news agency ANI.

BJP MP and actor Hema Malini (ANI Photo/SansadTV)
BJP MP and actor Hema Malini (ANI Photo/SansadTV)

"Our prime minister has worked hard to make India's name across the world. It is not right of Rahul Gandhi to go across another country and speak against India. Whatever it is, they can sort it out in Parliament… not abroad."

Hema Malini also praised the people behind Telugu film 'RRR' and Tamil short 'Elephant Whisperers' for their Oscar-winning feat this week'; the former won the Academy Award for Best (Original) Song for ‘Naatu Naatu’ and the latter the Best Documentary (Short).

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The second half of the Budget session of Parliament began Monday and immediately descended into chaos as the BJP - so frequently the subject of opposition attacks - hit out at Rahul Gandhi over his comments in the UK.

In the UK, Gandhi spoke at private events - including one at the University of Cambridge and addressed British MPs - and discussed several issues - from the border stand-off with China to the Pegasus spyware row, and claimed opposition lawmakers in India were being denied the right to voice their views.

A furious BJP has demanded Gandhi apologise to Parliament for having 'insulted' the institution and Indian democracy. Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned this afternoon for a second consecutive day.

READ | Parliament adjourned (again) amid chaos over Rahul Gandhi's Cambridge speech

Earlier today union minister Piyush Goyal - without naming Gandhi - alleged a senior Congress leader had ‘insulted Parliament…' "Yesterday we raised a very important issue… the manner in which India was insulted… Both Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha are part of the Parliament, which has been insulted."

He joined other BJP leaders, including defence minister Rajnath Singh, in demanding Gandhi apologise - demands the Congress has rubbished.

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(With inputs from ANI)

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