Nashik: For the past sessions, the Parliament of India is more in the news for logjam, than any productive work. Amidst anger over losing crore of the taxpayer's money due to disruptions in Parliament, a statement by Lok Sabha MP and senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Supriya Sule will surely cause a controversy.
While speaking to girl students and young women in Maharashtra's Nashik on Thursday, Sule revealed that MPs indulge in gossip even when serious issues are discussed.
"When I go to the Parliament, I hear the first speech, then a second and then a third. And in the fourth speech the speaker repeats what the earlier three spoke. And if you ask me what the fourth speaker said, I really can't remember anything," Sule said.
"So we gossip with other MPs which is common unlike in your classrooms. And to the people who watch from top (gallery) or on TV, you'll think we are discussing 'national issues'. If you saw me talking to an MP from Chennai you might think we having a big discussion on the Chennai rains. We don't discuss anything like that. 'Where did you get your saree from, where did I get my saree from' - we gossip all this. Don't you gossip in the same way?" she asked the audience.
"Male MPs in Parliament tease me that if there is 50 per cent reservation for women, then in Parliament the discussion will only be on parlours, facials and sarees. I told them you comment on our sarees but you'll have done no good for the country. So there is no harm in giving a chance to us," she said.
The 46-year-old Sule might have made the comments in a light-hearted manner, but this will surely not go down well with people who expect our parliamentarians to be honest in dispersing their duties.
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