Camaraderie among women MPs in LS; Smriti gets support of Congress

Lok Sabha Wednesday witnessed bonhomie and camaraderie among women Parliamentarians when two Congress members strongly came out in support of HRD Minister Smriti Irani after certain remarks from a Trinamool Congress member about her past acting career.

PTI| Last Updated: Jul 16, 2014, 15:39 PM IST

New Delhi: Lok Sabha Wednesday witnessed bonhomie and camaraderie among women Parliamentarians when two Congress members strongly came out in support of HRD Minister Smriti Irani after certain remarks from a Trinamool Congress member about her past acting career.

Through a supplementary question on mid-day meal scheme run by the HRD Ministry, Sultan Ahmed commented that the Minister was known in every household in the country for her role as an ideal daughter-in-law while acting in the popular TV serial `Saas Bhi Khabi Bahu Thi`, and that is why he was expecting good performance from her as a Minister.
Congress members Ranjeet Ranjan and Sushmita Dev immediately stood up and protested against the remark saying the TMC member has no business to refer about the acting career of the Minister and it has nothing to do with the issue being discussed, forcing Ahmed to make a hasty retreat.

Later, while asking a supplementary, Dev expressed regret for the remarks made by Ahmed and congratulated Irani for holding the charge of the HRD Ministry, saying as a woman she was proud of her achievement.
This prompted Irani to thank her profusely.