New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was at his wittiest best in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday when he took a jibe at Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury over her loud laughter at his claim that the idea of Aadhaar was conceptualised during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.
Asking Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu not to stop Chowdhury from laughing during his speech, PM Modi said, "Sabhapati ji meri aapse vinti hai Renuka ji ko kuch mat kahiye. Ramayan serial ke baad aisi hansi sunne ka saubhagya aaj jaake mila hai (Chairman sir, I request you to not say anything to Renuka ji. After Ramayan serial, we have got the privilege of hearing this kind of laughter today).
PM Modi's remarks left members of the House in splits. His remarks came after Naidu warned Chowdhury over her behaviour.
"I will have to name you Renuka ji for your unruly behaviour," the Vice President remarked after she laughed at PM's claim over Aadhaar.
Epic television series 'Ramayan' was aired during 1987-1988 and went on to become a cult classic. It was created, written and directed by Ramanand Sagar and was based on Tulsidas' 'Ramcharitmanas'.
The cast of the serial - Arun Govil, Deepika Chikhalia, Sunil Lahri, Sanjay Jog, Arvind Trivedi, Dara Singh and Lalita Pawar, among others - went on to become household names.
Meanwhile, while replying to the Motion of Thanks on the President's address, PM Modi attacking the Congress in the Upper House said that the Congress keeps saying we brought Aadhaar.
"Let me remind them about a debate in the Rajya Sabha on July 7, 1998, LK Advani as Home Minister of the country said in reply to a question that a multi-purpose identity card will also be used for passport, driving licence and others. It is in his speech that you will find the genesis of Aadhaar," he said.
PM Modi added, "While attacking the BJP, you start attacking the country. While attacking the country, you start attacking India."
"You said we are 'name-changers and not 'game-changers', but if you notice our mode of operation and working pattern you will realise we are 'aim-changers'. We plan our action, set the roadmap so that we take the nation on the path to development," he further said.
"Look at what all you mocked - 'Swachh Bharat', 'Make in India', surgical strikes, 'Yoga day'. You are free to mock as you please but why are you blocking the bill for OBC Commission? Why are you blocking triple talaq bill. Are you not sensitive to the aspirations of OBCs?" the PM asked.
(With Agency inputs)