Union Minister of state Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti who raked up a controversy by using expletives during a public meeting in Delhi is not the lone legislator to do so. There are many parliamentarians who have grabbed headlines by using filthy language in the House. For instance, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had taken a jibe at BJP president Amit Shah by saying nothing is possible without peace… they could do nothing themselves, and are now all the time looking for ways to stick a bamboo up the backside of those who are trying to do something. Hindu Mahasabha leader Navin Tyagi had said that actresses performing item numbers in films wearing “skimpy” outfits be branded as prostitutes.
AV spoke to many people to know about their opinion about politicians using filthy language in parliament. Here is what they had to say.
Pramesh Jain, Reporter said, “Slippery of tongue cannot go to this much ugly level unless the individual has a mindboggling nonsense imbibed permanently in her mind. We shouldn’t have anticipated anything different, its just old wine in new bottle. Let it be any political party, taking people for granted or using unparliamentarily language is fashion.”
“BJP had disrupted the proceedings of the house during the reign of UPA government. Even hardcore terrorists won’t make the remarks made by Sadhvi.”
Urvashi Vasishtha a student said, “BJP should take so much time in improving themselves that they have no time left to criticize others. Ministers of this government have the luxury of mending the shadiness learnt over the years from their parent arm. Many of them – including the top boss, have to occupy the highest chair to learn the nitty-gritties of democracy.”
Janhavi Gurjar a lecturer said, “Leaders abusing rivals is quite common, but this time Sadhvi has battered the voters of this country. Why is the PM not asking Sadhvi to resign for safeguarding the human ethics? If he is showing leniency what can we people do?”
Jayant Koti a builder said, “Strict action should be taken against politicians using abusive language in the parliament. These remarks by politicians are certainly condemnable and the type of “apology” tendered under duress by the minister is nothing but an absolute eye wash. If Mr. Modi wants to be a different type of PM, then he should show he means by that.”
Rajesh Sharma- IT professional said, “While I personally denounce what Sadhvi has said, I would want the Brinda Karat’s, Arundhati’s, Vaiko’s and Laloo’s dealt with first; or punish all at the same time. No cherry picking please. Even I object what Mamata Banerjee had said.”
Jayant Taman employed with Indian Railways said, “Well there is no Act called patriotism in India. It is not defined anywhere in the constitution clearly as to what is a parliamentary language and what is unparliamentarily. Politicians are issuing controversial statements during election campaigns and are indulging in divisive politics.”
Surabhi Samant, SEO and Content Executive, Vasai (W) said, “First of all it’s important for us to understand what an abusive language is. How can we say that these people don’t deserve to be occupying higher positions as we have elected them? Are we really going to pinpoint, who doesn’t use abusive words and who does and then give out the positions? Can that be the only criteria for appointment or suspension? However, people holding senior positions must learn to use appropriate language in the House.”
Rashmi Dubey, a student from Vasai (E) said, “If any political leader uses offensive language even they don’t deserve any position as they are hurting the sentiments of the people. How can we trust such politicians to run our country?”
Purvi Pai a BMM graduate from Virar (W) said, “Well I can say that their filthy cheap language reveal their true identity. And what they can do in the future.”
Akshay Shetty, a CA student from Andheri (E) said, “I think they should be penalised for using such filthy and abusive languages. If penalty is imposed on parliamentarians then they will refrain from using such type of language.”
Reema Ankush, a Customer Service Executive from Andheri said, “I think educated people should only be elected or else training should be imparted to them for improving their communication skills.”
Here are some of the offensive comments made by Indian politicians in recent times.
Shashi Tharoor — came under fire from Gujarat CM Narendra Modi as he made a scathing attack on the former UN diplomat, calling his wife the ” 50-crore-rupee girlfriend”.
Sushma Swaraj’s choice of words at a press conference where she said Congress had gained “mota maal” or massive profits in the coal blocks allocations.
Zeher Ki Kheti
Sonia Gandhi UPA chairperson had accused Narendra Modi of indulging in “Zeher Ki Kheti” (Sowing seeds of poison).
Maut Ka Saudagar
Sonia Gandhi’s remark had referred to Modi as “Maut Ka Saudagar” (merchant of death) in the Gujarat assembly elections in 2007, has always been one of most discussed comments of all time.
Modi’s “Khooni Panja” and “Zaalim Hath” Attack
Modi had called the Congress party’s ‘palm’ symbol as “Khooni Panja” (Bloody Claws) and “Zaalim Hath” (Cruel Hand).
Modi’s “Shazada” and “Madam” Barb
Modi is also known for referring to Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi as “Shazada” (prince) and “Madam” respectively.
Bharti’s “Want to Spit on Faces” Attack
Somnath Bharti made headlines as he expressed his desire to “spit on the faces” of Arun jaitley and Harish Salve.
Rahul Gandhi’s “Comb to a Bald Man” Quip
A number of bald-headed men in Amalner town of Jalgoan district in North Maharastra were reportedly “hurt” when Rahul made the statement: “Opposition can even sell a comb to a bald man”.
By Glenes Bothelo