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PM’s word expunged

The Opposition was up in arms over the use of the ‘unparliamentary’ word

  • Published 8.02.20, 3:00 AM
  • Updated 8.02.20, 3:00 AM
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday (PTI photo)

A word from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reply to the motion of thanks to the President’s address in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday has been struck off the records by Chairperson M. Venkaiah Naidu for being “unparliamentary”.

With the Opposition up in arms over the use of the “unparliamentary” word — synonymous with not being factual — Naidu had said on Thursday itself: “Anything said in the House, any comment made in the House, any action made in the House, which is unparliamentary will not be part of the record.”

The Rajya Sabha secretariat followed this up with a notice on Friday that the word had been expunged.

Modi uttered it in response to the Opposition narrative on the NPR.

In 2018, soon after the election of the deputy Speaker, Modi had sought to pun on the initials of the Opposition candidate, B.K. Hariprasad. After the Opposition objected to it, the word was expunged.