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“You should be called “Nirbala” rather than Nirmala”: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary

Speaking against the taxation law Bill, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said the Finance Minister is lagging behind in long-term “vision, mission and perspective”

Mumbai: On Monday Congress leader and member of parliament, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has once again sparked controversy inside parliament by calling Nirmala Sitharaman “Nirbala” means an incapable person or weak during a discussion on taxation laws in LS, criticizes FM for ‘not speaking her mind’. Earlier he lashed out at PM Modi and Amit Shah on NRC implementation in an entire country called them immigrants.

BJP members in Lok Sabha on Monday protested against Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury for calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah as “infiltrators” and sought his apology for the “insult”. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi took a jibe at the Congress over its President Sonia Gandhi’s foreign origin, saying its own leader is an “infiltrator” and it targets others in a similar manner.

Hitting out  at Finance Minister, the Leader of Congress, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, in Lok Sabha said, “Even though I respect you, but at times I think you should be called “Nirbala”  rather than Nirmala as you may not be able to assert yourself much on policies of the government despite being a  Finance Minister of India.” India is facing economic slowdown from the past few months so opposition leaders are speaking against it in parliament.

Speaking against the taxation law Bill, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said the Finance Minister is lagging behind in long-term “vision, mission and perspective”.

“Hence Sitharaman always resorts to knee-jerk, panic measures to improve the economic slowdown,” said Chowdury. He said the finance minister should reduce the GST rate for individuals to induce demand. He added that the credibility of the central government is being affected.

“Nobody should be ashamed of learning something from somebody. Please talk to former prime minister Manmohan Singh, and discuss the matter with him. If you want to save the country, you will have to talk to Manmohan Singh,” said Chowdhury.

There was an uproar in Lok Sabha over Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’s remarks and BJP MPs demanded an apology from the Congress MP.

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