Smriti Irani’s address to MPs as a “Lady Member” has sparked a debate in the Lok Sabha
Smriti Irani, a Union Minister, questioned why a female member of Parliament cannot be addressed as a lady today.
During Question Hour in the Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary of the Congress and Sougata Ray of the Trinamool Congress objected to Ms. Irani referring to Geetha Viswanath Vanga of the YSRCP as a lady member.
They claimed the minister should have addressed her as an “honorable member,” but Ms. Irani countered that nothing she said was unparliamentary, and that referring to a female member as a lady was not inappropriate.
Ms. Irani stated, “I have taken no offence to her presence in the House.”
Anubhav Mohanty of the BJD spoke out in support of Ms. Irani, saying she had not said anything unparliamentary, derogatory, or incorrect.
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