Renuka Chowdhury to file defamation against PM Modi on ‘Surpanakha’ remark: Renuka Chowdhury, a Congress leader, has said she will sue Prime Minister Narendra Modi for defamation over the alleged ‘Surpanakha’ remark made in Parliament in 2018. “Let’s see how quickly the courts act now…” the former Union minister tweeted, referring to an old video of Narendra Modi pleading with the Rajya Sabha chairman to allow Renuka Chowdhury to continue as such laughter was heard days after the Ramayana serial was aired.
“On the floor of the house, this classless megalomaniac referred to me as Surpanakha,” Renuka Chowdhury said after Rahul Gandhi was convicted in a 2019 defamation case for saying, “How come all thieves have Modi surname?” Rahul Gandhi was sentenced to two years in prison, which was suspended for 30 days while he appealed the court’s decision. Social media users reminded the Congress leader that PM Modi did not mention the word Surpankha, and she cannot go to court based on a statement made in Parliament.
“PM मोदी ने मुझे शूर्पणखा कहा था, मैं अब केस करूंगी”
— News24 (@news24tvchannel) March 24, 2023
“Rahul Gandhi chose not to apologise for his efforts to combat corruption. He refused to apologise for fighting fascism. He refused to apologise for speaking the truth “Renuka Chowdhury took to Twitter.
This classless megalonaniac referred to me as Surpanakha on the floor of the house.
I will file a defamation case against him. Let’s see how fast courts will act now.. pic.twitter.com/6T0hLdS4YW
— Renuka Chowdhury (@RenukaCCongress) March 23, 2023
The Surat court verdict has sparked several questions and condemnations from opposition leaders, who have accused the government of silencing opposition leaders’ voices through agencies such as the ED and CBI, as well as through FIRs and defamation cases.
On Friday, the Congress will hold a protest march from Parliament to Vijay Chowk. A meeting with other opposition leaders is also planned, after several non-Congress chief ministers and opposition leaders spoke out against the verdict and backed Rahul Gandhi.