Responding to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s tweet questioning the non-partisanship of opposition presidential candidate Meira Kumar during her term as Lok Sabha Speaker, the Congress Twitter handle on Monday posted an old video of the BJP leader showering praises on the Congress veteran in which she was heard saying “I am a fan of you”.
In the video which is during Kumar’s farewell, Swaraj told the House: “I want that we all fight the elections with integrity… And I am a fan of you. What Vasudev ji said in public, I have told you multiple times in person; your nature and the quality of not being angry/agitated contributes the most to the proper functioning of this House.”
The video slamming Swaraj was posted with the caption “This is how Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar treated the Leader of Opposition” — where Kumar is heard interrupting her 60 times in a six-minute, 23-second speech in Parliament in 2013.
Sushmaji taking you down memory lane-
Watch @SushmaSwaraj praise Lok Sabha Speaker Smt #MeiraKumar in her farewell speech pic.twitter.com/2xoG6q8OYj
— Congress (@INCIndia) June 26, 2017
Notably, the video posted by Swaraj from the BJP’s YouTube channel shows the party targeting the UPA II government for various corruption cases, particularly the coal scam.
While Swaraj describes UPA II as the “most corrupt since Independence”, Speaker Kumar repeatedly tells her: “Alright, thank you so much… Yes, yes, alright, OK, alright, thank you… Please, I have to now proceed with this Sushmaji. Thank you, Sushmaji.” Swaraj ends her speech saying the BJP will stage a walkout.
Notably, the presidential polls are scheduled on July 17.