Lok Sabha MP and senior NCP leader Supriya Sule has given a statement that may spark a major controversy. She has revealed that the parliamentarians do gossip even when serious issues are being discussed in the House, especially during repetitive speeches.
"When I go to the Parliament, I hear the first speech, then a second and then a third. And in the fourth speech the speaker repeats what the earlier three spoke. And if you ask me what the fourth speaker said, I really can't remember anything," Sule said while speaking to female students and young women in Maharashtra's Nashik on Thursday.
"So we gossip with other MPs which is common unlike in your classrooms. And to the people who watch from top (gallery) or on TV, you'll think we are discussing 'national issues'. If you saw me talking to an MP from Chennai you might think we having a big discussion on the Chennai rains. We don't discuss anything like that. 'Where did you get your sari from, where did I get my sari from.' We gossip all this. Don't you gossip in the same way?" she asked the audience.
"Male MPs in Parliament tease me that if there is 50 per cent reservation for women, then in Parliament the discussion will only be on parlours, facials and saris. I told them you comment on our sarees but you'll have done no good for the country. So there is no harm in giving a chance to us," she said.
Sule made these comments in a light-hearted mood as she was addressing a young crowd.