Ahead of the presidential election, External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, on Sunday, shared a 2013 video of the Lok Sabha proceedings on Twitter. She was obviously targeting the former Lok Sabha Speaker, Meira Kumar.
Kumar has been named the opposition’s presidential candidate to take on National Democratic Alliance’s candidate Ram Nath Kovind.
“This is how Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar treated the Leader of Opposition,” Sushma Swaraj tweeted, along with an April 2013 video of the Lok Sabha proceedings during the Budget Session.
Speaker interrupted Sushma 60 times in 6-min speech http://t.co/am8tiCJ4Iu via @https://twitter.com/TheDailyPioneer https://t.co/hxHWHaJ4D9— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) May 6, 2013
In the 6-minute video clip Swaraj is seen accusing then UPA government of corruption.
After she speaks for about four minutes, the Speaker is seen interrupting her. “All right”, “Thank you”, “Okay”, “I have to proceed”, the Speaker is heard saying, indicating that it was time for the Leader of Opposition to conclude her speech.
Swaraj also attached a link of a news report of the Pioneer newspaper dated May 3, 2013, which said that Sushma Swaraj was “interrupted” by the Speaker for “at least 60 times during the next 120 seconds of Swaraj’s speech”.