On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his displeasure to Vice President Jagdeep Dhankar regarding the actions of certain Members of Parliament (MPs) within the Parliament complex. This communication followed a Tuesday demonstration on the Parliament steps where Trinmool Congress leader Kalyan Banerjee mockingly imitated Dhankar.
The BJP-led government strongly criticized the MPs’ protests against their suspension. Vice President Dhankar recounted his conversation with the Prime Minister, stating that Modi was deeply hurt by the MPs’ behavior, especially within the revered Parliament building. Dhankar, reflecting on his 20 years of enduring such insults, emphasized the unfortunate nature of such incidents involving a constitutional office like the Vice Presidency.
In response, Dhankar assured the Prime Minister that he would not be deterred from fulfilling his duties despite such incidents. He conveyed his commitment to upholding the values outlined in the constitution, asserting, “I won’t change my path because of any insults.”
President Droupadi Murmu later expressed dismay at the treatment of the Vice President in a post on X. She emphasized that while elected officials should have the freedom to express themselves, they should do so within the bounds of decency and civility. Rahul Gandhi, the Congress leader, was observed recording a video while Banerjee imitated Dhankar.
Dhankar, addressing the Rajya Sabha, expressed his personal distress over the attacks on his Jat and farmer backgrounds. He highlighted that the mimicry recorded by Rahul Gandhi had “ravaged” the Rajya Sabha chairman’s office and insulted him personally. Dhankar condemned the denigration and insults, pointing out the removal of a video posted by the Congress party on Instagram as unfortunate.
Despite the personal insult, Dhankar reassured Prime Minister Modi that such incidents would not hinder him from carrying out his responsibilities. He reiterated his commitment to upholding the principles enshrined in the Constitution, pledging allegiance to those ideals. Dhankar emphasized that insults would not divert him from his course.