Who insults parliamentary procedures on daily basis, not us: Sibal to Dhankhar

Sibal's remarks came a day after Dhankhar lashed out at Chidambaram over his comment that the three new criminal laws were 'drafted by part-timers'.
Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal (R),Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar (L)
Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal (R),Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar (L)Photo | PTI

NEW DELHI: Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal on Sunday hit out at Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar over his criticism of Congress leader P Chidambaram's remarks on the new criminal laws, and said it was not the opposition that insults parliamentary procedures on a daily basis.

Sibal's remarks came a day after Dhankhar lashed out at Chidambaram over his comment that the three new criminal laws were "drafted by part-timers", terming it as "inexcusable" and urging him to withdraw his "derogatory, defamatory and insulting" observation.

Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal (R),Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar (L)
Jagdeep Dhankhar criticizes Chidambaram over comments on parliament's role in drafting new laws

Dhankhar had said he was "shocked beyond words" when he read Chidambaram's interview to a leading national daily wherein he had said that "the new laws were drafted by part-timers".

In a post on X, Sibal said Sunday, "Dhankar: Criticised Chidambaram's statement that part-timers drafted the three criminal laws was an 'inexcusable insult to the wisdom of Parliament'.

We are all part-timers Dhankar ji!" "And who insults parliamentary procedures on a daily basis? Not us!" said Sibal, a prominent Opposition voice and an Independent Rajya Sabha MP.

Addressing an event in Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday, Dhankhar had referred to Chidambaram's remarks and said, "Are we part-timers in Parliament? It is an inexcusable insult to the wisdom of the Parliament."

"I do not have words strong enough to condemn such a narrative being set afloat and an MP being labelled as a part-timer."

"I appeal to him (Chidambaram) from this platform, please withdraw this derogatory, defamatory and highly insulting observations about the Members of Parliament (MPs). I hope he does it," the vice president had said.

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