As Parliament continues despite many opposition members suggesting a lock-down over coronavirus worries, the BJP's Mr. Tejasvi Surya took on the Congress on Twitter saying MPs should keep working in these times just like doctors and soldiers. The comparison is 'ridiculous', shot back Congress MP, Mr. Karti Chidambaram.
The sparring began with the Congress MP, Dr. Shashi Tharoor, commenting on members having to sit close together in Parliament despite having to advise social distancing precautions to others.
'Ironic that Members of Parliament, who must exhort their constituents to take necessary precautions against #COVID19, continue to congregate in Parliament, where they sit cheek-by-jowl on narrow benches. Far from 'practice what you preach', MPs' msg is: 'do as I say, not as I do,' he tweeted.
Mr. Tejasvi Surya responded: 'Sir, MPs aren't special. If our doctors, healthcare workers, soldiers at borders and airport staff are functioning braving all odds, shouldn't we be doing our duties as well? Precaution is important but not panic. India under PM is setting global standards in handling #COVID19.'
To this, Mr. Karti Chidambaram fired back: 'To equate MPs with emergency health workers is outright ridiculous. I salute the health workers for their commitment/dedication. But there is no justification for Parliament to function and congregate. If everything other congregation is downsized why is Parliament an exception?'