I’ve been completely misquoted: Supriya Sule on her ‘sarees talk in Parliament’ remarks

Mumbai: After receiving widespread criticism for her statement that parliamentarians do indulge in small talks and gossip when speeches at Parliament get repetitive, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP Supriya Sule on Friday clarified that she had been misquoted and added that the issue was taken out of context. “I’ve been completely misquoted. The entire story going around is unfortunately completely out of context,” she said. She further clarified that the event she was addressing wasn’t a formal function. “It wasn’t a formal function. It was just an informal chit-chat with young students. We were joking around with each other. To judge the case one will have to go through my 20 minutes speech. The speech was on a lighter mode,” she added.

Supriya Sule

Sule had earlier said that like school students, the parliamentarians too sometimes get bored after listening to lengthy lectures and debates in the House and discuss other topics among themselves At an event organised by the Nashik-based Fravashi International Academy yesterday, Sule had said that people think that MPs are discussing important affairs but it may not be the case always when debates are repetitive. “When I go to Parliament, I hear the first speech, the second speech and third speech. Till the fourth speech, the one who is speaking is saying the same things the earlier speakers have said,” she said. “If you ask me what was said, after the fourth speech, I am unable to do so. We speak to some other MP. While chatting with the MPs, everyone is watching, the TV above is watching. People think the MPs are discussing (affairs of) the country,” she said. “If I am speaking to the MP from Chennai, you will say: Oh God, I may be discussing the heavy rains in Chennai.We don’t indulge in any such discussion. We discuss things like: from where did you buy your saree and from where did I get mine,” said Sule, who is friends with DMK leader Kanimozhi.

Addressing the students at the event, she said, “You students sometimes get bored after sitting through lectures and then start talking about actress Deepika Padukone and her looks in ‘Bajirao Mastani’.” Shiv Sena leader Neelam Gorhe said Sule’s remarks were irresponsible. “There is plenty of work while Parliament session is on. To make such comments demeans the sincere women legislators and MPs who have struggled to become House members,” she said.

Speaking on the issue of women’s reservation, Sule said, “All the male members in Parliament tease me that if an additional 50 per cent reservation is given to women, then debates in Parliament will be only about sarees, facials and parlours. “I have told them many times that your are the ones who make comments on sarees and have not done much welfare for the country. So it should not be a problem to given the proposal a chance,” Sule said.