Smriti Irani’s “Lady Member” address to MP leads to debate in Lok Sabha


Union Minister Smriti Irani today questioned why a woman member of Parliament cannot be addressed as a lady.

Her remarks came after Congress’s Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary and Sougata Ray of Trinamool Congress objected to Ms Irani referring to Geetha Viswanath Vanga of the YSRCP as a lady member during the Question Hour in the Lok Sabha.


They said the minister should have addressed her as an “honourable member”, to which Ms Irani said whatever she said was not unparliamentary and referring to a woman member as a lady was nothing wrong.


“I have taken no disrespect to her presence in the House,” Ms Irani said.


The BJD’s Anubhav Mohanty supported Ms Irani, saying she has not used any unparliamentary or derogatory or incorrect word.