Sushma targets Meira Kumar using old video, news report

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj posted a tweet and a video clip of 2013, in which Sushma Swaraj is delivering a speech in the presence of then Speaker Meira Kumar.

"This is how Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar treated the Leader of Opposition", tweeted Sushma Swaraj, along with a video from April 2013 which shows Lok Sabha proceedings, specifically when Swaraj was speaking yet faced numerous interruptions from Kumar.

In the video, when Swaraj's speech entered into the fourth minute, the Speaker started asking her to conclude. Sushma had later said the Speaker did not "protect" her when a number of senior Ministers raised a ruckus during her speech in the Lok Sabha.

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Swaraj was seen as questioning the neutrality of Kumar, pitted against BJP-led National Democratic Alliance candidate Ram Nath Kovind for the presidential contest. In the six-minute-long video, the former Speaker is seen repeatedly interrupting Swaraj, who was then the leader of Opposition, when she levelled corruption charges against the United Provincial Alliance government.

"Kumar's (sic) repeated "Alright", "Thank you", "Okay", "I have to proceed" and similar words for at least 60 times during the next 120 seconds of Swaraj speech". She stopped only after Sushma announced that she was walking out. However, NDA seems to be in for a clean sweep at the elections as it has more than 60% of the votes after the Nitish Kumar led JD-U backing Kovind and leaving the opposition mid way. After the government named Mr Kovind, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had even said, "The Office of the President is a key post". Sushma Swaraj ji holds responsible position of the Government. Ms Kumar is the daughter of Jagjivan Ram, one of the tallest Dalit leaders of the nation, who had also been a Deputy Prime Minister. She was the first woman Speaker of the Lok Sabha.

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