NEW DELHI: Hitting back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his “Ramayana” jibe at her in Parliament, Congress MP Renuka Chowdhury Sunday said there was no GST on laughter and that she did not need anyone’s permission to laugh. She also said that Modi’s remarks against her showed his mindset towards women.
The former Union minister said she received a huge support from women across the country after Modi’s remarks over her laughter. “There were hashtags like #Laugh like Surpankha, #Lol is a passe and #Laugh Like Renuka Chowdhury. I am a five-time MP and the prime minister draws a parallel of me with a negative character. But he forgets that the women today have changed and they know how to speak for themselves. This shows his mindset towards women,” she told reporters.
Chowdhury was speaking to the media on the sidelines of the “Difficult Dialogues” conference on gender Panaji. The MP said people’s support had been her base throughout her public life. “If you are right, it resonates all over. That’s what is happening now…There is no rule on how and when. You laugh…and there is no GST on laughter. I don’t require permission to laugh after being a five-time MP. I have shattered the myth of being stereotyped,” she added.