When Lalu Yadav joked at Mamata Banerjee, Ex PM Vajpayee had a good laugh

There has always been a mix of laughter and debate in Indian politics. People remember the face-to-face debates on issues between leaders of political parties and the hidden laughter in them. One such unique moment happened when Lalu Prasad was involved in the debate between Yadav and Mamata Banerjee, the video of which is once again going viral on social media.

India’s political history underwent a significant turning point in 1999 when a no-confidence resolution was introduced in parliament. Prominent Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) politician Lalu Prasad Yadav was highly appreciated for his distinct oratory skills and well-spoken speeches during the tenure of Atal Bihari Vajpayee as prime minister. The politically charged atmosphere intensified when Lalu Prasad Yadav fought violently with Mamata Banerjee during his statement in the Lok Sabha.

The no-confidence motion was being discussed in the Parliament. During this, Lalu Prasad Yadav said to Mamata Banerjee – “Is it not true that train was asked for?” On this, Mamata Banerjee replied – “It was not asked for!” In response, Lalu again said, “If it was not asked for, it will not be given, anytime now.” Hearing this, even the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee could not stop laughing.

When RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav responded to Mamata Banerjee in this manner, everyone present in the Parliament, both opposition and party, started laughing loudly. Later Lalu asked Mamta to sit. On this Mamta Banerjee said that she would not sit. In this way, Lalu Yadav kept speaking further and the people sitting in the Parliament kept laughing after listening to whatever he said in his speech.

After watching the viral video, users shared many reactions. One user writes, ‘Only Lalu ji has the power to make Atal ji laugh.’

Another user writes, ‘Atal ji Prime Minister and Kalam ji President together, what a golden time it was for Mother India.’

Another user writes, ‘Think, is such a debate possible in today’s times? People had a good nature in those times which is somewhat missing today.

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