A photographer for the news organization PTI captured the moment, and the images quickly went viral online. On Tuesday, while conversing on the phone inside of Parliament, Raghav Chadha, an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP, was assaulted by a crow. An employee of the news organization PTI was there to shoot the scene, and the images quickly went viral online.
A crow can be seen swooping over Chadha’s head and pecking on the top of his head in a series of three to four photos taken as he exited the House after watching Rajya Sabha sessions. When Chadha realized what had happened, he bowed his head in surprise. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Delhi handle tweeted the images while mocking the AAP leader with the old Hindi proverb “Jooth Bole Kauwa Kaate” (Crow bites the liar). According to BJP Delhi’s tweet, “Till today we had only heard, today we saw also, the crow bites the liar!”
‘रामचन्द्र कह गए सिया से ऐसा कलयुग आएगा,
हंस चुगेगा दाना दुनका और कौवा मोती खाएगा’
आज तक सिर्फ़ सुना था, आज देख भी लिया https://t.co/skKUCm4Kbs
— Raghav Chadha (@raghav_chadha) July 26, 2023
The tweet, which received over 4,000 likes and almost 1,400 retweets, has frightened online users. In their remarks, a number of Twitter users expressed concern for Chadha’s wellbeing. Another user added: “Heart is very upset.” Another Twitter user said that it was a bad omen. The BJP’s criticism comes as the Opposition tabled a resolution of no confidence in the government on Wednesday after demanding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi address the violence in Manipur within Parliament.
On Wednesday, Speaker of the Lok Sabha Om Birla accepted the notice of a no-confidence motion from the opposition Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA). However, the no-confidence vote poses no threat to the BJP administration because it has the backing of at least 332 Lok Sabha members. Raghav Chadha said in response to the motion of no-confidence, “Many times in India’s Parliamentary history, critical instruments of debate, dialogue and discussion within Parliament are exercised.
Regardless of the outcome of those instruments and motions, they are exercised with the sole objective of a long-duration discussion on an important issue subsequent to which the PM of India is compelled to come to Parliament and respond to the issues raised by the people and the Members of the Lok Sabha.” Moreover, he added, “I think these parliamentary instruments actually strengthen India’s democracy and must be exercised time and again to pressurise the government to come before the Lok Sabha and answer the questions.”