Derek O’Brien, the Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP and former Bourvita Quiz Master seems so engrossed with Twitter that he wants the Parliament to spare time for discussion about his experiences on the social media platform. As a result he wants to discuss which handles he finds offensive and which handles irritate him.
A couple of days ago, Derek O’Brien demanded in Rajya Sabha why Prashant Patel, a young lawyer who goes by the Twitter handle @ippatel was invited to the BJP’s social media meet. As per O’Brien’s claims, @ippatel is India’s ‘most ‘vilious, hatred spreading monger‘ (his words).
Derek though decided to take things to a new level to flaunt the privilege he has as an MP by threatening to name a twitter user in the parliament:
Next time, your twitter handle too will be mentioned #InsideParliament You liar. You spreader of #FakeNews You cheat. I was standing next to @OmarAbdullah and my leader @MamataOfficial when media was addressed. Omar said nothing of the sort. @TwitterIndia stop this nonsense https://t.co/5IolxFGekL
— Derek O’Brien (@derekobrienmp) July 27, 2018
As seen above, Derek decided to accuse a twitter user of lying about Omar Abdullah’s statement and as a result threatened that he would be mentioned in the Parliament.
It was indeed shocking to note that a senior MP wanted to use Parliament’s precious time to discuss social media disagreements and call out private citizens, who would be in no position to defend themselves from his attacks.
However, Twitter users did not take Derek’s threat lying down and decided to pay back in kind.
Yahan se 50-50 kos door Twitter pe jab bachcha Raat ko Tweet karta hai to Derek O’Brien kehta hai – “I will mention you in the Parliament” pic.twitter.com/gZnGdCcWLy
— Yo Yo Funny Singh (@moronhumor) July 27, 2018
West Bengal has many serious issues plaguing its citizens but their MP apparently seems to be prioritising his time in Parliament discussing Twitter.
I got hold of Derek O’Brien’s personal diary. Quite interesting. pic.twitter.com/oQc0EQCVHG
— THE SKIN DOCTOR (@theskindoctor13) July 28, 2018
If Liam Neeson in the movie Taken was inspired by Derek, we would not have bothered to travel to Europe to look for his daughter.
— अंकित जैन (@indiantweeter) July 27, 2018
Rahul Raj who was earlier defamed by Derek in Parliament also decided to speak up.
Question: How many problems can a team of 1000 @derekobrienmp solve?
Answer: 0; because all these Dereks will be busy remembering Twitter handles for Parliamentary discussions
— Rahul Raj (@bhak_sala) July 27, 2018
— Maithun ? (@Being_Humor) July 27, 2018
Derek nO’Brain: Paneer ki sabji banao.
Wife: Tinde ki sabji bani hai aaj.
DOB: I will mention your name in parliament.
— AJ ㅤ (@DarrKeAage) July 27, 2018
It seems every person not adhering to Derek’s views now risks finding his/her name mentioned in the parliament as an abusive troll.
Derek No Brain: Lift de do
Driver : Nhi dunga
D N B: How dare you, I will take your name in Parliament.
What is your name?
Driver : pic.twitter.com/LatDDsp2Is
— Nastik Engineer (@NastikEngineer) July 27, 2018
“Dekh Lunga Inside Parliament” pic.twitter.com/xldExrnxDC
— Devendra Pai (@DEVenDrapai) July 27, 2018
Incidentally Derek has been a repeat offender when it comes to misusing his parliamentary privileges. Earlier too, he had defamed private citizens inside the parliament by alleging that they spread hatred on Twitter.
Such a modus oprandi might be a preferred route for him as whatever he alleges there cannot be legally used against him. Thus it is shocking to note that the TMC MP is deciding to use the constitutional privilege bestowed upon him as a tool to harass and abuse private citizens of the country, instead of trying to bring positive changes in people’s lives.