New Delhi, Dec 3: The Opposition parties on Wednesday continued with their protests in Parliament over the removal of Union minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti and sought a statement from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue.
According to reports, the united opposition forced an adjournment of both houses of Parliament.
As soon as the House took up question hour, leader of Congress Mallikarjun Kharge said made a sarcastic remark that it is a privilege that the Prime Minister is present in the House today. Kharge insisted on the resignation of Jyoti from the council of ministers for her controversial remarks.
Reacting to his taunt, BJP members retorted saying Prime Minister Modi has been attending parliamentary proceedings.
Soon, Congress members, joined by Trinamool Congress and MPs from other opposition parties, trooped into the Well demanding a reply from the PM.
In the Rajya Sabha, angry exchanges were witnessed between the ruling and opposition benches.
Niranjan Jyoti, minister of state for food processing industries, had apologised in Parliament on Tuesday, but opposition parties like the Left want her to be sacked and should face criminal charges for trying to incite communal hatred.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who addressed a meeting of the BJP parliamentary board, had asked the party MPs to be cautious when making comments in public.
Earlier, the government had said the matter was closed with the minister expressing regret, but Congress members indicated that they intended to press the issue in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.
Niranjan Jyoti had reportedly stated at a public meeting in Delhi on Monday, “The people of Delhi have to decide if they want a government of Ramzaadon (descendants of Ram) or haramzaadon (those who are illegitimately born).”
The comment had created an uproar in both the houses of Parliament on Tuesday. The uproar in the Lok Sabha settled after Jyoti offered an apology, members in the Rajya Sabha refused to back down, as they demanded that she should be sacked from the Council of Ministers.
(With Agency Inputs)