New Delhi, Dec 4: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday requested the opposition to accept Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti’s apology and let the House function.
The Prime Minister said in the Rajya Sabha that he had already criticized such language at several meetings outside the House, and the opposition must now think of closure and accept Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti’s apology.
He said: “I have strongly criticized such language. The Minister has apologized. Request Opposition to accept her apology and let the House function for the benefit of the nation.”
Prior to answering questions in the Rajya Sabha during Question Hour, the Prime Minister met with key NDA Ministers to discuss the ongoing logjam in Parliament over the controversial remarks of Union Minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti.
With Parliament facing two consecutive days of opposition-inspired disruption over a demand for the Sadhvi’s resignation, the government has been categorical in refusing to take this step, sources said.
The Rajya Sabha has reportedly been adjourned till 11.19 a.m., while in the Lok Sabha, the Leader of the Congress, Mallikarjun Kharge, has demanded that Prime Minister Modi be present in the House to make a statement.
It may be noted that Delhi Police had on Wednesday registered a complaint against the minister.
Addressing voters in west Delhi’s Shyam Nagar on Monday, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti had reportedly used abusive words to urge voters to choose between candidates.
Niranjan Jyoti said, “The people of Delhi have to decide if they want a government of ha***zadon (descendants of Ram) or ha***zadon (those who are illegitimately born).”
Her choice of words had garnered strong criticism from various political parties and caused a huge uproar in Parliament.
Jyoti later tendered an apology in the both the Houses of Parliament for her controversial remarks and said that she did not intend to hurt anybody by her statement.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu had appealed to the Opposition on Wednesday, not to disrupt the Question Hour to be held today, saying they can talk out and walk out but “let there be no break out”.
Yesterday, the appeal by the Parliamentary Affairs Minister came as Rajya Sabha witnessed a virtual wash-out of its proceedings on the second day amidst no immediate signs of a breakthrough in the impasse with the government having rejected calls for Jyoti to resign from her post.
“The question does not arise at all. There is no question of the minister resigning at all,” Naidu told reporters while also ruling out any apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the row.
Hitting out at the opposition for causing disruptions in parliamentary proceedings, Naidu charged that it was not behaving responsibly. He said that though the BJP and its allies had won a massive majority, the opposition is not allowing the House to run.
(With Agency Inputs)