Union Minister Sadhvi Niranjan uses `abusive language` during poll campaign, defends her remark

Union Minister Sadhvi Niranjan

New Delhi, Dec 2: Union Minister of State Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, who recently came under harsh criticism for using an abusive language during a campaign for Delhi Assembly polls, defended her remark on Tuesday even as Congress sought a reply from the government on the issue.

Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti said that she did not mean to target any particular person or party but separatists.

She told media persons: “I did not take name of any particular individual, community or party. I was talking about separatist parties and leaders who think of dividing the country and who do not consider themselves to be a part of India.”

Addressing an election rally in Delhi on Monday, the union minister said: “People of Delhi have to decide if they want a government of Ramzaadon (followers of Ram) or a government of those who are illegitimate.”

The minister said, “My statement was for those who don’t believe in Ram, who don’t believe in unity of country. It should not be given a communal twist,” adding “I did not take name of any particular individual, community or party.”

“Is it a crime to talk about Ram? How can talking about Ram be communal?,” she asked.

Congress, however, has decided to raise the issue in Rajya Sabha and has given a notice. Vice-president Rahul Gandhi led the Congress protest against the minister’s remark at Parliament.

Senior Congress leader Ashwani Kumar said, “It shows narrow mindedness of BJP. Such statement has never been made in history of democracy before.”

Opposition reportedly said the minister should apologize for using abusive language.

(With Agency Inputs)

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