opposition parties on Wednesday cornered the Narendra Modi government in Parliament over the controversial statement made by Minister of State Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti. Parties were led by the Trinamool Congress in both the Houses as they demanded Jyoti’s resignation for using abusive language.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu appealed to opposition parties to allow the House to function and said that the minister had already apologised and that if the opposition desired she could read out her statement of regret again.
Congress’s Anand Sharma and other opposition leaders, however, refused to relent and insisted on Prime Minister dismissing the minister as she has broken the law and abused the Constitution.
Anand Sharma said, “The law has been broken. The Constitution has been abused. The Prime Minister should dismiss the minister as an apology us not enough.”
Niranjan Jyoti had stoked a controversy by saying that all Muslims,
Naidu continued to appeal to opposition parties saying, “We have been patient. The Union Minister has apologised. A Congress leader abused Atal Bihari Vajpayee but that minister was never dropped. TMC’S Tapas Pal had also made a controversial statement. The Opposition should let the House function.”
Senior BJP leader LK Advani said MPs should use decent language. “The opposition parties feel it is their duty to stall work in Parliament. We expect all Parliamentarians to use decent language.”
Upping the ante against Niranjan Jyoti, BSP and CPI also demanded her resignation.
BSP supremo Mayawati said, “Sadhvi should step down as Union Minister. If she doesn’t quit, the Prime Minister should sack her.”
CPI leader Sitaram Yechury said, “Sadhvi Jyoti must be removed from her post. She cannot get away with just an apology.”