The opposition and ruling party members exchanged barbs over the Jawaharlal Nehru University row in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly on Thursday with Congress targeting the RSS and the BJP questioning Rahul Gandhi’s stand on the issue. The pandemonium forced Speaker Sitasaran Sharma to adjourn the House for 10 minutes.
The arrest of JNU students’ union leader Kanhaiya Kumar and his friends for allegedly shouting anti-India slogans led to a raging debate between the ruling NDA and the Opposition. Congress vice-president Gandhi had joined the students’ protest against the arrest.
In the Assembly, Congress legislator Ramniwas Rawat raised a point of order when minister of state for urban development Lal Singh Arya tabled the grant-in-aid demand for his general administration, Narmada Valley development and aviation departments.
Rawat said the annual reports of the departments should have been provided to the members of the House at least a week before the discussion on the grants.
Parliamentary affairs minister Narottam Mishra defended himself saying the reports had been made available to the members.
The situation turned chaotic with Congress members, led by Rawat, and the ruling party legislators, led by Mishra, started questioning each other’s patriotism.
BJP legislator Bahadur Singh Chauhan told media outside the House that the Congress MLAs termed RSS as assassin of Mahatma Gandhi. They must tender an apology for their action.
He said the RSS is his paternal organisation which had contributed to the making of the nation whereas Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi visited the JNU campus and lent his support to people who shouted slogans against the country.