The UPA faced some embarrassing moments in the Lok Sabha on Friday when replies of two juniors ministers — Krishna Tirath and Ajay Maken — evoked strong reactions from the Opposition.
Many MPs were dissatisfied with Women and Child Development Minister Tirath’s reply to a question on the Integrated Child Development Scheme.
“I am not satisfied with the answer because I had asked about the monitoring system and accountability system,” Anandrao Adsul (Shiv Sena) said.
BJP member Sanjay Jaiswal said the entire ICDS scheme stank of corruption. Tirath retorted that he may bring specific cases of corruption to her notice and action would be taken.
Several members from the Shiv Sena, Akali Dal, BJP, BJD and even the ruling Congress voiced their con Later in the day, Minister for State for Home Maken had the entire Opposition on their feet when when he said the security of MPs would be reviewed only after feedback from security agencies.
He was replying to a demand by JD(U) MP Sushil Kumar Singh for security because his life was in danger from Maoists. “I seek security so that I, as a public servant, can perform my duties without fear,” he said. Even Delhi was not safe because of Maoist influence, he said.
“Without security agency inputs, we cannot take any decision,” Maken said.
This triggered protests from NDA members. BJP’s Murli Manohar Joshi said it was the minister’s duty to provide security and if he was unable to do so, he should resign.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs V. Narayanasamy defended Maken, saying he would have to ascertain facts. Speaker Meira Kumar said MPs’ security was a matter of concern to her and those feeling threatened should be provided security. This pacified the members.