PC remark on saffron terror stalls both Houses
Shiv Sena and BJP members brought Lok Sabha to a temporary halt over Home Minister P Chidambaram's remark on saffron terrorism and sought his apology.delhi Updated: Aug 27, 2010 00:11 IST
Shiv Sena and BJP members brought Lok Sabha to a temporary halt over Home Minister P Chidambaram's remark on saffron terrorism and sought his apology.
Shiv Sena members Chandrakant Khaire, Subhash Wankhede and Ganesh Dudhgaonkar stormed into the well of the House during Zero Hour, claiming that Chidambaram's statement was against all Hindus.
Demanding an apology, they waved copies of party mouthpiece Saamna and asked how a Hindu could be labelled a terrorist in Hindustan.
During a discussion on Kashmir, BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi said saffron was a symbol of peace and one of the colours of the national flag.
He warned of a tough reaction if the Home Minister used such language in future.
"Maybe you want that reaction and that is why you have said it" he said.
Proceedings in the Rajya Sabha were also disrupted briefly when LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan demanded suspension of Question Hour to discuss "saffron terror".
BJP chief Nitin Gadkari did not spare Chidambaram either.
"I do not believe there is any such thing as saffron terrorism.... Long back, secularism used to mean respect for all religions, but for Congress today it means only appeasement of minorities."