BJP and allies on Tuesday created pandemonium in the Lok Sabha after a Congress member used demeaning remarks against former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee forcing two adjournments.
The NDA members were agitated when Beni Prasad Verma used a derogatory word against Vajpayee during a debate on the Liberhan Commission report.
The NDA members demanded an apology from Verma for the comments.
Speaker Meera Kumar expunged the word and Home Minister P Chidambaram expressed apology on behalf of Verma but the agitating NDA members were not pacified, forcing the Speaker to adjourn the House for 20 minutes till 5 PM.
When the House re-assembled, the ruckus continued with BJP members insisting on apology by Verma.
At the behest of the Speaker, Verma said, “The House is above all. If I have hurt them (BJP members), I regret.”
This did not satisfy the BJP members who continued to demand his apology, drawing the attention of the Speaker to the demeaning word.
BJP President Rajnath Singh said expression of “regret” by Verma was not sufficient and he should apologise failing which his membership should be terminated as he had “insulted” the House.
The Speaker said everyone had lot of respect for Vajpayee and any inappropriate comment against him was “sad”.