Parliament on Friday strongly condemned the assault on agriculture minister Sharad Pawar at a public function in New Delhi. Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar said the House strongly condemns the unfortunate incident of assault on the agriculture minister.
The House "expresses its unequivocal disapproval of taking recourse to violent and undemocratic means to express disagreement," she said. Before the Lok Sabha met for the day, several members went across to Pawar, who was seated in his alloted seat in the first row, as a gesture.
Rajya Sabha too condemned the assault on Pawar. When the House met for the day, chairman Hamid Ansari made a mention of the incident that took place on Thursday barely a few kilometers away from Parliament.
"I am sure the whole House will join me in condemning the assault" on Pawar, he said as members thumped their desks in show of support.
BJP leader Sushma Swaraj, Senior Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee, NCP leader Praful Patel, CPI leader Pramod Das Gupta, JD-U leader Sharad Yadav and many others condemned the incident. They all were against the use of violence. Many leaders also expressed unhappiness over media showing video footage of Pawar being slapped again and again.
However, Lok Sabha could not do any business and was adjourned for the day after the leaders condemned the attack. The Rajya Sabha was also adjourned till Monday after uproar over government policy to allow FDI in retail.