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PM apologises for Atal remark

delhi Updated: Dec 10, 2009 00:54 IST

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh apologised to the Lok Sabha on behalf of the government after the BJP protested against the use of a derogatory term in reference to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee by Congress member Beni Prasad Verma in house on Tuesday.

As the question hour was to start, BJP members led by Sushma Swaraj again protested against the use of the derogatory term against Vajpayee and forcing the PM to issue a statement in the house.

“I have learnt that an undesirable development took place. What a member of the ruling coalition said was not appropriate,” said the PM who returned from a 3-day tour to Russia.

“I on behalf of the government apologise to the house and feel that those words should not have been used,” he added.

Verma had referred to Vajpayee and other BJP leaders as “neech aadmi” (lowly people), sparking off strong protests from the Opposition benches.