As many as 20 opposition MPs on Friday moved a privilege notice against controversial Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Sadhvi Prachi for her "terrorists in Parliament" remark.
Known for making controversial statements, Prachi had said on Thursday that there were "one or two terrorists" in Parliament who were disobeying court’s judgment on Yakub Memon’s hanging.
"It is a big misfortune that in the Indian Parliament, we have one-two terrorists sitting there. I do not think there can be a bigger misfortune for India than this as they who, are disobeying the judgement of a court, because the court has proved that he (Yakub) is a terrorist,” Prachi had told reporters.
Sadhvi also wanted the Pakistani terrorist captured on Friday to be handed over to Hindu organisations after questioning. "It is my humble request to the Centre that after the security agencies are through with their necessary investigations the arrested Pakistani terrorist should be handed over to Hindu outfits which alone can teach him a good lesson," she said.
Her remarks invited strong reactions from the opposition. Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury and 18 other Rajya Sabha MPs gave to Chairman Hamid Ansari a privilege notice against Prachi saying her remarks had "violated the dignity" of Parliament and the privilege of MPs.
Congress Deputy Leader in House Anand Sharma, Ambika Soni, CPI's D Raja, Samajwadi Party member Neeraj Shekhar, CPI-M's Tapan Sen and JDU's K C Tyagi were the other signatories to the petition urging the Chair to initiate proceedings against Prachi for breach of privilege.
Tyagi said that members were "hurt" by Prachi's remarks and an attempt was also made to raise the issue in the Rajya Sabha on Saturday. "We have given a notice to the Rajya Sabha Chairman requesting him to initiate privilege proceedings against Prachi," he said.