A defiant Subramanian Swamy has challenged the expunging of his comments by the Rajya Sabha deputy chairman, calling the decision as arbitrary, unreasonable and against the House rules.
The BJP MP said on Friday that he will also seek breach of privilege proceedings against Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad for “falsely” saying that the UPA government had blacklisted Finmeccanica, the manufacturer of AgustaWestland choppers.
The BJP MP had made certain comments targeting Congress members on Thursday while speaking on the issue of minority institution and Rajya Sabha deputy chairman P J Kurien expunged them following vociferous protests from the opposition MPs.
He told Swamy that he was “unnecessarily provoking others” and asked him to refrain from it.
On Friday morning Swamy took to Twitter, announcing his intention.
Today I will seek to move a Breach of Privilege against Ghulam Nabi Azad for his falsely stating in RS that UPA had blacklisted Finmeccanica— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) April 29, 2016
I have also filed a Notice in RS challenging the expunging of my words by Dy Chmn since it is arbitrary unreasonable and against RS Rules— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) April 29, 2016
Later in the day, he tweeted that the chairman of Rajya Sabha had assured him a hearing in his chamber on the issue of expunging of his comments.
Swami’s barbs at Congress have sparked protests in the House since he made his entry as a nominated member this week and the Chair has expunged some of his remarks, mostly aimed at party chief Sonia Gandhi.