Congress members in Lok Sabha on Wednesday demanded an apology from Union minister VK Singh for his dog analogy and questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi on what actions does he plan to take against Singh.
As the House met for the day, speaker Sumitra Mahajan, without specifying the subjects, said she has disallowed all notices for adjournment of the Question Hour.
At this, Congress members rushed to the Well, shouting slogans even as parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu suggested that a discussion on rain and floods in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh should be taken up first as an exception.
He said while the state government was doing its best, Parliament should show its support to the people of the state.
“Chennai is in neck deep water... navy has been deployed... the situation is precarious. Let us discuss it on priority,” he said.
But unrelenting Congress members continued to raise slogans against Singh, demanding an apology.
Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge also wanted to know what action would be taken against Singh for his remarks.
The protest continued throughout the Question Hour which continued amid the din.
The speaker repeatedly urged protesting members to return to their seats, saying the issue of intolerance has been discussed at length on Tuesday and the home minister had given a detailed response. However, the protest continued through the Question Hour.
In October, Singh’s remarks had triggered a controversy when he asked about an incident in a Haryana village where a Dalit house was set ablaze, killing two children. The former army chief said, “Never associate local incidents with the central government. There is an inquiry going on... For everything... like if somebody throws a stone at a dog, then the government is responsible... it is not like that.”