For the second consecutive day on Friday, the Rajya Sabha remained paralysed with the Opposition launching a vociferous protest over minister of state General (retired) VK Singh’s controversial remarks allegedly comparing Dalits with dogs and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s reported comments on Ram temple.
No business could be transacted as the Upper House witnessed three adjournments through the day as the Opposition led by the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and supported by the Congress persisted in their demand for the expulsion of Singh from the government.
The government, however, was steadfast that no action would be taken against Singh as he had already clarified on the issue.
Through a Facebook post, Singh hit back at his detractors and said those who were targeting him were making a “laughing stock” of themselves. “My expectation was that Rajya Sabha would dedicate itself wholly to the nation’s welfare, going beyond narrow-mindedness. But my belief got drastically hurt when I found members of Rajya Sabha involved in narrow game of cat and mouse, describing which is painful to me,” Singh said in his post.
Even before the pandemonium over Singh’s comment had subsided, Samajwadi Party (SP) members began creating ruckus over Bhagwat’s comment that “ground should be prepared” for building Ram temple in Ayodhya. The SP too has demanded action against Bhagwat.
Responding to SP’s demand for action, minister of state for parliamentary affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, “People have the fundamental right to reiterate their commitment for the construction of a temple but the government will respect the court’s decision.”
The proceedings for the day had begun on a sombre note with the MPs mourning the death of former member MAM Ramaswamy, but soon after, BSP chief Mayawati kick started commotion by saying that the government’s attitude over Singh’s comments was “very sad and unfortunate.”
Lok Sabha too was adjourned for 30 minutes in the afternoon due to lack of quorum. Earlier in the day, Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan pulled up Congress member Deepender Singh Hooda for trooping into the well to protest against not being granted enough time to raise the issue of One Rank, One Pension. “You are still young. These types of tactics are not proper,” she told Hooda, who later staged a walkout in protest.