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Indore: Sadhvi’s remark is a closed chapter, says Sumitra Mahajan

Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan said the issue of controversial remarks of Union minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti is a closed chapter after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement and minister’s apology.

indore Updated: Dec 07, 2014 16:56 IST
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Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan said the issue of controversial remarks of Union minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti is a closed chapter after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement and minister’s apology.

“It should be treated as close. The house will function as per rules,” she told media after inaugurating the World Book Fair on Saturday.

Mahajan said she had adjourned the house for 10 minutes and also ensured that minister apologises. “It is not fair to linger on with the issue,” she added. Speaking further, she said that House proceedings should move ahead with its business and Opposition should raise issue if it thinks that there is any flaw in government policy.

Referring to previous instances, Mahajan said in the past as well, wrong examples were set but no apologies were tendered.

Mahajan also cautioned leaders not to use the wrong words or unparliamentary language while criticising others.

The speaker dismissed the Opposition’s allegation that she was working under some pressure and is not giving adequate time to Opposition leaders to speak on any issue.

“The Lok Sabha’s register is open for all. Even if a two-member party requests to put forth its views, I ensure that they get an opportunity to speak,” Mahajan said.

“During the question hour, if the main question was of BJP then also I give importance to Congress or CPM for raising supplementary questions. I have to give importance to all parties and if any member requests me for time, then as per rules, I will allow him/her,” she said.

On the Sanskrit vs German language controversy, Mahajan criticised leaders for giving it a political colour.

She said students should learn world languages but there should not be politics on teaching Sanskrit language in schools. “While learning any foreign language, we should not forget our own languages,” she added.