At a time when the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party is advocating orientation programmes to train legislators in proper conduct, senior party leader and education minister, Ram Bilas Sharma, has courted controversy by allegedly using a cuss word against the country's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.
Sharma was the chief guest at the three-day folk festival of the Maharishi Dayanand University at Rohtak on Sunday when during a speech on the literary legacy of Haryanvi folk artiste, Lakhmi Chand, he reportedly used a cuss word against Nehru, one of the tallest leaders the Congress has ever had.
Congress leader and former MLA, BB Batra, termed Sharma's remarks as "unfortunate" and an "insult to country".
In Sirsa, angry Congress workers led by party leader Naveen Kedia shouted slogans against Sharma outside the mini-secretariat and also burnt his effigy.
The Congress members demanded that Sharma resign with immediate effect.
"He should have control on his language while talking about a senior leader of the nation. This cannot be tolerated," said Kedia.
However, under fire for his remarks, the education minister reportedly clarified that he did not insult the late Nehru, but only narrated a story by someone else that contained the swear word.
Another Congress leader Hoshiyari Lal Sharma issued a press release condemning the alleged foul language used by Sharma used by Nehru.