Displaying a combative posture for the first time , Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar sternly snubbed Congress MLA and former speaker Kuldeep Sharma for mocking the ruling BJP by giving it's a new nomenclature on the last day of monsoon session of the Vidhan Sabha here on Monday.
Not only did Khattar, who is seen as a soft-spoken and calm and composed leader, sternly rebuke Sharma, who was assembly speaker during the previous Congress regime, but also gave an instant analogy to drive his point home.
It was after education minister Ram Bilas Sharma moved a proposal that the House pass a resolution expressing its gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for granting one rank, one pension (OROP) to ex-servicemen.
Sharma said that there was no question of passing such a resolution as only a diluted version of OROP had been accepted by Modi. He also claimed that it was the Congress regime that had started OROP and not the BJP-led NDA government while adding that it was because of the dilution in the OROP scheme that ex-servicemen's stir was still on.
He went on to say that he had learnt that Khattar was not only hooted but also not allowed to speak at Modi's rally at Faridabad on Sunday and that people understood the reality of party.
Sharma then gave a new nomenclature to BJP while seeking to describe it as a party that only made promises, but never fulfilled them. It was at this point that Khattar instantly stood up and sternly told Sharma..
"Aisa nahi hai. Main utne samay ke liye bola, jitna samay mujhe diya gaya tha… aur aapko aisi halki bhasha ka upyog nahi karna chahiye (This is not right. I spoke for as much time as was given to me. You should not use such shallow language)".
As the treasury benches raised slogans against the Congress and Sharma at short intervals, Khattar continued with his composed but stern and direct snub: "Aise hi agar mein aapke naam ko, Kuldeep Sharma, jo ke ek sangya hai, proper noun hai, bigaad du, aur kahun Kuldipo Sharamsaar to aap ko bhi thes pahunchegi (If I distort your name, which is a proper noun, would also feel hurt).
"Hamen sangya ko nahi bigadana chahiye aur Bharatiya Janata Party ek naam hai, ek sangya hai. Yeh hamari party hai aur hum sab iska bahut samman karaten hain (We should not distort proper nouns and BJP is also a name, and one should not distort it. We hold our party in great esteem," he said.
"This could be done in political rallies and other platforms but it would not be tolerated on the floor of the House," Khattar summed up, while the slogan shouting against Sharma and Congress went on for several minutes.
Speaker Kanwar Pal later expunged Sharma's coinage mocking the BJP after vociferous objections raised by the treasury benches.
INLD SUPPORTS RESOLUTION ON OROP, CONG WALKS OUT
While leader of the Opposition Abhay Chautala supported the resolution and sought another resolution requesting the Centre to implement Swaminanthan commission recommendations too, several Congress MLAs, namely former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Raghubir Kadian, Karan Singh Dalal, besides Sharma, opposed it saying that details about the OROP scheme and its modalities were yet come and there was no point in passing the resolution. The Congress members then walked out in protest.