Nehru row: Choudhry asks CM to take action against Sharma, Vij

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Feb 24, 2015 18:16 IST

Leader of the Haryana Congress Legislature Party, Kiran Choudhry, on Tuesday asked chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar to immediately take action two of his cabinet ministers who used derogatory language for the country's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.

In a statement, Choudhry said education minister Ram Bilas Sharma had used a cuss word for Nehru while narrating an anecdote at a university function, and the health minister Anil Vij later defended his colleague.

He said Vij added fuel to the fire by saying "Nehru was not a good person".

The former excise and taxation minister, Choudhry said the use of derogatory language by Sharma while referring to Nehru and the "seemingly low-in-dignity" comment by Vij betrayed the kind of culture the BJP leaders were out to spread in the society and also the kind of "errant boys" Khattar had packed his cabinet with.

A mere apology by Sharma won't do, she said, and asked Khattar to immediately seek explanation and take action against the two ministers.

"Sharma's apology failed to calm the agitated Congress activists who took to the streets in several parts of the state and burnt his effigies," Choudhary added.

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