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Prove your claims or quit: Jyotiraditya Scindia hits back at BJP MPs in Lok Sabha

Scindia said that the BJP MPs had levelled certain “baseless allegations” against him pertaining to the Dalit community.

india Updated: Jul 25, 2017 22:54 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia speaks in the Lok Sabha during the ongoing monsoon session of Parliament in New Delhi on Tuesday. (PTI)

Accusing the BJP leaders of “tarnishing” his image by making the “baseless allegation” that he had made an “anti-Dalit” statement, Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia on Tuesday threatened to resign from the membership of the Lok Sabha, if the charges were established.

Raising the issue after the House reassembled following the swearing in of the President, Scindia challenged the BJP members to prove the allegation or resign from Parliament’s lower house.

Naming three BJP MPs – Virendra Kumar, Manohar Utwal and Nand Kumar Chauhan – he said that he had in his possession a video recording that would establish that the charges that the members of the saffron party had made were “totally unfounded”. “They should tender a public apology”, said Scindia, the Congress chief whip in the Lok Sabha.

“The function spot was not cleaned with Ganga water (as alleged) and no anti-Dalit statement was made”, Scindia said, adding that he had been tirelessly working for all sections of society for the past 15 years.

“They (BJP MPs) have been making wrong and baseless allegations against me for the past few days. My image has been tarnished. I seek your protection,” Scindia told Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.

Congress leader in the Lok Sabha, M Mallikarjuna Kharge stood up in support of Scindia, while also asking Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to revoke her Monday’s decision in suspending six Congress MPs.

At this stage, Congress members, including Scindia, Kantilal Bhuria, K C Venugopal and Ravneet Singh Bittu, rushed to the well of the house, shouting slogans.

As unruly scenes persisted, the Speaker remarked: “If you are bent upon creating a ruckus, how will the House run? I have told you to raise your concerns under the rules. Don’t try to teach me (how to run the House)”. As the din continued, Mahajan adjourned the House for the day.

First Published: Jul 25, 2017 20:02 IST